“Daddy, it’s raining on me.” The multi panel moonroofs leak during anything harder than a sprinkle. When I finally felt like doing something about it, the roof was already rusted through in places around the glass. Oops. The power sunroof is a chronic leaker as well, dripping water right onto my lap while driving. This can be temporarily remedied by standing up through the sunroof and cleaning the drain lines with a pipe cleaner; I keep a pair in the glove box at all times. The moisture gives the electronics a sense of adventure and mischief, opening the sunroof unbidden when you least expect it and then closing just as mysteriously a few minutes later. I keep waiting for this to happen inside a car wash. To round out the wet weather fun, the left sliding door rattles and squeaks constantly when it rains, but not when it’s dry, and never the right side. Figure that one out. … [Read more...] about A Nine Year Quest, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Looking Cool and Love the Van
Speaking of Brembos, them’s some serious stoppers. Experiencing them during the mandated break-in (pun not intended) 0-60-0 x 50 burnishing procedure displayed their physical prowess. Pounding them proved unflappable, the perfect partner to the endless torque provided by the LS9, and hell, even the rims were clean when we finished! That said, the Brembo’s decreased unsprung weight must be the reason why the steering wheel gets light and loose when you mash the gas at cruising speeds. (Or it could be the 604 ft lbs of torque!) The last time I felt this was in a RUF 911 Turbo. Not necessarily a bad thing, as the ZR1 steers less like a stereotypical Corvette and more like that Porker. And with that, I’ll let my brother put his ride on the track: … [Read more...] about Capsule Review: 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
reviewed the Scion FR-S, I wrapped up by saying I’d want to check out the latest Miata before I passed judgment on the bang-per-buck value of the Subuyopet. So, I called up the PR flacks at Mazda: “Hey, remember how I didn’t totally trash the CX-5 I wrote about in July? Yeah, so now the entire Toyo Cork Kogyo organization owes me, which means I need a Daimyo Class ticket on the next flight to Tokyo, a BLACK TUNED MX-5 waiting for me, and an honor guard of eight dekatoras to escort me as I cruise around looking for an Autozam AZ-1 to ship back to Denver.” Disappointingly, what I got was a US-market MX-5 Club Sport dropped off at a shuttle lot at George Bush International in Houston, to which I’d flown Misery Class in order to judge at the fifth annual Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons. I spent three days with a True Red ’13 Miata, mostly shuttling between my hotel in Angleton, Texas, and the race at MSR Houston.Trail braking. Not this time; this track … [Read more...] about Review: 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club
The 2014 24 Hours of LeMons season has been the best one so far, with crazy-close finishes, amazing fabrication skills on display, and great new venues. We’ve still got four more races to go this year, including one in Michigan this weekend, but it’s not too early to start preparing your Sterling 825 for next season. LeMons HQ has just released the 2015 event schedule, and we’ve got the details for you here.FEB 7–8: ‘Shine Country Classic, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, ALFEB 28–MAR 1: North Dallas Hooptie, Eagles Canyon Raceway, Decatur, TXMAR 21–22: Sears Pointless, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CAAPR 25–26: The Cure for Gingervitis, GingerMan Raceway, South Haven, MIMAY 2–3: Southern Discomfort, Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, SCMAY 9–10: The Real Hoopties of New Jersey, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJJUN 13–14: The B.F.E. GP, High Plains Raceway, Deer Trail, COJUN 20-21 Button Turrible, … [Read more...] about 2015 24 Hours of LeMons Schedule Released, Start Planning Your Road Trips!
Texas, as you may well know, is home to our current President George W. Bush. Having suffered through eight years of his nonsense you can rest assured that us two left-coast pinko ivory tower Maoists will be extracting some modicum of revenge on the good racers of Texas. After all, Murilee and I are nothing more than progressive (and vindictive) Bay Area politics and Hebraic good looks. Life is not fair — just look at your 401k statements! What do we have in mind? Well, last time we made ’em eat pig brains. However, we’re worried that, “Jewish Judge Forces Good Old Boy to Eat the Book of Revelations, Pray Towards Mecca” might be more of a national headline than an automotive one. So we’re dialing it back — a little. … [Read more...] about Yee-Haw Y’all: It’s Time for LeMons Texas