The 24 Hours of LeMons

The 24 Hours of LeMons (pronounced lemons) is a great event that's all about maximizing racing fun for minimum expense. The basic premise is to find the cheapest clunker you can get your hands on and spend no more than $500 to purchase and upgrade it for racing. Then outifit it with a rollcage, five-point harness and any other safety equipment you choose and go racing for a dozen hours or more over a weekend. The purse for winning is $1,500 worth of nickels just to reinforce the fact that you shouldn't take this event too seriously. We raced the LeMons South event at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC, and had the time of our lives.

During pre-race inspection the judges busted us for a Vtec engine complete with headers and cold-air intake, so we started 75 laps down and 90th out of 94 cars. But after two days and more than 550 miles of racing we wound up 41st. Not too bad considering we struggled with our Honda's brakes all day on Saturday.

Pinstriping:  A bonus video for you. After finishing the build on our 1991 Honda Accord we called on pinstriper extraordinaire Tom E to give the car a little style. Our theme was a wanna-be NASCAR Cup team, which gave us a good excuse to plaster the logos of everyone who helped us out on the build. Tom also did the fantastic pinstriping on the hood freehand.

Photos of all 94 Cars (courtesy Jalopnik)

The 24 Hours of LeMons website

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