Maryland International Raceway has become one of the premier drag racing venues on the east coast, and its location (a mere 40 minutes from Casa De Speedycop) makes it a prime destination for some Friday night team shenanigans. Speedycop & The Gang of Outlaws took the Upside Down Camaro, the Spirit of LeMons Cessna, and the Geo Metro Stretch limo to MIR to pit them against each other. Strangely, they all achieved almost the same MPH in the 1/4 mile, although the 1.3L Camaro/Festiva hybrid was about a second faster than the 2.2L plane, and several seconds faster than the 1.0L (3 cylinder) Geo limo. Built for racing the 24 Hours of LeMons, they are set up for maximum reliability and great fuel mileage during endurance road races---not low ET's and quick 60' times. Mostly, though, they are just built to entertain the spectators, and entertain they did. Even the track announcer said "This [upside down Camaro versus Cessna] may be the most interesting drag race in MIR history!" Labor Day weekend meant very low numbers of race cars present, and plenty of passes down the 1/4 mile for those who showed up. Both the Geo Limo and the plane were driven to and from the track as well, making for lots of dumbfounded expressions (and countless photos) from the other motorists on the road.
I gave a live radio interview about my latest creation, the Upside Down Camaro race car, on South African National Radio during a primetime (9 a.m.) morning show Saturday, August 17, 2013. It was 3 a.m.my time, so I was a bit groggy, but it went well. Have a listen!
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...