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Old December 31st, 2016, 18:53   #1
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Default Roadkill LeMONS Rally: Moscow PA > Buffalo > Memphis > Paris TN

Are there any Roadkill fans here on TDIclub? Have you heard about this:

Hell on Wheels: Retreat from Moscow Rally

Jan. 31-Feb 3, 2017

Moscow PA > Buffalo > Memphis > Paris TN





They claim they will be filming an episode of Roadkill during this rally and there are only 32 cars registered, one of which is David Frieburgers!

Will post updates here, and on my facebook page: Santos Speed Shop & Day Care

Event Details here: https://www.24hoursoflemons.com/rally

and here: http://www.motorsportreg.com/events/...mailRegReceipt
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Old December 31st, 2016, 19:19   #2
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More detailed details here: http://www.roadkill.com/come-run-lem...ally-roadkill/
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 15:09   #3
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This looks like fun
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 19:36   #4
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I did the inaugural Lemons rally in August, and my co-driver and I will be there for the winter version as well, highly recommended. I also recommend 24 Hours of LeMons racing, I'll be starting my 4th season this April at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan (not in a TDI, sadly.)
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Old January 4th, 2017, 09:44   #5
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Hi Allan! I've been enjoying the pictures and articles written about LeMONS racing but haven't even attended an event yet. I have a vehicle in mind for a "full racecar" conversion, but it is currently being driven by my wife's grandmother and is owned by wife's grandfather. I've been maintaining the car, and the grandparents, at our home for more than a year now. Grandpa knows how much I like his car and I've told him that I would take care of it if he ever wanted to get rid of it, but it doesn't sound like will give it up as long as it is roadworthy.

Its a '97 Plymouth Neon:



In this picture we had to take the intake completely off to get at a rotted steel coolant line and replace it with rust-proof rubber hose. A satisfying little job, which took me all day. When grandpa asked how much I would charge him I said I only used about $10 worth of hose. It was nice to spend time working on something different with Grandpa.

The Moscow to Paris Rally ends at the first LeMONS race of the year: https://www.24hoursoflemons.com/even...ountry-classic

I'm looking forward to spectating before starting the 14 hour (split over two days) journey home!

'Shine Country Classic

04 February 2017 - 05 February 2017

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Old January 4th, 2017, 11:50   #6
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Paul,
Neons do well in Lemons, have seen a few pretty quick ones. Parts are relatively cheap and fairly easy to find. I'd say find your own $500 example and go for it, you don't want to tell your grandparents your plans for their car! Our team now has three cars to choose from: a 94 Civic (good for the same reason Neons are), an 86 Volvo 240 wagon (brought to us by one of our new team members), and an 86 Subaru XT (speaks for itself).
As far as the rally goes, we have a 10-ish hour drive to PA, and a 10.5-ish hour drive back to Chicago. I have to be back bright and early that Monday so I will not be spending a lot of time at the track. Looking forward to meeting you at the rally!
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Yeah I probably wouldn't race their neon while they are still around to see it, they've had the car for 15 years are both rather fond of it. Its just dreaming really, if I were to prepare a race car it would be fun to take a car that has LITERALLY been driven once a week by a little old lady.

Looking forward to meeting you too, Allan!
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Old January 8th, 2017, 14:36   #8
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NarfBlast,

This sounds really cool. I can't do it this year, but might try to do it next year if I remember and have time.

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Old January 8th, 2017, 16:45   #9
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I can't do it this year, but might try to do it next year if I remember and have time.

Eric
Hi Eric! I think it was one of your posts that that inspired (re-assured) me to (that) I could build my own rear shock extensions to go with my Jetta wagon rear springs! Thanks for that little push in the right direction on a little project that has given no-regrets since! Still loving the extra (clunk free) lift.

This rally grabbed me as one of "things I should do"... it took a few nights to convince myself it was something I needed to do.

My wife, who pays for me to stay and make home for the kids, was easier to convince. She recognized immediately that I had to do this rally. She knows how much I love Roadkill (the show). She also knows how much deep and restorative healing I get from extremely long drives. She started re-arranging her schedule for the week of the Rally a couple of nights after I started debating on weather I should go.

Now that the holidays are over, I've really started researching themes and mascots for this rally. I've been watching lemons racing recap videos all weekend. Tonight I carefully studied the Rally Recap from last year: http://www.roadkill.com/lemons-rally-recap/

I am pretty sure I am just going to be myself and go with the "Santos Speed Shop & Day Care" theme. I plan to bolt a pair of matching expired baby bucket seats to the roof rack and put a 20L jerry can of diesel in one and gasoline in the other, to start. I told my wife about this and she wondered if I would draw attention from police to which I responded, "That is the beauty of it! You get points for being pulled over if you have a good story!"

