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.
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A success story
Posted by Adam Goral, 4th stint on August 21, 2012, 10:27 pm CST
The Berlin wall falling, man landing on the moon, bbq ribs being cooked on Road America. Humanity has come a long way, and naturally this kind of progress doesn't come with..out....extreme.........fatigue. They say a picture tells a thousand words, so until the full sized update is ready to post, I'll let this do a little talking. We finished, and well. 3rd or 4th in class B (official results coming soon) and in the top 20 overall, out of 51 competitors. More importantly we managed to convert nearly 20lbs of pig meat into delicious food. History was made today, folks.
2 days until departure
Is the phrase "heating up" just too corny to use on this site?
Posted by Adam Goral on August 14, 2012, 10:00 pm CST
So much time so little to do! Scratch that! Reverse it! Final touches coming together, the front spindles are off to Fast Tire of Antioch IL to get our new wheel bearings pressed in because we're not taking any chances and they don't count towards our budget (safety rules). Tomorrow plans on getting the wheels all on, as well as the super sekrit underbody Aero and hood scoop. Blown diffuser anyone? Our new sets of EBC brakes will be here on Thursday, more info on that coming soon you can be sure. Oh yea and the decals! And gap the spark plugs, thin the trans fluid, finalize remote BBQ radio temperature transmitter...this list just keeps getting longer!
Friend of the team Simon (Team Failcar Captain) just finished third racing with Robin Banks in a $500 SAAB 9-3 at Virginia International Raceway this weekend. And 6th place in a SAAB 9-5. However that worked...Congrats!!
Oh yea, happy birthday fellow Chicagoland SAABer Will Ski!
Also...holy crap one more week left until race time...
Posted by Adam Goral, Captain on August 8, 2012, 11:38 pm CST
What does our crappy racing team and eEuroparts.com have in common? We both love SAABs, and we're both incredibly cheap. As mentioned before in a previous post, the Q's North Illinois boarderland headquarters is nearly home to an entire fleet of SAABs, whether they belong to us, friends, neighbors, or our more fortunate family members. Combined with a $400 beater with a heater (that we break a lot) there has been more car parts shipped to our door than Chip Foose after a caffeine frenzied eBay all nighter. Early on I discovered a website that I have been using ever since, due to freakin' fast shipping and excellent availability/selection. You can say that's all just sponsorship mishmash, but if you don't believe me see for yourself. Then geek out on some exploded diagrams.
Oh yea, we are proud to welcome Team Carbeque's newest sponsor and long time friend (aka repeatedly saving our asses) eEuroparts.com! If you have a Audi, Bimmer, Porsche, Benz, Mini, Volkswagen, or Volvo...sell it and get a SAAB, then buy your stuffs at eEuroparts. If you have one of those cars and already have too many SAABs, then you're in luck, they carry a veritable assload of parts for those makes too.
Also in the news, we have a window net now, and our kill switch is now in a legal position again, huzzahs. It's the final countdown boyos, so check back here often as we're pretty much in the garage every day until we leave from now on. Wouldn't change it for anything.
Posted by Adam Goral, Captain on August 6, 2012, 10:35 pm CST
Room for 3 racks of ribs, and bottom compartment capable of housing a chunk of pork shoulder for the long haul. Does it look too good? Mayhaps. Do we care? er.....mayhaps. I think (hope) after some heat cycles a patina will develop. That, or the pieces of leather belt we used for hinges will start on fire.
I don't know how they keep finding us
But we're happy when they do
Posted by Adam Goral, Captain on August 6, 2012, 10:26 pm CST
So it goes like this, we're mixing our favorite two American pasttimes (Drinking, and Powertools) when a we hear a noise that sorta sounded like what you may get if a Harley Davidson had a few too many and spent a shameful night with a Puch Moped. We walk out to discover a perfectly restored 1966 SAAB 96 two-stroke pulling up to ask directions. Having no idea where he had landed (SAAB Capital of Lake County, we're applying for the permits now), he stepped out of his pristine example of classic Swedish priority fudging to ask about an address. Then the car started rolling away. Then Dan the pitmaster threw himself in front of the 96, stopping it before it careened into the parked car in front. I tell ya, like a moth to a flame the SAABs show up at this establishment. This happens all the time.