The 24 Hours of LeMons series will celebrate its 10th anniversary in about a year (we suggest you start making plans to be at the celebratory race in Michigan), and we’ve learned over the years that you’ll see certain things again and again at these races. You’ll see plenty of blown-up drivetrain parts, lots of disturbing team costumes… and many cars modified to resemble the time-traveling DeLorean DMC-12 from the film “Back To the Future”. Since everyone is talking about Back To the Future Day, we decided to share some of the “DeLoreans” that have competed in the 24 Hours of LeMons.
The first LeMons DMC-12 showed up at the third-ever event: the 2007 LeMons Detroit race at Flat Rock Speedway. One Toyota Supra took the overall win at that race, while another Supra knocked everybody out with its well-crafted DeLorean conversion.
Featuring aluminum foil glued all over the car, a reference to “serious shit,” and the BTTF-significant number 88, this car set the standard for future LeMons DeLoreans.
The mid-80s Supra is sort of DeLorean-shaped, but a LeMons car’s profile shouldn’t be a limiting factor when it comes time to make it look like a famous movie car. With that in mind, the Flux Decapitators took a 1992 Ford Tempo and added the requisite silver paint, wiring conduit, homemade flux capacitor, and whatever those big black rocket-engine-looking things on the back are supposed to be.
The Flux Decapitators debuted their Tempo at the Rod Blagojevich Never-Say-Die Chicago race in 2010.
The Tempo isn’t quite the quickest or most reliable race car in the world, but after four years of Midwest Region LeMons racing, the Flux Decapitators took home the Index of Effluency trophy.
One DeLorean-driving LeMons team has had great success with their chrononautical DeLorean, which started life as a Nissan 300ZX. Back To the Past Racing has taken overall wins in Houston in 2014, in Chicago in 2014, in Dallas in 2014, and in Dallas in 2012. Car number 88 was taken at an earlier race, so they switched to the available 880 and kept it.
At the 2014 There Goes the Neighborhood race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, TK Autosports showed up with this 1985 300ZX in full DeLorean mode. Unfortunately, the car got stuffed into a wall during pre-race practice and never turned a lap in the actual race.
Even a Volkswagen Scirocco can become a credible DMC-12, given sufficient creativity on the part of the team.
Of course, the team had a tough time traveling from 2012 to October 21, 2015, due to all-weekend-long problems with their car’s fuel system, but the car looked great.
Keep in mind that this is just a sampling of LeMons DeLoreans, and that this isn’t even the most popular movie-car theme in our series. That honor goes to the Pontiac Trans Am from “Smokey and the Bandit,” and we’ve seen every type of “Trans Am” from an Isuzu Impulse to a BMW E36. We’ll share some of those quasi-Pontiacs soon, so be sure to check in here!