Archive for June, 2009

June 13/14,2009 = Productive Weekend!

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Not only did we get the MaxJax 2 post lift installed:

But we successfully married parts from two dead transmissions to make one “mostly good” franken-tranny and actually got it installed in the car on Sunday!

We also got the new brake lines installed on the rear so they won’t blow out on us during the event and have us screaming into a corner with no brakes!!

The new MaxJax 2 post lift was finally installed for this weekends workday!

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Our entry for the 2009 Buttonwillow Historionics is IN and we’ve been ACCEPTED!

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

We are officially registered for the 2009 Buttonwillow 24hrs of LeMons!

There’ve been some rules changes, so we’ll need to make a few minor updates to the Rice Rocket.

We have only 9 weeks before the fateful day, so get your gloves on and get ready to get dirty!

Rico already scavenged the 2nd gear synchro’s from a spare 4-speed Z tranny I had in the back of the garage to replace the one in the Rice Rocket’s 5-speed gearbox.

We need to get the paint updated with the new number requirements and get some “art” pieces finished before heading down to the event.

I should have my new 2-post lift installed today, so no one has any excuse for not working on a conveniently elevated car…

See you all next weekend!

Here’s the official “notification”:

8 June 2009

Hi, Team Captain:

Good news–I think. Your team has officially been ACCEPTED for The Buttonwillow Histrionics (aka LeMons So-Cal) at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in lovely downtown Buttonwillow CA, Aug 15 & 16. Now what?

A: Read this email completely.

B: Forward it to the rest of your team, one of whom is certainly smarter than you are. (You agreed to be captain, so clearly you’re not the genius.)

C: Acknowledge your acceptance with a reply to Nick Pon that says “Team (blah blah) Received the Acceptance.” If you don’t confirm, we’ll assume you’ve wised up and will give away your slot. Nick’s email address is Oh, and if you actually write “blah blah” on the email, we’ll penalize you 855 laps just ’cause we’re tired of hearing that one.

D: Finish your application data. If you left anything blank on your online application, you’ll now see a big red INCOMPLETE at the top of the Home page. Please try to resolve all that ASA-frickin’-P.

Got all that? Good. The rest of your job comes down to three tasks:

That’s right: We’re inaugurating a new tech sheet at this race: Download the tech sheet, read the instructions, and then bring the completed tech sheet to the track. BTW, not every rule is reflected on the tech sheet: You still need to study the full LeMons Rulebook.


Friday 14 August ’09
7am: Gates Open
Morning & Afternoon: Buttonwillow-Organized Track Day (see below)
Noon-5pm: Mandatory Friday Tech inspection (Every car and at least one driver per team MUST be present for Tech Inspection on Friday–no Saturday Tech will be offered!)

Saturday, 15 August ’09
8am: Gates Open
10am: Drivers’ Meeting (Mandatory)
11am: Race Session I Start
8pm: Race Session I End

Sunday, 16 August ’09
8am: Drivers’ Meeting (Mandatory)
8:30am: Race Session II Start
10:30am: People’s Curse
1:30pm: Checkered Flag–Race Session II End
2pm: Awards Ceremony
6pm: Gates Close

Buttonwillow Raceway Park will host an open-track test day on Friday with specific LeMons groups interspersed. Call the track’s front office (661.764.5333) for times, details, and prices.

OVERNIGHT CAMPING: The gates open at 7am Friday morning; until then, you’re on your own. Friday and Saturday camping is $50 per team, paid in advance via your home page. Buttonwillow has about 48 powered RV spaces–first come, first hooked up, no extra charge. Day-trippers, please leave the hookups for overnighters. They need them to run their margarita machines.

Your entry fees are now due. These need to be forked over in full by Saturday, 20 June ’09–miss that deadline, and your spot may be given to the next team on the waitlist. Need to beg an extension? Please drop me an email before the due date.

Your total fees are shown on your registration Home page. Of course, this assumes that you filled out the driver, crew, camping, license, and transponder info correctly. Remember, if there’s a big red INCOMPLETE at the top of your Home page, you’ve screwed something up: Fix it before it’s too late.

That’s all I got. Best regards and see you in So-Cal–JL

Jay Lamm, Chief Perpetrator
5675 Horton Street, Suite C
Emeryville CA 94608
510.655.5980 x23 (Jay direct)