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New race tires for our Lemons Race car !

We got in some new tires for our 24 hours of Lemons endurance race car.

These are 15 inch Kumho Ecsta XS tires, and its basically a race track type tire thats street legal. They were only about $85 a piece as well so they were super affordable.

These will be FAR better tires than the passenger tires we had on our race car in last years endurance race.

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race Neon !

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race Neon !

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race Neon !

Some pics of our 24 Hours of Lemons Endurance Race on this past weekend – Oct 24th/25th 2009.

Last weekend, October 24th and October 25th, Modern Performance and its employees participated in the 24 hours of Lemons race. The 24 hours of Lemons is a endurance type race, where we race for 8 hours straight on saturday and 6 hours straight on sunday. The race track we raced at was the Motorsports Ranch in Angleton, Texas just south of Houston and the track layout was a 2.4 mile course. The course had plenty of long straights and lots of soft corners and sharp corners. On a few of the straightaways we could get our 98 Neon Lemon race car up to 95-110 mph, all while racing a FEW FEET away from the next racer !

If you havent seen our previous 24 hours of Lemons posts, see the other posts in our blog here:
http://blog.modernperformance.com/?s=lemon&searchsubmit-top=search

Tomorrow, we will post some more photos of other cars, and interesting things from the 24 Hours of Lemons race in Houston 2009.

Anyways, onto the photos !

Heres a photo of our pit area where our support crew, family and friends stayed during the race. Look at how beautiful the weather was ! 60-75 degrees all day, nice and clear. We could have asked for any better weather to race in !

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

Race time ! Our first driver was Alex, a previous employee and good friend. This was Alex’s first time competitive track racing and he did amazingly well.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

Heres Alex about to go racing !

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

Heres Alex at the end of the long straightaway near the entrance to the track.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

When we did our driver change from Alex to John, our passenger door was open and a judge happened to see that we only had one drivers side door beam, and the new race regulations state that you must have TWO drivers side door beams. Thats fine, but we are suprised that we passed tech inspection on Friday night and the tech guys didnt catch this. So, during the middle of the race, we had to take about an hour to go find the on site welder and weld on an additional drivers side door beam! We lost about 25-30 laps because of this!

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

Now, for some cool fast frame photos of John driving around the corner at the end of the long straightaway. At this part of the course we would get up to 100 miles an hour or so, and then have to brake hard to about 50-55mph to take the turn.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

After John raced, Jerry was up, and going around a corner the car got a little loose, and started to spin. During the spin, another car hit the front of our car and ripped off our bumper crash beam and shifted the entire front end towards the passenger side. As punishment, the judges of the Lemons race made us bolt our bumper crash beam onto our roof with bolts and washers.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

This is what our car looked like at the end of the day.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

NOTE: the damage on the passenger side door happened to us in 2008 when another driver plowed into our door.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

You cant really see the damage here, but our frame is twisted to the right from the impact. Our front motor mount was destroyed and the passenger side motor mount was twisted as well.

Looking straight down, normally the sheetmetal on this core support would go straight down, however it bows inwards.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

Here we are using a Porta Power hydraulic device to straighten out the frame and get everything back in line.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

Here is our front motor mount. Normally the two twisted pieces are parallel to each other, and NOT crossing each other like this one. This motor mount was really beat up !

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

Time to heat up, and bend the motor mount back into place..

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

After we fixed up the front motor mount, we reinstalled it onto the car.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

Next we took the twisted up crash beam, straightened it out and then welded it onto the front end of the car. We NEEDED this piece back on the car, because

if we hit anyone without our crash bar we would pierce our radiator and be out of the race for a long time !

In the photo below, we used 90 degree angle iron to hold the crash bar securely to the car.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

Sunday morning, our cars ready to go ! Heres Charles getting ready to go out and race !

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

After Charles raced and did a hell of a job, Matt was driving for a while before another Neon crashed into our passenger side and damaged our wheel. As you can imagine, our passenger side tire lost a LOT of air, very fast with this damage.

24 Hours of Lemons 2009 TEAM AIRWOLF Houston Texas

More photos will be posted tomorrow !

More bodywork to our 24 hours of Lemons Racecar..

We did more work to our Airwolf themed 24 hours of Lemons Racecar today.

Now that its been fully sanded and cleaned, its time to start taping it all off to prepare it for painting.

Heres our first coat of Airwolf gray paint. Notice how we are not painting the bottom so that we can paint the creme colored bottom later.

Heres Kyle, spraying on the gray with the paint gun.

Gray paints almost done..

Tomorrow, we are going to post photos of the bottom section being painted.

PLEASE NOTE: Modern Performance will be closed on Saturday OCT 24th 2009 because we will be racing in the 24 hours of Lemons!

PLEASE NOTE: Modern Performance will be closed on Saturday OCT 24th because we will be racing in the 24 hours of Lemons!

You will still be able to place orders through our shopping cart, however our phone lines will not be answered on saturday due to our entire staff racing in the 24 hours of Lemons Endurace Race on Saturday and Sunday.

For more details on our 24 hours of Lemons Race – see our previous threads in our blog here:

http://blog.modernperformance.com/?s=lemon&searchsubmit-top=search

MP’s Lemon Race is coming up fast! Pics of our car

Modern Performance will be participating in the 2009 24 Hours of Lemons Race on October 24th and 25th this year at the Motorsports Ranch in south Houston.8

We raced in this event last year and were 23rd out of 78 cars, with many of our employees never having ANY racing experience. This year we’ll have a team that has a lot more experience, and we’ll be putting on better tires compared to last year.

Here are some quick specs on our race car:
1998 Neon (Was originally a Sohc manual highline coupe)
Dohc motor out of a stratus
3.94 manual transmission

One of our local customers gave this car to us as a shell, and we assembled the car ourselves (well, mainly with the skill of our Neon engine expert employee Charles!)

Anyways, onto pictures of our car. It will be undergoing some changes in the next few weeks and we’ll do our best to keep you updated on it!

Heres our car, in all its vinyl sticker peeling glory:

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race NEON

Whats wrong with this picture ? Why does it seem like the fenders are bulging out as if our car is a widebody race car ?

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race NEON

Its because our car was pummeled by another Lemons racer who crashed into our car!!

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race NEON

If this was my personal Neon, Id be furious, but its ok, its our Lemons race car and its a $500 race car!

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race NEON

Its no show stopper, but its a great race car!

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race NEON

Here you can see the totally stripped out interior, roll cage and 2nd gen steering wheel

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race NEON

No power steering, no ac !

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race NEON

Stock header along with a Moroso spiral flow muffler welded onto it to help quieten it down

Modern Performance's 24 hours of Lemons Race NEON

Watch out over the next few weeks for photos and updates on our Lemons race car..