Greetings, at least one foreign land that’s gone “I wish we had something like that here” every time we’ve posted about crapcan racing. The 24 Hours of LeMons folks have opened up the 24 Hours of LeMons Australia. If all else fails, at least it’s guaranteed to be better than this year’s Australian Grand Prix!

Personally, I can’t wait to see bizarre JDM imports, Holdens and utes battle it out for ultimate crapcan supremacy. Which obscure Aussie-market crapbox is really the best? If there’s any one prize that can accurately determine terrible car supremacy, it’s LeMons’ various prizes for doing the most with the least worthy car, including its venerable Index of Effluency.

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That’s not even getting into themes, either. Please, skewer your American series overlords as much as we do, if not more. Bring us cheesy knock-offs of V8 Supercars. Bring the lulz.

There’s something about Australia that seems like a natural fit for LeMons. Perhaps it’s because its most famous form of motorsport involves V8 sedans hopping curbs like madmen, its most famous races are feats of endurance on unforgiving road courses, the huge number of Mad Max-themed LeMons cars over the year, or because of the no-nonsense attitude of its people. Either way, I’m sure part of the weekend kit should include very large hammers for both ‘roo damage and/or other cars on track.

There’s only one significant change to the rules: a $999 AU limit, as opposed to our $500 limit in ‘Murica-bucks. This is supposedly to make up for currency fluctuations, although perhaps sub-$500 stinkers aren’t as easy to find there.

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The first event is on October 28-29 this year at Wakefield Park Raceway. If anyone needs a horrible, slow, Class C-grade American driver, I could be bribed with Jaffas and Cherry Ripe.


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