What's all this about?
Armed with a team of barbeque and
automotive experts and a 1989 Saab 900
purchased for $400, Team Carbeque is a
unique racing team determined complete the 24 hours
of LeMons... all while making barbeque under the hood.
Find out more: >> Click here to read our mission statement
4 Days until departure haiku:
Odds N Ends done. A Weld here, Exhaust hooks there. Paint the rust we're bored.
Posted by The Gearhead on October 3, 2011, 2:15 am CST
The results of this were...well...terrible. By the time we got to the major painting, the temperature had dropped to well below what the paint recommended, and at some point one of the rollers kind of fell apart so the car's covered in lint. A fresh stripe is planned for Tuesday. Also caught a few mosquitos.
One week left, less do theeees!
Posted by The Gearhead on October 1, 2011, 10:33 pm CST
With a week to go, the team is finishing up preparations for the final race of our 2011 season. Involved was our new driver, Willy, who invited us over to his shop (we were late, sorry!) to use his lift...
We got through the list of to-do's pretty quickly so while we were grilling out back, Willy helped us set up our suspension...which is slightly less HORRIBLY ASSYMETRICAL now thanks to his neat alignment tools. The photo below is us setting the toe slightly out, which means the fronts of the tires are pointed slightly out which helps in turn in response and through corner control. Street cars are generally set up with a neutral setup or slight toe in for straight line stability. Stability is for wussies, we can dial that out...all done.
Then the idea came across to weigh it, since he of course had some fancy scales he uses to set up his Spec Miatas. They were shiney.
2600lbs with driver surprised all of us, thats only a couple pounds more than one of these Miatas, hah! Sure our center of gravity is 3ft higher and our engine hangs off the front bumper but our weight distribution is still 60/40 which is again, better than we were expecting. See a trend here? Of course this means we need to add that weight back in a sweet ground effects kit! Its cardboard now but if the work is done quick enough the metal version should be ready for the race next week. Oh btw ITS NEXT WEEK OMG WTF BBQ!!
In the meantime, the pitmaster is working out the plans for the second box, which will be mounted right next to the exhaust manifold. Initial testing indicated the need for a full enclosure due to wind keeping temperatures disappointingly cool. Pictured below is the basic idea of v2.0, tomorrow work will continue we'll see how far we get. Ambitious? Perhaps. Rubbish? Well, we're ambitious. That counts for 6 LEMONS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS!!! (that's right, somehow our epic 46th place finish was worth 6 championship points, if only we could convert these points into something useful like bitcoins or Charlie Sheen...)
We're signed up for Showroom Schlock at the Autobahn
Check out our new race setup!
Posted by The Gearhead on August 9, 2011, 8:08 pm CST
With our new driver comes some amazing equipment, we might look like a REAL RACE TEAM pulling up in this 24' race car hauler! It belongs to our next arrive and drive seat, Willy (he sells Miata parts), and we can't wait to race with him. It was kinda funny how he got out of our stripped Swedish compact and described it as "pretty heavy". Then we realized he showed up in a Miata with a roll bar and it made a little more sense...
He seems to know how to get in and out of the car, which is a good start, and has experience on the Autobahn's south course which should prove immensely helpful. This should be a good one folks!
Judge Phil has his American Irony Uber Gallery up!
Posted by The Gearhead on July 21, 2011, 9:52 pm CST
Hundreds of pictures from the event are up at murleemartin.com. Click below to go to the gallery.
Does this make us Jamokes?
Posted by The Gearhead on July 18, 2011, 9:58 pm CST
Our SAAB 900 finally got out on track and we kicked ass! Well..up until the point when we realized our engine was both overheating...and not providing enough heat to cook BBQ...then sputtered us off track. But really, this is the story of most Lemons racers. Start with a dream. End with a hastily completed and untested car limping across the finish line achieving only a few items on your to-do list. It still would have been hard to have a better time, and while the car was running smoothly we were surprised at its competitiveness. Well. We were faster than the diesel Chevette anyhow.
Our car breezed through tech inspection on Friday, with only minor mods needing to take place to pass our exhaust and battery box. BS inspection was also uneventful, as a non-turbo SAAB 900 could never possibly win. Or could it? No, it can't...but maybe.......we made sure the judges were happy anyhow by sending them off with quality booze.
As team captain, I started the race. Well, started is a relative term as it started without us. While circulating on track waiting for the green flag, I began to smell gas. Then it got worse. I followed the pace car off into the pitlane while the rest of the cars on track started the race. Once getting back to the pits and *leaping* out of the car, Adam H, the greasemonkey, discovered one of the fittings NAPA autoparts of Antioch sold us to adapt our 5/16th's fuel line to 1/4" melted and spilled fuel all over the engine bay. I turned around to see a long line of fuel leading directly to our pitstall. NAPA needs to learn what the difference between vacuum and fuel line fittings are before they KILL SOMEONE.
Anyhow, we fixed it and got back on track after short delay to make sure we were truly fuel tight, and driver circulations began. And we tore it up! The car handled great, braked great, pulled well and we pounded laps all day, except for a minor off track excursion that put the car backwards, in a field, with the hatch popped wide open. The booze we slid the judges in BS would eventually save us, as the pitmaster only ended up getting us a 2 lap penalty for the black flag. We approached the top 30 until the engine began sputtering out with an electrical problem with 2hrs left in day one. It would eventually sideline us until the end of the race, although tSoG would put the car on track for the last few laps to take the checkered flag.
We learned a TON, our 5th driver tSoG turned out to be a really cool dude, and a picture of us made it to the front page of The Truth About Cars. Seriously, how cool is that?! The car will be fixed soon, and if we can raise the entry money, Team Carbeque will enter the Showroom Schlock race on the Autobahn South course in Joliet with a revised BBQ cooking box that'll...er...actually do what we said it would. Updates soon to follow after I put together the videos, and if you are building your own LeMons racer be sure to check out some of our sponsors for your supplies! Especially Alston and EBC, our cage sailed perfectly through inspections (which are strict) and our brakes held up perfectly without the aid of brake ducts. We might add some anyway because they look cool.