Sometimes 55 Horsepower is All You Need to Conquer the Tail of the Dragon

What’s the logical next step after you build a totally convincing Ken Block Hoonicorn Mustang replica race car out of a Ford Contour? Running the 24 Hours of LeMons Retreat From Moscow road rally in a 1967 Mercedes-Benz W110 with a diesel four-cylinder engine that was factory-rated at 55 horsepower… 50 years and probably a half-million miles ago. After six states and over 1,000 miles of sleet and snow, the Knoxvegas Lowballers’ Benz ran the famous Tail of the Dragon road in Tennessee.

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The little oil-burner got through the corners quicker than a lot of cars with five times the power, though it wasn’t quite up to the pace set by the Roadkill “Missing Linc” shorty Town Car, which shattered the record Tail of the Dragon time for shortened Malaise Era Lincolns. As you read this, the Lowballers are solving problems ranging from melted piston rings to glow plugs spat out of the nuclear-fusion-temperature engine block, in preparation for the big Memphis-to-Birmingham push on Friday.

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