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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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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.