LIVE BLOG - 24 Hours of LeMons: Day two of destruction

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4:05 PM - The Lemon Lappers took the podium, 9 laps ahead of their nearest competition. A full breakdown of the results will be posted at the bottom of the jump later in the day.

9:05 AM - Race meeting just ended. We're waiting for a tire to be changed on a fire truck before the festivities commence. Click on through for our LIVE coverage, and to find out what overall penalties were incurred by some of the race leaders.

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VIDEO: The Bentley's just so crazy about that jazz

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Somebody buying a Bentley Brooklands isn't so concerned with how it performs, how it stacks up to the competition or how much it costs. They're far more taken by the Bentley-ness of the whole thing, that je ne sais quoi, a certain indescribable quality that you just can't put your finger on, lest the car's owner release the you'd better get your own.

Put yourself in that mindset before you watch the following video. Imagine you've got all the money and taste in the world and ignore the notion that the Continental GT is the better performer, because the "baby Bentley" is just so nouveau riche. Now pour yourself a brandy, light up a cigar and enjoy what amounts to little more than some black and white footage of a land yacht accompanied by some acid jazz...jaaaazzzz!

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Barber Motorsports hosts SARRC Club racing

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It was wet and nasty, but the SARRC Club participants forged ahead at Barber Motorsports in Birmingham, Ala. Despite the bad weather, accidents were few and spirits were high, Saturday. Autoblog wandered the paddock, talking to drivers and fans and snapping photos of anything interesting. Race results for those interested should be posted on the Web site of the Alabama Region SCCA soon. For a couple of stories from the participants check the jump. For those who just want to see some cool machinery, check out the gallery.

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Shark Attack: Spada Codatronca details emerge

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Did you think the Castagna Aznom was an odd little duckling? Then you've clearly forgotten about the Codatronca, the likewise Corvette-based Italian coachbuilt limited-edition supercar, initial details of which we brought you several months ago. SpadaConcept, the Italian design studio that cooked up the concept, has now released more details on the distinctive tailfinned sportscar.

For all you technophiles out there, we've got all the dimensions and specifications. Based on the Corvette C6, the Spada Codatronca places the engine in a front-mid layout, driving through the rear wheels. Starting with the aluminum LS7 7-liter OHV V8, Spada fits twin Rotrex superchargers, dual intercoolers, an eight-quart dry-sump lubrication system, titanium valves and connecting rods, sequential fuel injection and a boosted compression ratio of 11:1. All that nets an impressive 600 hp at 6,300 rpm and 790 Nm of torque at 4,600. The power is channeled through the rear wheels via a short-throw 6-speed manual.

(Details continue to astonish after the jump.)

[Source: Italiaspeed]

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Pretty Colors: Bugatti offers new rims n' trims for Veyron

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Let's admit it: playing around with the customizing tools for cars you never intend to buy is fun. Although the Veyron's is one of the nicer ones we've tinkered around with, the lack of choices gets boring pretty quick, two-tone paint schemes notwithstanding. Fortunately the good folks at Bugatti - those same good folks who brought us the 1000hp ultra-mega-über-super-car - have decided to bestow upon us a few more criteria to tinker with. Alright, maybe it's more for the actual customers, but since there won't be another Bugatti model coming anytime soon, as we sorrowfully reported several months back, we'll take what we can get.

Future buyers ponying up the million clams it takes to put a Veyron in their (undoubtedly immaculately paved) driveways will now be offered several new choices: a few new color combinations, some new leather trim options for the interior, and colored wheels. The latter will likely please individualistic buyers the most, as a 250-mph supercar can't take just any wheels the aftermarket has to offer.

Reports also suggest that Bugatti is working on a revised exhaust system following client feedback that the exhaust note was not sufficiently impressive, muffled as it were by the four turbochargers (!) and whatnot.

If anyone needs us, we'll be spending the next little while sorting out our new preferred Veyron specs.

[Source: Spiegel Online via German Car Blog and Motor Authority]


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11-year-old charged with DUI

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Last week in Orange Beach, Ala., a police officer spotted a speeding Monte Carlo, threw on the blue lights and started an 8-mile, 100-mph chase that ended with the Monte upside down.

With his gun drawn, the officer says he approached the car to find an 11-year-old girl behind the wheel. Sorry, an allegedly drunk, slightly injured 11-year-old girl behind the wheel.

Orange Beach assistant police chief Greg Duck wouldn't say what the girl's blood alcohol level was, but did say it was higher than the legal limit for adults, .08 grams per milliliter, and much higher than what state law allows for anyone under 21, which is .02 gpm.

We're baffled. First, that an 11-year-old can see above the steering wheel, much less reportedly pilot a Monte Carlo at 100 mph. Second that she is accused of being drunk while doing it. And third, that Alabama has a blood alcohol limit for minors.

Wow. Just wow.

[Source: Press-Register]


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24 Hours of LeMons: We've arrived

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It's high noon on the West Coast and we've arrived at the Altamont Motorsports Park to cover the 2nd annual 24 Hours of LeMons - two days of vehicular madness perpetrated by some of the most asinine automotive atrocities this side of the Mississippi. We're here to live-blog the even throughout the day and into the night, continuing our coverage tomorrow as the race unfolds.

The race starts at approximately 2:30 PM PST today, and we'll have a separate post that will have continuous updates as the day progresses. Bookmark that page when it goes live and begin hitting refresh - the insanity will be covered in all its gruesome detail.

