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We race a SAAB 900 that cooks meat, how do we keep finding people crazier than us??
Posted by Adam G on January 29, 2012, 12:53 am CST
When we met up at Gingerman for our first race, a bloke signed on to our lunacy called Sam. He uses the forum handle tsog, we call him soggy, and he became a good friend of the team that weekend. He wasn't the fastest driver, but he was solid and consistent, and had the good sense to come in when our front wheel lugs loosened up (one actually fell out, YIKES). He also cooked us all Cheddar Best sausages and soggy sammichs, consisting of a few pounds of the best bacon and cheese you could buy, and (willfully) spent the nights outside in a hammock he brought with. There he is in the hat, passing around an ancient bottle of Jameson among the judges in the post race celebration...lookin' good Soggy! He took the checkered flag for us!
Well, not too long ago he took the insanity into his own hands, and bought a lemons prepped Simca 1204. Now, this Simca isn't just any old 1971 French Mopar microcar, it was built by LeMons legend Spank, who has built a reputation among our crazy community of bringing the craziest crap to our crapcan races. Spearheading the "Class C Onslaught", Spank has single handledly brought a tsunami of tetanus and cylinder wall shavings to nearly every west coast race, taking the storied "Index of Effluency" prize multiple times. Some of the cars he's prepped include a Minimoke dressed up like a lunar rover, a classic Mini Cooper in full Mr. Bean livery (including an armchair on the roof..oh and a TURBOCHARGER), a 1971 Citroen ID19 that he got running AFTER checking in and setting up his pit stall, and famously a Simca 1204. This car captured the heart of tens of people as it circulated around Thunderhill at the 2011 Arse-Sweat-A-Palooza, with headscratching reliability and a slowness that would make James May proud.
From The Truth About Cars, "The SimcaCUDA, aka Le Mopar, is a 1971 Simca 1204, which could be purchased in Chrysler showrooms back in the day alongside rebadged Hillman Avengers and rebadged Mitsubishi Galants. What kind of madman would dare to race such a terrible car at brutal, hilly Thunderhill Raceway? We're talking about Unununium Legend of LeMons honoree Spank, of course. This is Spank's third Index of Effluency trophy, following his 998cc Austin Mini's win at the '09 Buttonwillow Histrionics and his 1971 Citroen ID19's win at the '10 Sears Pointless race (he went on to drive the Citroen from San Diego to Miami, in order to race it at the '10 LeMons season-ender, so you know we're dealing with a serious madman here)."
Ultimately winning the Index of Effluency, and pushing the second place Mazda Miata back to the pits after it ran out of fuel on the last lap, the Simca went down in history as one of the most famous lemons cars of all time.
A little while after the race, Soggy (after completely being bitten with LeMons fever, thank us for that!) purchased the car from Spank, however the French Chrysler was located all the way in California. Soggy, living in PA, posted a call to arms in the LeMons forums, and being the community it is, several of the lower IQ brethren stepped up to help the Simca traverse the country. As I write this now, it is traveling through the midwest and is closing on Pennsylvania with the speed of a slinky rolling down a 2000 mile long staircase, changing hands multiple times. Good luck with your new ride Soggy, we hope to see you at Gingerman this year!
Notice the "Eyesore Racing Tow Service" emblazoned on the side of the car, the team fielding the Miata it pushed home at Thunderhill...