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If you're going on the cheap Crow and G-Force are your best bet for race wear. That's probably what i'll be getting for next year, unless i buy a race car of my own. Then i'll spend the dough on something a little more comfortable for the sprint style races we have here in the midwest.

24 of Lemons should be a great learning experience for ya man. Hope you guys have fun and finish the race.
 

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One of my HPDE instructors did a 24 hours of Lemons here in Texas. His whole team had to wear diapers around the paddock for passing under yellow (accused of doing so by the team that passed them under yellow). He said it is as much a game as a race. Could be a lot of fun.

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Yay, our team got accepted into the Fall South 24hrs of Lemons at Kershaw South Carolina on Sept 12-13. We've got our 4th and final team member. Now we can focus on getting our 91 Mitsubishi 3000 GT transformed from the current POS into a race ready blistering track demon. I can only hope we can get it in good working order as it initially had some ISSUES. At the very least it should have good brakes. I pulled the dust shields off it front and rear and put some Carbotech XP10/XP8 pads on with some ATE fluid. The brakes seemed to be in good shape, even has ventilated rear discs. I may fabricate some brake ducts, but I'm told this race is not brake intensive. Lots of traffic and no high speed to hairpin turns.

Though I've never driven one, and this car isn't drivable yet, I suspect this car to be an understeering motherf**r. It has a huge front sway bar and a rear sway bar about the diameter of a Bic ballpoint pen. I see an out of spec alignment in this car's future. On the plus side it has electronically adjustable dampeners if we can make them work. Gotta get the roll cage, seat brackets, and fuel cell completed. Geez I found out my helmet and driving shoes won't fly because they aren't fireproof. Gotta get a whole suit, glove, shoes, and helmet ensemble. Shit, even racing on the cheap is expensive.
 

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Yay, our team got accepted into the Fall South 24hrs of Lemons at Kershaw South Carolina on Sept 12-13. We've got our 4th and final team member. Now we can focus on getting our 91 Mitsubishi 3000 GT transformed from the current POS into a race ready blistering track demon. I can only hope we can get it in good working order as it initially had some ISSUES. At the very least it should have good brakes. I pulled the dust shields off it front and rear and put some Carbotech XP10/XP8 pads on with some ATE fluid. The brakes seemed to be in good shape, even has ventilated rear discs. I may fabricate some brake ducts, but I'm told this race is not brake intensive. Lots of traffic and no high speed to hairpin turns.

Though I've never driven one, and this car isn't drivable yet, I suspect this car to be an understeering motherf**r. It has a huge front sway bar and a rear sway bar about the diameter of a Bic ballpoint pen. I see an out of spec alignment in this car's future. On the plus side it has electronically adjustable dampeners if we can make them work. Gotta get the roll cage, seat brackets, and fuel cell completed. Geez I found out my helmet and driving shoes won't fly because they aren't fireproof. Gotta get a whole suit, glove, shoes, and helmet ensemble. Shit, even racing on the cheap is expensive.
good luck with the project!

the race seems alot of fun, is it only in the east coast? should update us with pictures or something from time to time :thumbsup:
 

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Well you may have some competition next year if i can form a team together. I have 3 of the 4 drivers needed, now i need to find a crew.

We'll be prepping a 1976 Firebird LeMans for the event. It has a 250cc straight 6cyl, and 4 sp trans as of now. I'm getting the car for like $50 from a friend and my team and i will be getting to work on it hopefully this winter.
 

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Well we now have a driveable car and a facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/24-Hours-of-LeMons-Jacky-Ickx-GT30/109724431683
After some minor teething issues I was favorably impressed. The car is similar to my previous RSX. The handling is not as bad as I feared, which is fortunate because we are limited on modifications. We only had a few brief runs around the rural neighborhood but we hope to take the car over to a 1 mile test track in Orlando this weekend for a better shakedown. We've had some drama this week because our roll cage fabricator went belly up the day before we were to bring the car in:dontknow: So we are going to another fabricator but time is getting short. The car is looking pretty rough but we will eventually paint it to match the Gulf GT40. Our seat should come in next week and then the roll cage. Loren needs to clean up the wiring harnesses that are strewn all over the place like an untidy spider web.

Well you may have some competition next year if i can form a team together. I have 3 of the 4 drivers needed, now i need to find a crew.
We'll be prepping a 1976 Firebird LeMans for the event. It has a 250cc straight 6cyl, and 4 sp trans as of now. I'm getting the car for like $50 from a friend and my team and i will be getting to work on it hopefully this winter.
We welcome competition we will eat your firebird for lunch and poop the remains upon the track:lift:, well if ours is still running by then:nervous:.
 

