Last weekend Telstar Logistics spent a damp saturday trackside at Sears Point Raceway, just north of San Francisco, for the 2011 running of the local 24 Hours of LeMons (that's pronounced "lemons,") a low-budget auto race where the most important rule is that participants must spend $500 or less to purchase and race-prep their cars. This rule not only keeps the race wonderfully devoid of pretension, but it also opens the door to blatant silliness and wild innovation, so that the race itself feels like a pleasant mix of Burning Man and NASCAR -- or as the organizers of the 24 Hours of LeMons call it, "where Halloween meets gasoline."
The cars on the track were a motley bunch. There were a variety of BMWs in various states of disarray, lots of Hondas, a few Ford Crown Victorias and plenty of one-off oddballs, including a Maserati, a 1960s Plymouth, and an Austin Mini with a reindeer strapped to the roof.
Telstar Logistics was there to support Bernal Dads Racing, a team based near our Global Headquarters in San Francisco. BDR took a mutant "hybrid" to the race: A 1995 Mazda Miata that wore the welded-on bodywork of a Volvo 240 wagon. They called it "The Molvo," and it performed surprisingly well, completing the race intact and in fine form, while also garnering a Judge's Choice award for conceptual excellence.
We went a little nuts with the camera during our visit to LeMons, so there are lots more pictures of the scene to review for your motorsports pleasure. Vroom!
Photos by Telstar Logistics