LeMons Pacific Northworst BS Inspections: Two-Stroke Saab, Two-Stroke Miata, and a Plymouth Scamp
We’re up in rainy, gloomy Washington State for the second annual Pacific Northworst 24 Hours of LeMons, and this field is shaping up to be one of the best we’ve seen in the ’12 season. There’s the usual assortment of BMW 3-series, Mazda RX-7s, Acura Integras, and Fox-body Mustangs, but those cars are just the background against which the real racers stand out. You know it’s going to be a good race when you speculate about how the Saab 96 is going to fare against the Sedan Deville and the Town & Country.
The great thing about this series is that this car is not its first two-stroke Saab. Note the interesting roof-mounted cargo box; that’s an emergency supply sled, made to be air-dropped over Antarctica.
Balto, the infamous Polaris snowmobile-engined Mazda Miata, came up from California. You have to admire a race car with an engine/transmission combo that weighs just 85 pounds.
We’d been hoping for years to see a Dodge Rampage in LeMons, and now we’ve got something even better: a Plymouth Scamp, the Rampage’s Omnirizon truck sibling.
The same team also brought their veteran Chrysler Town & Country minivan, which is amazingly quick on a road course despite being naturally aspirated. How do you think the BMW drivers are going to feel when they get passed by the Soccer Moms?
Good team themes and costumes abounded. If you’re going to do a circus team, you can’t forget to bring the “lion.”
Really going above and beyond was the Office Space–themed Team Tchotchkes presentation, which featured the team’s Post-It-covered BMW 325i towing a terrifyingly complete Initech office cubicle.
The best part was that several of the team members “borrowed” cubicle gear from their real-world offices.
The LeMons Supreme Court may need to borrow this office to use in an especially cruel “veal-fattening pen” penalty tomorrow. A time-lapse video showing most of the Pacific Northworst entries in embedded below, and be sure to check out the photo gallery. Check in Saturday night to see who’s leading, and be sure to visit the Car and Driver clearinghouse for all things LeMons.
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