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Team Meeting tonight at 6pm at Sweet River Bar & Grill

1150 Shaw Avenue, Clovis, CA -- click here for map -- next door to the Sierra Vista IHOP

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Engine Theory / 10,000 AW11 Tachometer
« on: June 14, 2011, 11:27:16 AM »

This is the famous TOM'S/Chowini's 10krpm tachometer

Newsletters / C&D Editor to Punish Detroit Racers
« on: April 28, 2011, 10:28:52 AM »

Apply by May 7th to have CAR AND DRIVER boss Eddie Alterman whiz on your racecar, insult your manhood, and criticize your clothing choices.

Compared to Eddie, this stuff seems pleasant.
Mid-April's Detroit/Chicago enduro at Gingerman featured sub-freezing evenings and racing in snow. It'll be hard to make warm, sunny July's Gingerman outing that nasty, but we think we can do it: We're bringing in Car and Driver editor-in-chief Eddie Alterman as our captain-grilling, cheater-baiting, garb-mocking Special BS Judge.
You already know how mean Judge Jonny is, and he's just a senior editor. Alterman's an editor-in-chief. Editors-in-chief know how to make PR peoples' heads explode, just like in Scanners. (To keep the pain level constant, future races may include locust plagues, salmonella taint, and Def Leppard tribute bands.)

 Apps for LeMons American Irony (16-17 July at Gingerman Raceway) are due on May 7th. For event details click here; to log on and enter go here. Post-race complaints should be sent directly to Eddie's mom.

Newsletters / LeMons Denver: Apply by Saturday!
« on: April 28, 2011, 10:14:54 AM »

So, the B.F.E. GP (aka LeMons Denver at High Plains on 9-10 July) is coming up fast, unlike the cars that'll run it. Sign up by this Saturday (April 30) for the best shot at making the grid. Guys named Adolph will be given priority, as enshrined in the Colorado State Constitution.

 See more event details here; to log on and enter go here. Hope to see you in beautiful downtown Deer Trail, population 26, this summer. Best--JL

Cars / Bill's MK1 Kayak Rack
« on: March 27, 2011, 06:15:04 PM »
It looks great Bill!

Miscellaneous / Drift vs Grip
« on: March 21, 2011, 11:38:36 AM »
Hey guys,

I have a friend who just doesn't understand why I think drifting is cool. He think it is slower than normal driving and that the only reason why imports drift is because they don't have the torque to do burnouts in a straight line, so they have to do it when traction is lower in a corner.

My explanation is that there is a place for both grip and drift racing. However, I have to believe that grip is better than drift or else we'd see F1 cars drifting all over the place. But, on the flip side, I heard that when my hero Keiichi Tsuchiya began drifting back in the day, it was such an unorthodox style that people mocked him but yet he began winning and did really really well drift racing.

So what's your opinion on it? Again, I told my friend that it's all about the type of race. NASCARs would be slower if they tried drifting those loooong corners and people wouldn't be able to do gymkhana without drifting.


Newsletters / CMP Race & Parade Signups Due SATURDAY!
« on: March 09, 2011, 01:59:23 PM »
Self-Appointed Heroes to Wallow in Track Mung, Public Approval
That's right: It's LeMons racers' annual chance to appear in public without risking rotten-fruit impacts. LeMons South Spring (at Carolina Motorsports Park on 21-22 May) kicks off again with a racecar parade through downtown Camden on Friday the 20th, followed by tech inspection, beer, rock bands, more beer, street food, and beer-soaked BS judging in the Camden Town Square, all to a background of horrified/bemused locals*.
Don't miss your chance to be a hero to every 10-year-old boy in a small Carolina resort town (everyone's vision of success). For full event info click here; to log in and enter go here. This one tends to fill up, so if you're coming, don't miss the Saturday 12 March app deadline.
(*Oh, and there also does tend be moonshine.)
Best & hope to see you there--JL 
    John "Jay" Lamm, Chief Perpetrator 24 HOURS OF LeMONS
5675-C Horton St, Emeryville CA 94608
510.655.5980 x23 (Jay direct)

Track / Show me your favorite in cab F1 footage
« on: February 24, 2011, 11:16:13 AM »
Hey guys,

I would like to see some awesome F1 footage where I can hear the engine revs and everything going on. Do you have a favorite F1 clip on YouTube with good in-cab audio? If so please share!! :beerchug:


Chit Chat / Zombie Hunters
« on: February 24, 2011, 11:14:03 AM »
Hey Bill,

I am wondering if you have ever seen this site? A friend of mine showed me it and it's really cool.

