Saturday, August 9, 2014

LeMons: 'There Goes the Neighborhood' Saturday night kind-of-live

Keystone Kops at Summit Point, 2013. (Murilee Martin photo)

Earlier this week, I previewed this weekend's 24 Hours of LeMons race ("There Goes the Neighborhood") at New Jersey Motorsports Park. In LeMons, the winners are really sidenotes to the narrative of the weekend, but for those half-dozen teams embroiled in the long endurance battles, a lot of pride is at stake. So this post will contain my ramblings for the half-dozen people who care about the outcome of some crapcan race in the Garden State.

Today's race session was a long one, encompassing a nine-hour slog around NJMP's Thunderbolt course. Tomorrow (Sunday) will see a 5-1/2 hour "sprint" to see who comes away with the overall and class trophies. The varying time slots should keep it interesting, so let's see how today ended and what to expect in the final handful of hours. Naturally, this being Saturday night, this will all be plucked directly from my mental notes in the interest of time.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

24 Hours of LeMons: "Doing Time in Joliet" liveblog

9:10 a.m. We will be liveblogging the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Autobahn Country Club all day. This was originally intended to happen on, but that site is currently having some technical issues so we'll make the best of it here and then copy and paste it to Hooniverse once that site is back up.

Green flag today flies at 10 a.m. with the checkered flag at midnight tonight

9:25 a.m. Car count should be around 95 starters today.

9:41 a.m. While most teams are organized for gear tech, some opt for the "Unbox and toss it all on the tech shed floor" approach.

9:45 a.m. Cars are out and circulating before the green flag. Fifteen minutes until the race starts. The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers' Volvo 245 is already ahead of where they were at Gingerman, as the car is running on race day.

10:00 a.m. Green flag! The #33 We Are Not Really From Iran take the green flag first. Supra Troopers lead the first lap in anger. Only 14 hours until midnight checkered flag.

10:15 a.m. Full-course caution for a rollover of the #422 Honda Civic, which is sporting a Led Zeppelin theme with a zeppelin mounted on the roof.

10:30 a.m. Civic driver checked out OK with the medic. The blimp is wrecked somewhere near the far corner of the racetrack.

10:51 a.m. Early on in the race, the Supra Troopers turbocharged Supra leads by 13 seconds from the One Percent Racing BMW E28. College Brats' Chevy Cavalier leads Class B and runs fourth overall. The real battle should be in Class C, where Der Schnitzelwagen's VW Squareback leads Windy City Racing's automatic-equipped BMW 2002 and the Afunzalo Racing Fiat X1/9 by just a few seconds.

Der Schnitzelwagen famously led last year at Autobahn by 25 laps at the end of day one, running on only three-quarter throttle. They "fixed" their throttle issues for the next day and promptly nuked the the air-cooled engine to lose the class.

11:25 a.m. All updates should be over on Hooniverse here henceforth.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A shortcut to the 2014 ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours entry list

As I wrote in my weekly Hooniverse Motorsports Weekend Guide, I should let the sportscar racing experts handle the previews of the ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours. But being who I am, I'll give a quick rundown of my thoughts because, well, this is my website.

Before delving too deeply into this, it's important to remember that just about anything can happen in a 24-hour race (especially at such a daunting circuit) so there are no givens anywhere. But the talent in the driver lineups and on the pit wall is high enough that most of the top-class (SP9) cars can win outright.

You can find more information on how to follow the race in the Motorsports Weekend Guide over on Hooniverse, but let's go right to my partially informed opinion!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Where did everything go?

If you're looking for the normal Rusty Hub content, you can find it over at Hooniverse:

Eric's introduction at Hooniverse

A sweet video post

VIR 24 ChumpCar preview

LeMons NJMP preview

Fret not, The Rusty Hub will be around so you can peruse archived stuff. We'll see what else may come this way.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

LeMons Pacific Northworst: The Rusty Hub's Preview

(Murilee Martin)

We've written about the uniqueness of the Pacific Northwest in crapcan racing before with 24 Hours of LeMons races producing inexplicable results and with ChumpCar World Series producing a nail-biting battle at the end of a 36-hour race.

That said, the entry list for this weekend's Pacific Northworst LeMons race at The Ridge Motorsports Park has simultaneously floored and stumped us here at The Rusty Hub HQ. Why? In short:

- It has more variety than we've ever seen before. The entry list has 52 teams, but there are no more than two of any type. The doubles include expected types like Integras, Mustangs, Camaros, Escorts, RX-7s, Supras, Jettas and Saturns. But it also includes pairs of BMW 2002s, Austin Minis and--somehow--BMC ADO17s (both Austin-badged).

- Only one previous winner is registered and there are no clear-cut contenders after that. Basically, half of the field is in play.

- Even the team we might predict as a Class B favorite has had a problematic racing season.

Early-week weather forecasts call for mild temperatures and a dry track, meaning that weather shouldn't be a factor, so we'll be interested to see how the race shakes out over the weekend. As always, you can make your own predictions based on the unofficial entry list, which you can find here.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sharknado actor has driven in LeMons? Of course he has

(Jim Stewart photo)

Thanks to a note in The Rusty Hub's Totally-Used-All-The-Time Tip Line, we've learned that the 24 Hours of LeMons can boast that they have Possibly Actual Hollywood Celebrities among their driving ranks.

Pictured above-center is Ian Ziering--in the news of late for his role in the campy SyFy movie/Internet sensation Sharknado--whose LeMons resume includes past appearances in the Faster Farms Plymouth Belvedere and more recent stints in the Mazdarachis Mazda RX-7.

Ziering also appeared on something called "Dancing With the Stars," which is not a Carl Sagan-narrated program about spacewalking but rather some kind of "reality television show." He also spent most of the 1990s as a cast member from "Beverly Hills 90210," which is not a show about mail carriers.

This has been the inaugural version of Possibly Actual Hollywood Celebrities.

Monday, July 15, 2013

ChumpCar Nelson Ledges: Results

We missed live updates on ChumpCar World Series' Shortest Longest Day at Nelson Ledges Road Course last Saturday, but it appears to have been yet another very competitive long-form (14 hours) race with a trio of experienced teams outlasting the competition to stand on the podium.

The super-fast V6-swapped Toyota MR2 from MR2 Biohazard took the overall lead early on Lap 88 and never looked back, remaining in P1 for the race's final 460 laps, giving the fast MR2 its second win of all time and second podium of the season.

Maybe the biggest story of the race, however, was the appearance of the Will Race for Beer Saab 9-5, perhaps better known as the team that ran almost perfectly for 35 hours and 55 minutes of the previous weekend's 36 hours race in Spokane. Yes, the RBank Racing squad came back for more and finished P2 for the second week in a row.