Tomorrow, we'll be arriving at around 8 AM to cover the "People's Choice/People's Curse" ceremony, and from there the race will continue at 9:00 AM PST.

The full schedule is available after the jump, and you can check out the 24 Hours of LeMons site here.

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eBay find of the day: HPA Motorsports' 400 HP New Beetle

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Cars with 400hp are a lot more common than they were only a few years ago, but a VW Beetle with that kind of grunt doesn't come along every day. For the "buy it now" price of $29,900 you can get behind the wheel of this HPA Motorsports of Canada-built hot hatch with all the bells and whistles. The bug is a 1999 model with 38,592 miles and more mods than you can shake a stick at. The twin-intercooled, 2.8-liter engine is mated to a five-speed manual sending power to all four wheels, with stopping power supplied by Porsche calipers. Other modifications include updated rims and tires, body kit, enlarged front air dam, and Recaro seats.

Other than the balding tires and the prodigious torque-steer, we'd say this is one bad-ass little ride. Check out the 13 gallery images below.

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24 Hours of LeMons: The Contenders

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Click the image above for a 110 image-strong gallery of the contenders

The 24 Hours of LeMons is set to begin in less than a half an hour, and we thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to some of the vehicles about to partake in the this motoring madness. We've compiled a gallery showing some of the best and brightest, along with the rest of the field, for your viewing enjoyment. There are over 100 photos available in the gallery below - click away.

We've met some interesting drivers and their battle-ready rides, including Team 500k's 500,669 mile V-Dub, the Lemon Martini Porsche 914 (complete with flask catch can), a Maserati Bi-Turbo, numerous imports, domestics and even a Jeep Cherokee.

After the jump is a shot of the course, outlining the route these brave souls will have to endure for the next 14 hours and 15 minutes,

Another post will go live at race time, which you can refresh to get continuous updates from the field. In the meantime, enjoy the pics.

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LIVE BLOG - 24 Hours of LeMons: Saturday madness begins

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2:34 PM - The race is underway, with all 80+ cars out on the field.

Make the jump for all the action that's fit to post.

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VIDEO: The General teases us with video of the 08 CTS on the 'Ring

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The 2008 Cadillac CTS is in the home-stretch right now, as it's only a few months away from production. Anticipation for what could be one of the best Cadillacs ever has been steadily rising since its unveiling last January in Detroit, and the forthcoming CTS-V has made its way onto Autoblog quite a few times.

To keep anticipation high, GM has released video of the 2008 CTS running the 'Ring from inside the cockpit. While the video isn't of the greatest quality, it's worth viewing if only for the sexy sound of the new direct injection 3.6L engine. Hit the jump to check it out.

[Source: YouTube]

Thanks for the tip, Sean!

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Lamborghini Alar designer building 3 examples of Coatl sister car

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UPDATE: We misread the original Argentina Auto Blog piece when we reported that Joan Ferci has found buyers for three Coatls. it reality, he's building three of the cars in the hopes of finding buyers for them. The Coatl remains as bizarre and fishlike as ever, and everything else below holds true.

Joan Ferci, the designer who somehow has permission to slap Lamborghini badges on the fishlike creations his mind comes up with, has actually found three buyers for the bizarrely-named, ridiculously-styled, Coatl sports car. According to Argentina Auto Blog, which has led the way regarding coverage of all things Ferci, reports that these Coatl production cars will have 350 horsepower and a top speed of 300 km/h. The original "Lamborghini" Coatl Ferci produced (shown above) was Diablo-based, boasted a far more robust 675 horsepower and was priced at over $600,000. The cars being built and sold now are supposedly under $100,000 each. Whether they use any Lamborghini mechanicals at all is a complete mystery, but the low power output and price compared to the original is puzzling, to say the least.

Lamborghini Alar by Joan FerciFerci is still looking for a location upon which to build the manufacturing facility for his most recent Diablo-derived creation, the gratuitously ugly Lamborghini Alar. For reasons only Ferci knows, the Alar (concept version shown at right) looks like it's wearing a Spider-Man costume when viewed from above. The mind reels.

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24 Hours of LeMons - Saturday carnage completed

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Click above for a high-res gallery of images.

Today's running of the 24 Hours of LeMons has concluded and the race standings are posted after the jump. Additionally, we've put together a gallery of some of the day's highlights, courtesy of our friend Brad over at ShutterFlick. We'll be back tomorrow, bright and early at 8 AM to cover the conclusion of the 2nd running of the Lemons.

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24 Hours of LeMons: Late night oddities and maladies

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Click the image above for a tour of the paddock, post-race.

After Saturday's festivities, we headed over to the pits to check out what damage had been done and to get a feel for what kind of environment embraces this degree of lunacy. All told, it was pretty much what we expected; guys with die grinders working on brake components, body panels being hammered out and heads huddled underneath propped-up hoods. The one thing that did catch us off guard was Madam LeMons, the track fortune teller, whose abilities were apparently astounding -- we didn't stick around to find out.

We did talk to Saturday's race winners, the Lemon Lappers, who completed 336 laps over the course of the day, all behind the wheel of a totally stock Neon with over 130,000 miles on the odometer and about 700 fewer pounds weighing it down. We asked one of the campaigners if anything had been done to the engine, and a swift, "No, nothing." was his answer. We believe him, even though he was pulling away from almost every vehicle in his vicinity.

Tomorrow, we'll be on hand at 8 AM to cover the early morning events and the kick-off to round two. In the meantime, enjoy the gallery below.


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