An Obsessive Compulsive quest to enter and finish the greatest screwball racing series in motorsports, The 24 Hours of LeMons! And some other boring stuff...
Thursday, May 21, 2009
"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.” Albert Einstein
It's 2am, Wednesday night, or Thursday morning depending on if you are a late owl or early bird. Personally I don't understand early-birds. They say early-birds get the worm, but I prefer late night steaks and keggers. That's just me.
My stepfather happens to be one of them weird ass early-birds. And I happen to think he is insane. Coincidence? I think not. But I digress...
So, it's 2 am and I have just quit thrashing on the Killer Bee, our 24 Hours of LeMons MGB race car. It's a giant bee looking thing. And it is sitting on the sidewalk in front of my house as we frantically try to finish the long ass list of tasks before leaving for Fernley Nevada later this morning. And by we I mean me, with major support from she's-so-tired-she's-sleeping-on-the-couch-spouse.
Kevin "Hey-WOW-man" Chong did come over this afternoon and help me thrash on some last minute details which may end up being the push that gets us to the track on time. He brought our revised door numbers over which came out awesome! Seems he happens to have a vinyl plotter at his disposal, which just saved our butts.
I had a cool door number/team logo planned out, but it was "ixnayed" by the powers that be for being slightly unreadable. Yeah, after seeing it on the car I figured as much which is why I submitted a graphic sample for them to check out. So now I am on to plan B, which means we put the Logo on the hood instead and run simpler numbers as per the rules on the door.
Other than that, building and prepping this stupid thing has been a one man show. And it was a LOT more work than I realized. But, it has turned out pretty cool so far if I do say so myself. Er, cool in a LeMons kinda way. Don't get your hopes up.
Unfortunately photos pics and video at this juncture are under the strictest of controls. They have been taken and recorded, but are under tight secrecy. Our plan for world domination is not to be taken lightly. Under penalty of flubbery.
Which brings me back to the fact that the secret weapon (aka one Killer Bee) is sitting on the sidewalk in front of my house. For the world to see. On a busy street.
While I was working on the race car last weekend, one Sweet ass Datsun 510 drove by and yelled "Yeah! Killer Bee!!" Dog walkers and passerby's stop to chat, and hispanic elderly ladies tell me they like my funny car. And, as the final secret touches fall into place, I now have entire families stopping by with their kids just to see the "Bee-Car".
Kabloey... So much for a secret weapon.
So why is the car sitting on the sidewalk? Well, it seems that's just where they ended up.
You remember that little toy puzzle game you played with as a kid, the one where you have 8 or 11 pieces that slide around one piece at a time until you solve the puzzle?
Well, heh-heh-heh, that's my driveway.
And it was more hassle than it was worth to move things around again after our EPIC trip up to Oakland last Friday. Instead I went ahead and finished the build out in the open, much like "Overhaulin" did that build at the SEMA show in Vegas. Only without any of the professional quality or know-how. Perhaps I'm more like the guy in the Mitsubishi commercial... with cars on jack-stands in the front yard...
"I'm a fixing on them!"
So it's 2 am, and I have nearly finished with the list. The blasted list from hell that keeps growing every time I remember things I forgot to put on the last list. Brownie, The worlds greatest Crappy RV is not ready, and I still need supplies. we are in good shape.
I pick up our rental trailer in the morning, and come hell or high water we will be on the road to Reno by 10am. Translated, that means by noon I will be frantically throwing stuff on the floor of the RV, trying to get out of town by 2pm.
That's the plan anyways.
Good god it's here. It's REALLY here.
At this moment, I had second thoughts. Do I really want to do this? I mean, I met the teams of a lot of the other entries. These are not wholly sane people. Hmmm.. ok, in that case, yes. Yes I DO want to do this. These my peeps.
Besides, "sweet-but-make-me-fat-spouse" bought me some new Mother's cookies for the trip. Gotta take a trip to eat trip goodies. Seems my favorite cookies are now back on the market after being saved by Kellogg's. Yeay!
But, I still have a huge stash of expired cookies from when I cleaned out the supermarket when I heard they went bankrupt.
Wanna buy some Halloween edition circus animal cookies? (Missing Kitty)