Kevin O. invited me to start a new thread about our race entry here. So here goes nuthin... Enjoy!
Rubber Biscuit Racing Team Captain
Here is the story: Over a year ago, I learned of an endurance race held in California named "The 24 Hours of LeMons". The name is obviously a parody of the historic "24 Hours of LeMans" race. The rules dictate that your car have a NET total investment of no more than $500, excluding tires, brakes, and safety equipment - hence the "LeMons" race. I tried to put a team of "Impala Guys" together to participate, but could not find anyone on the west coast that could take the lead. I couldn't do it from TN due to the distance, so I gave up.
Back in March of this year, I learned that the race organizers added a second race in Detroit. Well hell, that's only a day's drive from Knoxville, TN! So I again attempted to put together a team of Impala enthusiasts. I was succesful in recruiting 5 other "Impala guys" from TN, GA, NJ, and IL that would commit with both their finances and time. The race organizer told me that there are always more entries than available starting spots, so the more we could do to make our team concept interesting, the better chance that we had of being accepted in the race. So I planned to purchase an old black & white cop car and our team collectively devised "Rubber Biscuit Racing" . I submitted our entry in late April.
Here is the event website: http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/events/detroit/
Although we knew that we would not learn if we were accepted or not until after the July 15th entry deadline, I purchased a car for our entry back in late April. We waited to start the work on it until we knew of our acceptance. In mid-July I recieved notice that our team entry had been accepted and the race was on for Rubber Biscuit Racing.
We decided early on to do this for charity and solicited both donations and sponsorships (both individual and corporate). Our goal was to raise at least $5000 for a charity - "Cure Autism Now". I have an 18-year old daughter with autism, so this charity hits very close to home.
The race is now hostory and now that I have caught my breath a little, I'd like to share my experience with the Rubber Biscuit Racing Team's participation in the "24 Hours of Lemons" race in Detroit last weekend. This will take several posts, so please bear with me.
First and foremost, we will EXCEED
the $5000 goal that we set for the donation to the Cure Autism Now Foundation. We don't have a final accounting yet, but we are over definitely over $5K, and maybe $5.5K. To our donors and sponsors - thank you so VERY
much for your generosity.
Now to the car and the race. This is what the car looked like when I bought it in April for $400. It did not run (oil looked like chocolate milk) and had over 2 years of crud on the roof.
And after many hours of work, here is what the Biscuitmobile looked like prepped for the race. Normally we wouldn't have spent that much effort to clean it - a lot of work and it makes the car look more expensive than it really is. A dirty car would have been lower on the radar screen, but we had to get it clean enough for the decals of our sponsors to stick, so Chris attacked it with dishwashing liquid and a Scotchbrite pad.
And yes, Elwood Blue hat and sunglasses stayed on the roof of the car the full 24 hours (with the help of some sheet metal screws and wire ties).