For the 24 Hours of LeMons race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in May, I decided that we would bring our old Suzuki X90 (formerly of pop-up camper race car fame) back as a hot dog stand. The Gang of Outlaws and I built a steel framework and put a tin roof and wood brick paneling on it, along with some printed vinyl banners. Although it was a massive aerodynamic hindrance and added about 500 lbs. to our race car, we flogged it hard on the track, and managed to finish 48th overall out of 124 teams! Not too shabby for a little body on frame SUV powered by a stock ’94 Miata four-cylinder engine. More importantly, we raised hundreds of dollars for Bella Reed Pitbull Rescue by giving away hot dogs all weekend and accepting donations. Our efforts resulted in another Index of Effluency win, the grand prize in the 24 Hours of Lemons series.
Check out the LeMons wrap up video (with lots of footage of our hot dog stand in action, starting at about 8:20) here:
We won the Rally’s grand prize!
Driving a three-wheeled English car that has been parked since 1991 cross country in February isn’t necessarily the most prudent course of action, but that’s exactly what makes it an adventure! Adding a helicopter to the mix that only survived two laps of racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park before grenading the 30 valve Audi engine is exponentially more stupid, but we did it anyway.
At the end of this month, we will embark on an EPIC adventure. We’re planning to take both the SpeedyCopter and the newest addition to fleet: A 1971 Reliant Regal! This 3 wheeled, fiberglass, Harry Potter-esque car last saw road duty in the U.K. in 1991. We acquired it a couple of weeks ago, and managed to get it running just a few days ago. Well, if you consider popping, sputtering, slipping clutch, dripping oil from everywhere, and leaking fuel from it’s 25HP (750CC) engine ‘running’, that is. We have our work cut our for us in the next two weeks! No worries, though, because our 185/45R13 snow tires arrived on schedule, and are now mounted. As long as there’s no wind, hills, other vehicles around, or darkness, we should be fine. Right? Right. Cheers, Mates!
The Upside Down Camaro is being featured on the Garage Genius episode of Outrageous Acts of Science Wednesday night (August 3rd) at 9pm on the Science Channel!
The car originally debuted at New Jersey Motorsports Park in a 24 Hours of LeMons race two years ago. It’s inverted an inverted 1999 Camaro convertible body, mounted on a steel framework, perched atop a $200/200k mile 60 HP 1990 Ford Festiva.
Now that we’ve proven we did what we set out to do (which took thousands of hours of hard work!), please make a donation to the Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund, and make a difference for a wounded veteran through this link:
Thanks to The Gang of Outlaws for all their hard work helping me realize this crazy dream, to my friend Don Huffman for the great music, and to Damion Jedlicka for his fantastic work on the video! Special thanks to my wife Jaime Bloch, the SAINT, who not only put up with me disappearing into the garage for the last six months and blowing our savings (and this month’s mortgage, uh-oh) on this outrageous build, but working with me on it day and night, even when she was really sick!
Sneak preview of our road racing helicopter, with a significant twist to be revealed soon!
Speedycop & The Gang of Outlaws are back! Follow along as we take a decrepit 1969 Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter and convert it to a 24 Hours of LeMons race car.