Thanks for checking out the DoriftoDogs blog site. Like many car fanatics around the US, when we first read about the 24Hours of LeMons events, we immediately thought that it would be a very cool thing to do and a ton of fun. Alas, it was a west coast thing, and those of us on the east coast were just out of luck. What’s that? There are events on the east coast in 2008? Dude…we are sooooo there. So that’s where we were in December of ‘07. As of May ‘08, we just got our notification from Jay Lamm that our team was accepted to the event. It’s on like Donkey Kong…

Since we’ve started telling all of our friends and family about this half-baked idea, there are quite a few of you who don’t know what the 24 Hours of LeMons actually is. We’ve even run across some car folk who weren’t familiar with it.

In a nutshell, the event requires you to buy and prepare a car for an endurance race with a budget of no more than $500. Thankfully, safety equipment (roll cage, racing seats, harnesses, brakes, tires) has it’s own “unlimited” budget. To keep things in control, the organizers have a claimer rule – if they think you’ve spent too much on the car, they reserve the right to buy your car from you for $500 after the race is complete. It’s an offer you can’t refuse…its in the rulebook. During the race itself, there are a number of whacky rules that might have your car driving around with a big metal pig welded to the roof or something similarly odd. If you drive too aggressively, it’s possible you’ll be voted the “Peoples curse” and your car will be destroyed by a huge crane or a bunch of angry co-competitors with baseball bats. It’s all very creative and downright strange at times. For all the details, see the LeMons website: http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/

In the meantime, enjoy the website and wish us luck.

Oh, and if Jay or Martin is reading this, what’s your favorite beer? We’re not above bribes…