I posted a bit about our 24hrs of Lemons entry in my build thread here: http://locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.p ... 1&start=15
Chet wanted to hear about the results so I thought I’d post the story here.
Short version: We won. Pics and a mini article here: http://jalopnik.com/tag/thunderhill-lemons/
I’m the really happy guy with both arms in the air! First place paid $1500 in nickels.
Long version: We ran a wrecked bone stock 1.6L Mazda protégé with a Fram air filter and stock exhaust, including the cat. We got the car for $200 after it rear ended a jeep. Damage was limited to the RF shock tower and the top of the motor (cam gear). We pulled the shock tower out a bit with a truck and chain and put in a new cam + gear. We ran on Federal brand tires. Nothing fancy. We were the 12th fasted car out of ~65. Stock 13.2 gallon tank – no additional fuel cell. For motivation, conversation and comfort we carried with us three inflatable dolls and two inflatable sheep. “Perfect Wife” was zip tied to the antenna for the first 2 hrs of the race. “Tammy” rode in the front seat while Judy and one of the sheep rode in the back. The sheep on the trunk was zip tied to a satellite dish mount for the entire race. The dolls were not anatomically correct however the sheep were.
Our plan was to run long and steady and stay out of trouble. A black flag for rough driving was a 30 minute stop and go penalty! About an hour into the race it became clear that given the fuel economy we were getting that we might be able to run 8 hours on 2 tanks of gas. This would be a huge advantage since refueling required driving the entire length of the paddock at 10 MPH and fueling at the designated fueling station at Thunderhill. So we turned consistent laps and kept our nose clean. Under full course yellows we did a lot of fuel economy driving. We were in 4th place after 2 hours and did a fast driver change. At ~4hrs we did a fuel stop and driver change. At ~6 hours we were 1 lap up and did a driver change. That was my stint – 7:15PM or so to 9:00. At the checkered flag for the day we were 5 laps up. Sunday was more of the same. The first driver took a brutal 3:15 hr shift. We stopped for fuel and a driver change and ran it to the finish. Margin of victory was 18 laps. In 14 hours of racing we were off track only twice: 4 wheels off once when James hit a big antifreeze spill and I dropped 2 off at night when I hit two major patches of mud two cars had dragged back onto the track. Total fuel burned was ~45 gallons for 14 hours of racing. We had zero mechanical trouble and secured the manufacturer’s championship for Mazda. The only glitch we had in the entire race was a meatball flag for the inner fender liner working loose on the previously wrecked fender. We did a quick stop and go in the pits to cut out the plastic that was hanging down and were back underway in seconds.
Laps times and results here: http://www.mylaps.com/results/newResults.jsp?id=713849
It was a blast. Check out http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/
for the 2008 race schedule and make a run at the coin!