Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week: The Black Flags Toyota Supra

Welcome back to the Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week series, where we share some of the more interesting vehicles that compete in our favorite road-racing series. This week’s HSLCOTW is the 1983 Toyota Supra raced by The Black Flags, one of the most battered veterans in the Lemons universe.

This car made its debut at the 2009 Goin’ For Broken race at Reno-Fernley Raceway in Nevada. This Los Angeles-based team called themselves The Junkyard Dogs at that time, and the car featured the series’ first (and last) nitrous-oxide system for both engine and driver.

The car had all manner of weird stuff attached to it, for a very effective mid-apocalyptic look.

Although Supras can be quick on a road course, this Supra was very slow and excruciatingly unreliable. When it wasn’t clanking slowly around the track, it was in thousands of pieces in the pits.

The drivers got so many black flags for bad driving that the team changed its name to The Black Flags, adding a windshield-wiper mechanism that waved a black flag while the car was on the track.

Over the years, The Black Flags got much cleaner and somewhat quicker, eventually winning Class C in 2014. Yes, most Supras go into Class A or Class B, but The Black Flags had earned a Class C berth by being so slow.

A couple of years back, the team painted the car white and added a puzzling and slightly naughty “Kama Supra” theme.

As of the 2017 Arse Freeze-a-Palooza, the Black Flags’ Supra had competed in 34 Lemons races. Perhaps three 24 Hours of Lemons cars can claim more races, and none have as many battle scars as this Supra.

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