Upside-down Camaro debuts at LeMons
Muscle car on a Ford Festiva chassis was created by an '8-year-old kid trapped in a 40-year-old body.'
We’ve become accustomed to seeing some pretty strange customized cars coming out of the 24 Hours of LeMons race series. Everything from a 1987 Chrysler Conquest with a giant squirting ketchup bottle sticking out of the roof to an AM General DJ-5 “Mail Jeep” hits the track – if not crosses the finish line – in this racing series for vehicles that cost $500 or less.
But an almost-famous LeMons racer with the handle “Speedycop” literally flipped the script for his latest creation: an upside-down Camaro fitted to a Ford Festiva chassis that debuted last weekend at the LeMons’ Real Hoopties of New Jersey event.
Speedycop, aka Jeff Bloch, is a 17-year veteran of the Washington, D.C., police department and an amateur mechanic. He’s also a self-professed "8-year-old kid trapped in a 40-year-old body, with just enough talent to pull off my wacky ideas."
Even though Bloch brought up the rear in the upside-down Camaro's maiden LeMons voyage, the car was definitely a crowd favorite. It earned Speedycop and his Gang of Outlaws crew the top prize: the Index of Effluency (IOE) trophy, given to a car that, as Bloch puts it, “has no business being on the racetrack but is really cool and does its best anyway."
You can see the upside-down Camaro in action at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in the video below and in detail in a photo gallery on Flickr.
This isn’t the first time Bloch has prepared an unusual rig for LeMons. He and his crew created the 27-foot Spirit of LeMons, a 1956 Cessna 310 airplane body over a Toyota minivan chassis, to compete in a LeMons race in South Carolina. It, too, won an IOE trophy and, for Bloch, a few more minutes of fame and a lifetime of respect from his fellow LeMons racers.
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