Hat tip today to Rick Kamen, Roster keeper for the Willys Aero Survival Count.
“Racing shouldn’t just be for rich idiots. Racing should be for ALL idiots.
That’s where LeMONS comes in!”
If the Twin H-Power racing Hudsons of the 1950s, were the “Fabulous Hudson Hornets”, then a racing Willys Aero-Lark of the same vintage should prove to be (ahem) at least Adequate!
And Adequate it was, completing the 2016 24 Hours of LeMONS at the Sonoma (Sears Point) Raceway in the California wine country, campaigned by “Four Yak Press Racing”. The car was almost bone stock except for the addition of a roll cage:
Breathtaking power was supplied by its 67 year-old 75 horsepower flathead six:
A set of Westlake tires was installed, with the idea that low-traction tires would spare the ancient suspension from excessive cornering stress.
Not every modern driver knows how to work a three-on-the-tree column-shifted manual transmission, so this handy diagram was added:
When the green flag was dropped, the Adequate Willys was ready to go:
It was tippy around turns, and the decades-old clutch couldn’t grip at more than about half throttle. Still, the Four Yak Press Racing Willys was knocking down lap after lap:
When the race ended, the Aero-Lark had completed 132 laps around one of the most challenging courses in the LeMons world. The team finished 160th out of 183 entries, beating five BMWs, two Nissan 300ZXs, a Mustang, a Camaro, and a pair of Mazda RX-7s. For this, the Adequate Willys was awarded the top prize of LeMons racing, the Index of Effluency. Congratulations, Four Yak Press Racing!
Another fun post: The “Twin-H Brothers“
Hat tip: “Cousin D.R.S.”: