Cacophony. That’s the only way to describe the sounds that permeate the cabin as the tach needle sweeps past 4,000RPM. The normally melodious warble of the aftermarket muffler is choked off by the muted drone imposed by the factory airbox. The 1600cc engine wheezes in air as though snorting it through mucus-clogged nostrils. For once, I think to myself, I’ll be looking forward to having my helmet on. 80MPH. Solid as a rock.
As part of our push for more volunteer and guest driven content, Jeff Glucker of NADAguides.com will be providing us with several of his reviews as a guest contributor. Thanks Jeff, and we look forward to more of these in the near future! – Zerin
The 2009 Mazda MX-5… Home of the Happiest Grill on Earth
I stand 75.6 inches tall. I get physically ill at the thought of the middle row in coach. I am always more than tall enough for any carnival ride. However I was excited at the prospect of getting behind the wheel of the 2009 Mazda MX-5. I have never driven a Miata but I have heard that they are representative of pure motoring joy. Keys in hand and chiropractor on speed dial I sat down in the MX-5 and moved the seat all the way back and all the way down… which wasn’t very much of a move – this could be a long week.
After two days of hard racing, countless penalties, and several thousand laughs later, the Houston 24 Hours of Lemons race is history. The winner at the end of it all was the #0 Mustang of the Formula M for Mullet race team. This race marks the first time in Lemons history that a Mustang has ever won the race! So, what was the secret to their success? We don’t really know, but we can say they were one of the few cars that never had to come in for a penalty.
True to the Southern hospitality that Texans are known for, the Mullet team donated the $1500 purse they won to a fund set up for the Norwegian Slaab team’s mechanic who was critically injured in an accident outside of the track on Saturday night.
We’ve set up several galleries (all available in 1280×853 glory) and will be uploading videos through the week of many of the punishments that were handed out over the course of the weekend. For now, enjoy these photos and videos, and be sure to check out Jalopnik as well for additional coverage throughout the week.
We are finally back home from the 24 Hours of Lemons Houston Gator-O-Rama, and thus starts our in-depth coverage of the event. We have over 800 high-resolution photos from the event, and several videos showing our favorite drivers getting humiliated and punished by the judges. In keeping with Lemons tradition, all this is done with a great sense of humor and the need to have fun!
We start things off with the 2009 People’s Curse winner, the #56 Miata. Based on what we heard from the competitors we spoke to, this Miata won the not so coveted award by a landslide. Enjoy!