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On The Track

It's not the final build video, but we couldn't wait to show you the world's first road racing airplane on the track.  If you haven't been following the build, you can catch up and enjoy the fun.

 
Episode 5 - Putting It Together

Mating a Cessna to a Toyota van isn't easy, but it IS possible! We finally get the chassis and the plane merged...

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Episode 4 - Panels, Landing Gears, and Frames

Episode 4 of The Spirit of LeMons is out! In this episode, we continue to gut the Cessna.  The front landing gear has to come out as well as all the avionics in the nose.  We also build a supporting frame for the plane so we can lift it over the Toyota van chassis.


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2012 Lemons Season Recap

How did we win the 2012 National Points Championship in The 24 Hours of LeMons?

The answer is simple: Volume! Each entered team car gets three points. We had 28 separate team entries, consisting of 11 race cars in 11 different races throughout the United States. It was an all-out team effort at a breakneck pace throughout the year---building, theming, rebuilding, retheming ad nauseam. There were some iconic LeMons firsts, like an AMC Pacer, a Suzuki X-90, a racing pop-up camper, a classic Falcon, and a bowling alley on wheels, along with some fun multi-car themes, such as the Titanic and the Iceberg at Summit Point, and the Monitor and the Merrimac at fall CMP. Here's a brief recap of the insanity that was 2012:

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Episode 3 - The Smell of Cessna In the Morning

Episode 3 of The Spirit of LeMons is out! In this episode, we gut the Cessna and talk about how the van will fit.
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Episode 2 - Winglets and Mid-Mount Engines

Episode 2 of The Spirit of LeMons is out! In this episode, Dave is a landing gear and Jeff cuts up a wing.
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Power to the Cockpit

Tonight we attempted to power up the flight control systems in the Cessna. Using two car batteries and a battery charger, we were able to provide enough voltage to light up the avionics panel, and the navigation beacon. Dave Mills walks us through it.

 
Episode 1 - Toyota Tear Down

The first episode for the Spirit of Lemons gives a quick overview and covers the tear down of the Toyota Vanwagon.  We even take the Cessna back to the skies... kind of.


 
Speedycop's Guide to Getting Started in Lemons

Choosing Your First Car:

It really depends on what kind of racing you hope to do in LeMons. Do you want to go reasonably fast and focus on maximizing track time while racing? Get a Civic/Saturn/Escort/Miata/second gen MR2/Volvo 240/etc. Wanna be more reliable than most, but necessarily all that fast? Get a Corolla/Tercel/Geo Metro, or something along those lines that really doesn't have enough power to destroy itself. Do you want to drive something ridiculous, probably much less reliable, but potentially worthy of the Index Of Effluency (the GRAND PRIZE in LeMons racing)? Buy an unusual old car that has no business being anywhere near a race track. If you have to ask Jay Lamm for a weight waiver, you're off to a good start. If you've never heard of the car manufacturer before finding the car, even better! I personally find the oddball stuff to be far more fun, and more challenging on the track as well. Most racers can go relatively fast in a good car. Not many can go relatively fast in a total POS, but I assure you they will have more fun trying! I grinned far more broadly while sliding around Gingerman in a rusted-out '65 Impala wagon on forty year old rubber than I did running the fastest lap of the race at Summit Point in my Mark VIII.

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