I brainstormed with her about bring my trailer and having broken kids outdoor toys rolling around in it to go with the theme. She quickly warned that would get me into the "creepy valley" where things got a bit too real and it would make people wonder if I had lost my kids or had some other kind of depressing or disturbing story. I agreed. Will try and keep it out of the creepy valley.

Still working on details of the theme and mascot. Will post pictures.

Thankfully the only maintenance that needs done is an oil change and possibly exhaust work to fix a leak, so far.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 17:38   #10
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Paul,

Yea, I remember your posts over on the 2" lift thread. That's one of the best things I've done with my 2005 Beetle. I have a small 4x8 utility trailer I tow with my Beetle and also have a 13' Scamp that I towed home from Ohio. I still got 35 mpg towing the Scamp home.

A couple years ago I went on part of the HotRod power tour with my Dad and one of my brothers. It was a week long tour, but we broke down in Memphis after three days. We were driving a 1965 olds 98 convertible. Blew a head gasket.

This sounds an interesting (and cool) tour! I'll have to put a note in my calendar to look for it next year.

If you do go (which it sounds like you are) please post some pics and how the tour was.

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This sounds an interesting (and cool) tour! I'll have to put a note in my calendar to look for it next year.

If you do go (which it sounds like you are) please post some pics and how the tour was.

Eric
I've heard about Power Tour from the Hot Rod and Roadkill YouTube channels. Sounds like an awesome way to get out on the road. That is great that you could do it with your family.

I find out about these events by following the official Roadkill and LeMONS pages on Facebook. That is also where I got motivated to install a CB radio for this trip.

I found a mascot, and it is awesome - pictures soon.

I will definitely post the most detailed daily updates here, with shorter, more frequent updates on my Facebook page.
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Good luck on the rally, as one of the few in the country that runs a true VW TDI in Lemon/Chump road racing group. There is nothing like it a lot of fun

Here we are a WG coming in to turn 1# at 120MPH
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Good luck on the rally, as one of the few in the country that runs a true VW TDI in Lemon/Chump road racing group. There is nothing like it a lot of fun
Thanks Bob! I hope I make it to the first LeMONS race of the 2017 season (as a spectator) at the end of the Rally!
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Only ten more sleeps!

The car is as "ready as its going to get". Recently the oil has been changed and the exhaust flex pipe replaced. Last month the fuel and air filters were replaced. Extra fluids will be packed along with tools and spare coolant hoses; have had a rash of coolant hoses popping recently.

There are many other little maintenance items that the car arguably needs but I am NOT addressing before the rally:

- very slow coolant leak that I haven't been able to find since last spring
- injector seal that only causes a minor "put-put" sound under hard lugging (which should be avoided anyway) already replaced seal on that cylinder once since installing new injectors
- power steering pump is getting noisy
- horrible rattles and squeaks from belts for a few seconds when cold, only happened once
- transmission mount is floppy, possibly breaking exhaust flex pipes
- timing belt is overdue, and when it was last changed (over 160,000 km ago!) my local guru and I found that the aluminum motor mount bolt hole threads looked bad
- cam wear noticed during last timing belt change
- running on barely-legal tread-depth used winter tires
- rust has started in the floor panels enlarging the rear foot well drain holes.
- injection pump weeps diesel
- vacuum pump leaks oil
- transmission fill plug seems to be leaking fluid
- back of engine has oil everywhere, been like that for years, could be the valve cover, intake manifold, who knows, who cares

The only thing that doesn't leak is brake fluid!

WOW! It was good to get that off my chest. I hope the organizers agree that this car is not worth more than $500 considering that list. The timing of this Rally is perfect! Extra points are scored for roadside repairs and junkyard parts gained en-route. I've owned this car since new and lately my philosophy has been: "it should go out with a bang, not a whimper."

With all the mechanical concerns pushed aside, I turned my attention to some key requirements of this Rally:

CB Radio:
Rumours are that Frieburger and Finnegan will have one, so I had to have one. Mounted mine on top of my ScanguageII:



Rediculous Theme: Santos Speed Shop and Day Care. Will also try to add a set of four bald tires on the front half of the roof rack in case of cross-border shopping opportunity and to add to the effect:



Mascot: Pinky!

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Paul,

Looks great!!! I like the gas tank holders....

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