24 Hours of LeMons

Porsche Le Mans 1971

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, History, Porsche, Racing, Videos by Dustin Driver | April 28th, 2013 | 1 Response |

1971 Martini Porsche 917

Porsche is getting ready for its return to Le Mans in 2014. And it wants to remind you all that in 1971 it thoroughly and properly kicked ass. The monstrous 240-mile-an-hour 917 took first and second places, setting multiple records along the way. Oh, and 10 of the 13 cars that finished that year were Porsches.

In 1971 Porsche built the first magnesium-framed 917. The delicate birdcage of highly flammable and ultra-lightweight metal weighed just 42 kilograms, or 92 pounds. The frame was swathed in gossamer sheets of flowing fiberglass and perspex and given menacing tail fins. Then Porsche gingerly installed their latest creation: A magnesium and titanium air-cooled flat 12 good for more than 600 horsepower. The results were positively manic. Click through to see a highlight reel from the season, featuring the tarmac-swallowing, fire-breathing, time-warping 917.

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Nissan DeltaWing Driven At Road Atlanta: CHRIS HARRIS

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, American Le Mans Series, Best of, DRIVE, General, Import Rides, Nissan, Racing Coverage, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | November 7th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Nissan DeltaWing

Surely the most interesting and innovative racing car of the past 30 years, the DeltaWing finished 5th at Petit Le Mans. We drove it two days after the race. Engineer Ben Bowlby’s interview is compulsory viewing for all racing fans. A day to remember. – CHRIS HARRIS

Source: Youtube.com/DRIVE

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Flat Out In a Le Mans Winning Porsche 962

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, American Le Mans Series, Best of, DRIVE, European Rides, General, Porsche, Racing Coverage, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | September 29th, 2012 | 1 Response |

Porsche 962 Chris Harris on Cars

Can you imagine getting a call from Ferrari or Porsche asking you to drive one of their priceless race cars? I mean for a car guy, that’s a wet dream come true. Chris Harris recently had that happen when Porsche called him up and said, “Hey Chris, how about you come on over and drive our Le Mans Winning Porsche 962?” Honestly, if he’d had said no I’d have flown to the UK, killed him and then driven the damn thing myself. Thankfully though, he said yes… Click through and check it out.

Source: Youtube.com/DRIVE

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Radial Madness

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, Bizarre, Featured by Dustin Driver | February 28th, 2011 | 3 Responses |
Here’s a recipe for you: Place one WWII-era 540-cubic-inch Kinner R-5 radial aircraft engine, one late-model Toyota MR-2, and mechanical mad genius Marc Labranche in a garage. Mix well. Head directly to a 24 Hours of LeMons race. Read More…

Are Manual Transmissions Done, And Should We Care?

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, auto industry, Cadillac, Car Buying, Car Tech, Cars, driving, Featured, Ferrari, Promoted by Kurt Ernst | January 4th, 2011 | 17 Responses |
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

A Ferrari 458 Italia; something is missing...

I was following an interesting comment thread on another board recently, and it played out like this: Commenter A, who claims to have extensive tuning experience and claims to drive a Jeep Cherokee SRT-8, made the bold statement that manual transmissions are obsolete. He further went on to say that enthusiasts should get over this and embrace the automatic, which is superior to the manual in every way. As you’d guess, a thorough beat-down of the original commenter ensued. From the language and grammar used, most commenters were posting from their mom’s basement, and had experience driving manual transmissions on Need For Speed and Grand Turismo only. That’s how things generally go on internet message boards, especially poorly moderated ones.

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Ridelust Recap: Dustin’s Favorite Cars of 2010

2010 was a good year. The venerable Lancia Stratos came back from the grave. Jaguar built a car with two jet engines in it. The Mustang shaved its mullet and proved itself as a more-than-capable sports tourer. Chevy’s long-awaited Volt turned out to be pretty good. And Cadillac made the most bitchin’ station wagon ever. But my favorite cars this year didn’t make the glossy magazines. They won’t end up in posters plastered to 15-year-olds’ walls. They won’t be featured in Forza or GT5. They are, however, spectacular in every way imaginable. Here they are, in no particular order.

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Vehicular Highlights of 2010: Ridelust Style.

Ridelust End of Year

Over the past year both Kurt and myself have done our best to bring you guys the best that the automotive world has to offer. We’ve attended shows, reviewed loads of cars and have even managed to have a little fun along the way. The best part about what we do though are the emails, comments and feedback that we receive from our readers. For instance, if for some reason we stumble, we know damn well that you guys are going to nail us to the wall for it. Same goes if we have strong opinions about certain subject matters or if we throw some humor your way. Our goal is to make Ridelust.com a place where you guys can come, hangout and enjoy everything that the mechanized world has to offer and for 2011 I promise that it’s only going to get better. Below is quick listing of 5 of my favorite highlights from 2010… enjoy.
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Octo-Rod Interior Revealed!

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, Bizarre, Car Tech, DIY by Dustin Driver | December 8th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Not long ago, this eight-legged beast lurched forth from the tumultuous waters of eBay, snarling and shaking decades of dust from its fiberglass coat. It was soon subdued by 24 Hour of LeMons racer Speedycop, who shipped it from its lair in Iowa to his workshop in Maryland. The car was pretty much a mystery when it was first spotted on eBay. The listing featured less than a dozen low-res pictures and a vague description. We knew it had two Mazda rotary engines, two Jaguar differentials, and eight four-lug wheels. Now the thing’s secrets have been revealed. It’s built with heavy-gauge two-inch square steel tubing and ultra-thick fiberglass. Its rotaries are packed with performance parts and its interior is festooned with blinking lights and gauges. The total cost for this work of automotive art? $4900 and change.

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TEAM ANGRY Video at the 24 Hours of LeMons

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, Buick, muscle cars, Racing by MrAngry | July 30th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

As some of you know we just competed this past weekend in the 24 Hours of Lemons up at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford, CT. TEAM ANGRY ran a matte black 1979 Buick Regal with 211,000 mile on the clock. Sure we had our share of problems, but at the end of the day who didn’t. When we broke down, we broke down BIG… like catch on fire, jump out of the car and run away big, but when we were running, we were running great. Take a quick look at this short video of us not only catching, but passing the same 1963 Corvair that we drove in last years LeMon’s event and then take a gander at the old Corvair doing its best ballerina impression as it pirouettes right off the track… whoops.

24 Hour LeMons: New England Edition Recap.

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, Buick, Old Cars, Racing, Rally, Used Cars by MrAngry | July 26th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Team Angry

When I was a kid the only thing I ever wanted to do was play with cars. I had loads of Matchbox cars and Hot Wheels and would do anything and everything in order to grow my collection. I raced them inside and outside, played with them in the dirt, ran them through water and even put a few in my Dad’s old vice to crush them up when it was demolition derby day. For me cars were a way of life and no matter how crappy my day was, these little buggers always seemed to bail me out of a bad mood. Now at 38 years old many things in my life have changed. For one thing I’m about 200 lbs heavier than the kid who used to run his toy cars around his grandmothers kitchen, I also have a bit less hair and more responsibility. The cars however haven’t changed and because of this I can still feel like I’m six years old again any time I wish.

Enter now the 24 Hours of LeMons, the race for the six year old that lurks inside of every full grown man. Racers come from all over the region in cars that are literally held together with zip ties and duct tape. This past weekend I had the opportunity to compete in my 2nd LeMons event up at Stafford Motor Speedway with some of the best individuals that one could have the privilege of knowing.

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