Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Car night

If you don't bleed on/for your race car, you ain't doin' it right.

I'm doing it right.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The unsexy side of LeMons

In a perfect world, LeMons should be about going fast in crapheaps or going fast-ish (sometimes) in stoopid silly crazy macheens while we all avoid penalties, wrench madly and have a good laugh. Unfortunately, the world isn't perfect. That's not all LeMons is about.

So what else is LeMons about? Ridiculous amounts of tools and the space needed to store them. Spare parts that come out of our ears. Our crapheap did have a home for all the tools and belts and clutch cables and CV axles; we appropriated a teammate's garage. It had become LeMons HQ... and the HQ was in chaos. 10 mm socket? Can't find that! Oh yeah, it's only the most used socket on our rusty crusty Neon, but that didn't seem to matter. Specialized part for the sister Jetta? ATS knew he had it... somewhere. Old oil? Oh yes, we had that in abundance!

Something needed to be done. Something not sexy. Something practical.

A garage re-org. We documented our effort, and we are proud. Please see below!

All that crap was in piles along each wall. There was some organization... but not much.

Look! More shelves!

He's still so proud.

TetanusRacing HQ

The owners stand proud.

Even the lightbar has a home.

It took us a good hard two days of work, but we got results. Our race prep will go more smoothly, ATS actually knows what parts he has on hand for the Jetta, and everything looks so much prettier. It might be unsexy LeMons, but it's still all good.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2011 Gator-O-Rama Thank Yous

The pits were fun and friendly, the racing was clean, the fixes heroic, and the judging was excellent. Thank you to everyone involved. I love LeMons racing, especially in Texas.

I do need to highlight some specific individuals for awesomeness:

Rich for the tools. Having the right tool at the right time made a potentially terrible, painful job quick and blood-free.

Zach, Kent, Bill and the entire Mostly Harmless racing crew for general awesomeness.

Troy for possibly loaning us a trailer. Just the thought is making us drool.

Matt and the Luchadores team for the catfish. That sh!t was good!

komododave for brisket, encouragement and sympathy. You rock, my man.

Marty showed up instantly in our paddock when we broke. Mark was only slightly slower to show up. I think he had longer to walk. How cool is that? Thanks, guys.

Brian for blowing up. I know it sucks for you, but it definitely amuses the rest of us.

Arcangel needs recognition as the most awesome woman in Lemons. (Sorry Anna!) She's actually remembered my name since the first race, and her stories are fantastic. Thanks for hanging out, and the cookie.

John (the Hoonatic) admitted his car was a risk factor for herpes... while is girlfriend was sitting on his lap. Thank you John for one of the funniest moments of the weekend.

Sajeev and Scott need recognition for general after-hours awesomeness.

The Blue Goose guys were wonderful neighbors. We eventually had a multi-canopy compound that could have housed a small third world country. Very cool. They also loaned us their rolling cart, which saved my aching back. Not only are they good racers, they're friendly. Fantastic!

I know more people need recognition, but my tired brain can't produce any more names. Fantastic weekend. I'll see all y'all at ECR for the North Dallas Hoopie!