Here is their mission:
Zombie Squad's mission is to educate the public about the importance of personal preparedness and self reliance, to increase its readiness to respond to a number of disasters such as Earthquakes, Floods or Zombie Outbreaks.

So the name is odd but the concept is sound: If you can survive an onslaught of zombies, then you can probably survive nearly any natural disaster.

There are a lot of great things to check out in their ZombieSquadWiki and of course their forum.

Let me know what you think!

Newsletters / How Not to Fail Tech + Pyrotect Changes
« on: February 24, 2011, 08:37:20 AM »

When building your racecar, do you avoid reading the LeMons Rulebook or FAQs 'cause of all the damn words? Don't sweat it: Since illiterates are already welcome in NASCAR, we figure why not in LeMons? Thus our new illustrated free handbook, How Not to Fail LeMons Safety Inspection. Check it out here as a (kinda slow-loading) interactive web doc or in printable PDF form. Your last good excuse for clogging the Tech line has just been removed.

Here's the bad news: Some prices on LeMons-rate driver gear (the ones in the online LeMons store) have gone up. The good news is, that's because Pyrotect has upgraded a lot of the stuff for us:

1. All "Everything" kits now include lightweight carbon/Kevlar SA2010 helmets and the required-for-2011 fire-resistant socks.
2. The "Marginally Better" kit has become the "Significantly Better" kit, swapping the old multilayer Nomex/Proban suit for a new multilayer all-Nomex suit.
3. Okay, I may or may not have also added a few bucks for the maintenance on my 25th Anniversary Countach. (I mean, have you ever priced out the 10K service on a Quattrovalvole V12? It's ridiculous.)

Cheers, Nick

Chit Chat / Wrecking Yard Tuesday @ 4:15pm
« on: February 21, 2011, 08:55:53 AM »
Hey guys,

Yesterday my dad was at West Side and found two 1986 MR2s, a silver with black interior and white with black interior. So I am headed there tomorrow after work to get both white bumpers and whatever good black interior parts I can find.

If you would like to meet me out there, or if there is something specific for our LeMons MR2 that I should pick up, please let me know!


Projects and Build-Ups / BigMike's Restoration Endevors
« on: February 20, 2011, 03:24:49 PM »
Now that my car is back on the road and doing so well, I am going to start working on cleaning it up and making it look presentable.

I want to open this thread with some goals I've got in mind. Now that I've got a full-time income, I'll be able to really start cleaning it up. However, my wife and I are in the process of getting all our debt paid off first, so I won't be getting too serious about this until Fall.

Here is what I've got in mind at this time:
  • Flat-nosed 85-86 style front bumper
  • Finish driver's side trunk air intake scoop
  • Build reverse front hood scoop and lean radiator forward
  • Replace any plastic and rubber parts as needed
  • Panda black/white new paint job
  • Black 15" Enkei RPF1 wheels
  • New suspension bushings all around

Newsletters / Saturday: LeMons on Speed Channel!
« on: February 18, 2011, 02:45:33 PM »

Lucas Oil on the Edge's coverage of the 2010 Rod Blagojevich Never-Say-Die 500 at Autobahn Country Club is airing this Saturday 2/19 at 7pm Eastern on Speed Channel. A quick glance at their schedule reveals that we have scored the desirable slot between jet boats/mud bog and the 4x4 Jamboree. Check your local listings!



Suspension / Free rear strut tower
« on: February 09, 2011, 07:03:36 PM »
Bill, is this what you had in mind? I think this is a 1985-86 front strut brace. All we gotta do is just add some material at each end and bolt it up

Brakes / Larger than stock
« on: February 09, 2011, 06:55:07 PM »
So apparently people are using ST185 Celica calipers and rotors. The Celica is 5-lug and apparently it's possible to redrill for the AW11's 4x100mm bolt pattern.

The Celica rotors are about 177mm in diameter.

I haven't figured out all the details yet, but we can EASILY get drilled & slotted Celica rotors from our brake supplier for cheap.

We can also go with 1994-1999 GT-Four (ST205) 4 piston calipers and 315mm rotor, but this might require a 16" wheel, I don't know :dunno:

Some links to start with:

The AW11 Brake Upgrade Thread

AW11 MR2 Brake Bolt-on Brake Upgrades

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