The Spirit Of Lemons EPIC Road Trip!

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The 2019 San Diego Comic Convention is in the books. The #SpiritofLemons street legal #Cessna #airplane #racecar was a big hit! It was filmed and admired by thousands of people each day as it roamed the streets around the convention center, streaming the @Ripleys Believe It Or Not/@Travel Channel banner. Now, we are taking an EPIC coast-to-coast road trip in the #planecar! Keep an eye out for us on the roads and in the news as we travel, and please tag @Speedycop whenever you see us on social media!

Spirit of Lemons Airplane Racecar At San Diego Comicon

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We brought the #SpiritofLemons #airplane #racecar to the 15th Annual San Diego Comic-Con July 18-21 for the Travel Channel and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! It was an AMAZING experience. We *need* to be back home Sunday night the 28th in time for Ripley’s Believe It or Not show on the Travel Channel. Set your DVRs, because they are airing a 6 1/2 minute segment on us that they filmed last year. It’s gonna be good!!!

#Airplane #racecar #planecar #airplanecar #carplane #BuiltnotBought by Speedycop & The #GangofOutlaws

AMC Pacer #Fishbowl

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AMC Pacers have been called “fishbowls” since their debut in the mid 70’s, due to the shape of the rear and the large glass areas. In my mind, it was high time two were turned into a real fishbowl (complete with real Betta fish). My incredible team, Speedycop & The #GangofOutlaws, has built nearly three dozen cars in the last ten years for The 24 Hours of Lemons. They stepped up yet again, going far above and beyond, to execute my newest harebrained idea IN JUST 19 DAYS!!!

Building on this car was Jaime Bloch, Don Trevett, Joshua Stephen, Nicholas Keifer, John Cox, John Ward, Dustin Kosar, Matt Rhinehart, Brett Werts, Ken Ashby, Sami Ashby, Karl Applegate, Matthew Luehman, Chris Albright, and yours truly.

The incredible clear aquatic-themed wrap was designed in one day and applied the very next by the extremely talented and friendly folks at Arba Graphics in Hughesville, MD. Graphic artist Ramon designed it, owner Tim and tech Steve applied it, and Elaine helped with it all.

We took two completely rotten Ohio Pacers that John Cox and I just picked up (‘a 78 and a ’79), skinned them, and mounted the back halves on out team’s old 1991 Toyota MR2. It had been sitting in my woods for years, and was also in rough shape. It needed a clutch, brakes, tires, the seized calipers freed up, and the serious varmint infestation removed. I even found a 5 foot snakeskin in the passenger floorboard!

Less than 3 weeks later, we raced the #Fishbowl at New Jersey Motorsports Park in The 24 Hours of Lemons, where it turned very fast laps and won the Organizers Choice!

Another automotive oddity #BuiltnotBought by Speedycop & The #GangofOutlaws.

The Wall Street Journal Article & Video!!!

Click for the FANTASTIC video:

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What a TREMENDOUS honor this was for our race team Speedycop & The Gang of Outlaws! Author/ WSJ writer/actor A. J. Baime gave us an amazing half page (A-12) in yesterday’s WSJ print edition, photographer April Greer shot some incredible photographs, Adam Falk filmed it (with Tom Di Fonza’s help) and edited it, Carmel Lobello produced it, and my whole team helped with the prep and the shoot. Truly AMAZING work!

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Check out the online article (with lots of additional pictures) here:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/please-call-these-cars-lemons-1501600953

The Trippy Tippy Hippy Van Build Saga

The idea came to me—as so many other bad ideas do—by simply wondering how to make something totally conventional into something far more creative and entertaining to watch. Our previous builds were based on the same premise. What if a plane could be made into a racecar? We built the Spirit of LeMons, a ’56 Cessna 310, into a totally reliable street/track car that handles incredibly well, despite the mundane ’87 Toyota van base. I chose that particular model van because it uses a mid-engine/RWD setup and torsion bars in the front, which made for a low center of gravity, and left no strut towers protruding from the narrow fuselage. What if we did it again, but with a helicopter? Most helicopters have quite rounded bodies and use narrow skids, so even if a fuselage could somehow be sourced cheaply enough, neither would hide the chassis of even a small vehicle inside. The solution was clear to me—use pontoons to hide the vehicle chassis, and add an extra layer of challenge to the build by making it amphibious as well! The Upside-Down Camaro presented fewer serious engineering challenges, but still worked amazingly well as a visual gag. I wanted to recreate the jaw-dropping wow factor of that build, but how? A backwards truck had already been raced. I needed to think more unconventionally.

Why not a vehicle on its side? Continue reading

2017 NCM Mystery Build

The Trippy Tippy Hippy Van!

For the first ever 24 Hours of LeMons race at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, we wanted to pull out all the stops. Check out our teaser video for what is possibly our wildest build to date: