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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.'

By Douglas Newcomb Aug 14, 2013 6:35AM

Upside-down Camaro. Image courtesy of YouTube.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.

[Source: Autoblog]
Aug 18, 2013 12:14AM
..original..... I will give him
Aug 18, 2013 6:18AM
Aug 18, 2013 10:21AM
Aug 18, 2013 6:01AM

I rather spend my money on world travel. To each, his own - but that's better than spending your money on crack.

Aug 18, 2013 8:44AM
Yeah, Porschemirror, don't insult the ford!
Aug 18, 2013 7:43AM
Ok. That's something you don't see every day.
Aug 18, 2013 8:40PM
I own Camaro 02 - very funny.  The Ford is also American - NO foreign crap!  It is good to have some fun!
Aug 18, 2013 4:07PM
still better than any pos rusting !!
Aug 18, 2013 7:43PM
I'm jealous.  Lemons is a blast to race, and I bet it's even more fun in a cool albeit slower concept like that.
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