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Well you may have some competition next year if i can form a team together. I have 3 of the 4 drivers needed, now i need to find a crew.

We'll be prepping a 1976 Firebird LeMans for the event. It has a 250cc straight 6cyl, and 4 sp trans as of now. I'm getting the car for like $50 from a friend and my team and i will be getting to work on it hopefully this winter.
I think you mean a 250 Cubic Inch 6 cylinder. A 250 Cubic Centimeter engine in a tank like that would never get moving...lol.

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Its coming up soon, Sept 12-13. Its been a lot of work, but I've learned alot. We got the roll cage in last week and I fabricated a racing seat bracket to get us more headroom. I'm getting better at welding. That bracket was a bitch, trying to get the seat to fit and still use the sliders, necessary because we have 4 drivers ranging from 5'8" to 6'4". Plumbed the fuel cell with a swirl pot. Biggest problem we have now is our illustrious captain cracked the windshield glass and the lexan he got isn't thick/strong enough. I just hope the car holds together because we haven't had much track time. I just hope they don't blow it up before its my turn to drive.:run:
 

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good luck!! my friend and i bought a car last year and entered lemons south spring this year at cmp in kershaw, it was tons of fun, we came in 6th overall and won "least horrible yank tank" (best finishing american car) if your planning on winning ill tell you this much penalties are everything, to be a front runner at the end you MUST stay out of trouble at all costs. and DO NOT try to cheat, i know your probly thinking you have some sneaky mods done to your car that the judges will totally not notice, trust me those dudes know more about every kind of car ever built that you know about your favorite car in the world, it blew me away how fast they could spot stuff on cars when going through tech. we got accepted to the texas race in Oct. and are currently getting the car into fighting shape again, oh, our team is the "lemons Vuitton" lol here's a couple pics

the car is suppose to look like a luis vuitton purse, complete with handle ;)

 

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haha, its a blast, i would def recommend it to anyone as a must do in the racing world. oh yea, and on the lemons page they say they run cmp short course and put the chicane on the front straight to slow these beaters down, but as of the race we did there they didnt run the chicane and was WAAAAAYYYY more fun/faster goin down the front strait, good times good times
 

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^ :rotfl:

that is just awesome :thumbsup:. i wanna do this now, looks like way too much fun
Stay in touch, you're somewhat local and we might need another driver in Ohio in Oct. This is my first one, but if you really wanted to get into it, I'm guessing that if you come to one of the races and meet some people and make some connections you might hook up with a team for the future. I know there are at least 2 teams in the Tampa area, ours and the one that our team owner was part of and there's another in Sarasota and probably others I don't know about.

good luck!! my friend and i bought a car last year and entered lemons south spring this year at cmp in kershaw, it was tons of fun, we came in 6th overall and won "least horrible yank tank" (best finishing american car) if your planning on winning ill tell you this much penalties are everything, to be a front runner at the end you MUST stay out of trouble at all costs. and DO NOT try to cheat, i know your probly thinking you have some sneaky mods done to your car that the judges will totally not notice, trust me those dudes know more about every kind of car ever built that you know about your favorite car in the world, it blew me away how fast they could spot stuff on cars when going through tech. we got accepted to the texas race in Oct. and are currently getting the car into fighting shape again, oh, our team is the "lemons Vuitton" lol here's a couple pics

the car is suppose to look like a luis vuitton purse, complete with handle ;)
Hey you guys did pretty good to finish 6th. Our team owner was part of another team and they came in about 15th I think, largely because they stayed out of trouble. Yeah I've heard about the inspection. We have tried to keep things to the rule but this is my first so I don't know what to expect.

Bring extra tires, that tank is going to eat up front rubber like no tomorrow.

Local group ran an old Volvo 240 wagon and did pretty well a couple months ago, they're going to run it again next year.
Roger that. We do have an extra set of tires. This thing is like the RSXs fat older brother. Everything that is wrong with the RSX is times2 with this thing. More weight up front and 1/4 the anti-roll bar in the rear. No limited slip but more low end power to spin the tires!. I ended up welding 2 OEM antiroll bars together that might on a good day equal the stock bar of the RSX.
 

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they dont like suspension mods, they may penalize you for that sway bar. i concur with the bring tires suggestion, we had 16 wheels and tires and used all but 2
 
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