I guess I'm just stumped as to why you need a car given to you. You seem to have plenty of resources. Money, equipment, time, experience. Is there some particular reason that your plan is unworkable without a handout? Excuse me, why your ACTION is unworkable without a free car and a judicial wink.
I'd just as soon the old guys with the bucket list got it over your humorless entry. Unless "hold our own...eye ca." was intentionally funny.
I may not have my teammates and friends posting "give it to us", but as this is a contest, we do want to win. There's only one place I know of to get a free '58 Wartburg, and this is it. As we are hopelessly addicted to Lemons (4 races in our first year alone, with plans for many more next year), and we do in fact have the equipment and skills necessary to make it really friggin cool, we'd naturally want to make the most of it. The Toronado appeared on CL with an ideal engine setup to put in the rear of the Wartburg. I jumped on it for $200. If that makes me too wealthy to win a free car, I guess no Lemons competitor is worthy.
Please don't make this personal. It's a friendly competition. Besides, it would appear your team has greater resources and funding than I, my unemployed cousin, my broke lawn-mowing 20 y/o buddy, and his debt-laden dad possess:
I have an 800 square foot 5 car garage, and currently only 4 project cars are housed therein, so technically, I do have a roof to put over the fair-fifty something Fraulein. She'd be in good company with a JPS Europa that hasn't run in over 15 years, a 65 Tiger that hasn't even been started since hubby drove it home 8 years ago, an 80 something mustang in the middle of a V8 engine swap and my Miata spec racer...
Also, this is an essay contest, not a popularity contest, or a who's-got-the-most-money/tools/experience /resources contest. Maybe my essay is nowhere near good enough, but it wasn't humorless:
...Handling was adequate, as long as you didn't turn left or right, and stayed below 30 mph. Power was sufficient, as long as the surface was flat, there was no wind, and you didn't plan to exceed the previously stated safe handling speed. Braking was the Wartburg's strong suit. The precision drum brakes could stop it from 25 mph in less than two city blocks.
Armed with such revolutionary technology, raw power, and superior handling/braking abilities, the fearsome and highly sought-after Wartburg is the ultimate endurance road racing candidate. But alas, very few were ever smuggled into the United States, as East Germany preferred to keep their little supercar's abilities a secret. Race teams have searched high and low for this exceedingly rare automotive treasure, with nary a hint of success...
...until now! The ultra wealthy powers-that-be at the ritzy 24 Hours Of Lemons penthouse headquarters have not only unearthed a pristine example of this coveted gem, they are willing to present it to some lucky endurance road racing team for FREE! Any cost to enter this magnificent Wartburg 311 sedan in the race of the winner's choosing? Nein! Penalty laps for those without integrity, who would venture to spend more than the allotted $500 in a paltry attempt to wring even more performance from the 311? Nyet! How can this be? This would be akin to simultaneously winning the Mega Millions Jackpot, the Powerball, and getting intimate favors from all three Jessica's (Biel, Alba, AND Simpson)!...
I don't care who ya are, that's funny right there.
You ladies want the car? So do we. You claim the ability to make it competitive? So do we. This contest is all in good fun, just like the race itself. Let's keep it that way, shall we?
To reiterate the Rodney King quote on the hood of our Lincoln, "Can't we all just get along"?
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