Watch the story of how the Upside Down Camaro race car came to be, and have a few laughs along the way! For the record, we finished 98th out of 139 cars, beating 40 proper race cars, and one Rolls Royce along the way. Our fast laps, unfortunately, failed to record on our Go Pro, but they were roughly 40 seconds/lap faster than the slowest car in the race.
My latest creation, the upside-down Camaro race car, has finally hit the track here at New Jersey Motorsports Park! Check out the video of the much-anticipated unveiling of this top secret project, and see it in action:
The NJMP Mystery Car has been revealed! It's a frightening fusion of a wretched 1990 Ford Festiva and a horrible 1999 Chevy Camaro, with a not-so-subtle twist. The Festiva's tiny (1.3 liter), smoky, worn-out (almost 190k miles) engine has enough trouble moving itself in ordinary traffic. Now, it has been saddled with the entire inverted body of the much larger car, including the original Camaro wheels. Putting this thing on a race course with real race cars would be tantamount to suicide, were it not for the stringent safety rules. Now, it's merely extremely hazardous, and highly ill-advised. The reactions have been every bit what we expected: bewildered looks, broad grins, and plenty of laughter. The track's tow guy passed our car in the pits, stopped, backed up, snapped a pic with his phone, and said "That's gonna cause some confusion on the track!"
People constantly ask me what drug or alcohol-fueled altered states of consciousness induce these terrible LeMons builds. I wish could offer such a rational explanation. I don't know where they come from, but they are never in short supply. I'm an 8 year-old kid trapped in a 40 year-old body, with just enough talent to pull off my wacky ideas, and, fortunately, enough truly amazing friends to help make them a reality. People are already asking what's next. I have a yard full of potential LeMons cars, and a head full of bad ideas. I guess I'll have to pick one, and get started...
MotorPunk Magazine in the U.K. has done a fantastic feature on The 24 Hours of LeMons for their August issue. They contacted me months ago for info on the plane, and now the issue is in print and online. Apparently, the most prominent of all the "mentals" in LeMons is yours truly, despite being "an ordinary looking chap, a policeman, a Sunday school teacher and all round good guy." Check it out!