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    So I signed up for a 24 Hours of Lemons race

    September 13-16 I'll be down at Carolina Motorsports Park (South Carolina) racing in the fall 24 Hours of Lemons with some other guys in a 20 year old Nissan Altima! If you're not familiar with cheap racing like Lemons or other "brands", the rules say you have to buy a car worth no more than 500 bucks, put in a roll cage and other safety gear, wear safety gear, and then you get on track with 60 or more other lunatics and try to race for about 8 hours on Saturday, and then another 6+ hours on Sunday. My wife and I went down there last year and watched our son race (1972 Dodge Coronet) and we had a blast hanging out at the track and watching the racing.

    By driving this year I should get a couple of driving stints along with 4 other guys, and it's a great reason to go ahead and buy more gear like a race suit, head and neck restraint, etc. Since I started autocrossing a few years ago I've also driven on a couple of tracks and HPDE days, so this should be a blast. One highlight of the events in SC is the Friday night block party where all the race cars try to drive into Camden SC, and it was a lot of fun last year. Here's the video highlights from last year's race we watched:
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 68K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    LMAO.....have a blast! reminds me this TOP GEAR USA episode.


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    "My GREATEST FEAR is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my watches for what I told her I paid for them."

    What's a Abarth?...... Glad you ask! Abarth is a small demon that will possess your soul and inspire you to get steezy at every opportunity.

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    One fun part of doing this Lemons race is buying the safety gear I need. They require full racing suit, helmet, gloves, socks, shoes, head and neck restraint, plus cage, harness, racing seat, and cool safety stuff like that which can save your life. From my autocross driving I've already got the helmet, gloves, shoes, so the latest big purchase was a race suit. After talking to other people that do this stuff and Googling as many vendors as possible, I ended up ordering a Zamp three layer suit, probably mostly because it was the cheapest multi-layer suit. If you go with a 1 layer suit, you have to also get fire retardant underwear, so I went for multi-layer.

    Next on list to buy is a head and neck restraint, and a Cool Shirt, since it will be hot in that suit in SC in September! Our team has a Cool Shirt system, so it looks like their shirts are generally all priced the same no matter where you get them.

    Here's the Altima that two of our team members bought. It's been in a race or two, and you can see the previous owners had some cow theme going on.
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    2013 Rosso Abarth with 68K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    nice race suit! for a minute I thought I was looking at Vettel .The mad cow livery looks goooooood...
    "My GREATEST FEAR is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my watches for what I told her I paid for them."

    What's a Abarth?...... Glad you ask! Abarth is a small demon that will possess your soul and inspire you to get steezy at every opportunity.

    della folgore l'impeto

    panem et circenses. Latin, literally "bread and circuses," supposedly coined by Juvenal and describing the cynical formula of the Roman emperors for keeping the masses content with ample food and entertainment.

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    Not sure how much time we'll spend on painting the car or anything, but our basic concept is to call it the "ALTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE" and go with some kind of German BMW theme, which of course makes no sense for a Japanese car, but should fit right in with the Lemons folks!

    Other than Lemons fun, I should have a couple more autocross events coming up in the Abarth, and a track day at Pocono next month.
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 68K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    My blog has a new update on Shopping for Lemons, with a list of all the safety gear I've been ordering, with the latest two items being a Cool Shirt and a Zamp Head and Neck restraint. The Lemons folks are serious with the safety requirements, and from what I've seen there are very few incidents during these races, but then again there was a car recently that lost it's brakes and went straight into a barrier, so the safety gear makes sense.

    Like anything else you buy, it pays to shop around and ask for discounts. I've bought stuff from several different vendors since I'm trying to keep the costs down, and have gotten some discounts for being a member of NASA and SCCA. About a month to go for the race, so on top of a busy season at work, I'm really looking forward to a car-filled weekend with a bunch of other car crazy folks.

    1-Paint job in progress to turn the Nissan Altima into a BMW themed "Altimate Driving Machine"
    2- New tires for the race, should last the weekend.
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    2013 Rosso Abarth with 68K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
    My Car blog: http://www.nms-racing.net/

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    In addition to the safety gear, I got to do some more Lemons shopping, this time for a headset for the helmet, and connection with the radio. Our team will be looking to do up to 2 hour stints in the car, so having the radio commo should help with any issues that come up, keep us locked in for pit stop plans (re-fueling), plus whatever goofy stuff might come up! I've got a simple set of foam in-ear plugs that plug into a Rugged Radios microphone-connector that hooks into the IMSA radio plug (just under 100 bucks for the mic/plugs). Like all the other gear you need to mod a car, get into autoX or on track racing, you can rent your gear, buy the cheaper stuff, or go all out and spend HUGE amounts of money. I'm more towards the cheaper inexpensive side, but make no mistake I'm going with all the safety gear possible and it's still a good chunk of change.

    Another way to look at this "hobby" or "sport", is that the weekend will be a ton of fun, despite long hours, hot weather, possible rain, and constant chance of car problems. On that topic, we're going in with two full sets of new tires, all new brake pads, and I believe new rotors and a back-up set of front pads. The team went with G-Loc track pads, number 12 I believe, so definitely not for street, not total all out NASCAR, but a solid track pad. Our 5 driver team is made of mostly experienced autocross guys, some of which are engineers and work in auto related businesses, so with the help of our friends on another Lemons team (the Dodge Coronet guys) we think we've got a bunch of guys that can repair whatever happens. If somehow our Altima runs with no breakdowns, so much the better, and our biggest challenge will be when to pit for fuel and swap drivers. BUT, something always happens I'm sure!
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 68K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    Hey, as luck would have it, Hurricane Florence is heading for the Carolinas, so we're waiting to see if our flight to Charlotte will still be on for Thursday, and if the race will still be held. The Lemons guys have sent out a few emails, so they are tracking the weather and talking the track at CMP, and we'll have to see how the weather prediction turns out.

    I'll be bummed if it gets canceled, but they have plenty of other Lemons races around the country, so at least I've got all the gear!
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 68K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    Be the luck youd fly there and then get stuck in the airport for a while.
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    24 Hours of Lemons. Driving around in a $500 car with $15,000 worth of safety equipment. LOL. It does look fun though.
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