Olga and the Engineers
Motorsports enthusiasts may have heard of prestigious racing categories such as Formula 1, Indy Car, and the World Endurance Championship but few have heard of the 24 hrs of LeMons. No, that was not a misspelling of the marquee race of the WEC the 24 Hrs of Le Mans, but a parody of the same and "lemon" cars. The 24 hrs of LeMons is a series of endurance races held on paved road race courses across the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Teams of 4 or more drivers compete for up to 24 hours in race-prepared cars that cost no more than US$500 (not including safety equipment, brakes, and wheels/tires) . Pretty much any four-wheeled machine that was street-legal when it was made and passes safety inspection is allowed in the race.
On October 22 2017 my team and I took part in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Haloween Hooptiefest. In order to take part in the race we bought a 1988 Mercedes Benz 300E for $250. The team spent months rehabbing the car including gutting the interior, installing a roll cage and racing seat, an ignition kill switch and a fire extinguisher. As for the ever-important engine, the team replaced the head gasket, spark plugs, and fuel injectors, cleaned all the valves, piston heads, and cylinders. Against all odds and to the total disbelief of my teammates and pretty much everyone who laid eyes on our car we managed to crank out 250 laps in a weekend. Come the chequered flag on Sunday we had managed to climb up to 84th place (out of 115) in perhaps the slowest car in terms of raw pace. For our heroics we were awarded the grand prize, the covetted Index of Effluency.