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Published on Aug 17, 2009
During the First Annual 24 Hours of LeMons Buttonwillow Histrionics, August 15-16, 2009, our #88 Barbarian Motorworks Charity Case BMW E30 325es gets a little friendly with the #65 Black Iron Racing BMW 540i on Saturday afternoon.
Watch closely for the yellow flags waving just before impact. Both drivers missed it at first -- when Black Iron saw it, they decided that a full stop on the race track was the best course of action. On the fastest turn of the track, while passing a car on the high side. Unorthodox? Yes, but it did bring both cars to a full stop. Both teams pitted, fixed their cars, and were back on track by Saturday evening.
As a side note, it wouldn't hurt if LeMons judges came down harder on teams for proper brake lights. The Black Iron guys had simply ziptied the stock 540 brake lights to the roll cage in the trunk, about 3 feet inwards of the rear bumper. That put them in one hell of a hard-to-see spot.
Presumably based upon the description of this event as well as supposedly multiple complaints about their driving style, the #65 car was voted for the People's Curse award on Sunday morning.
At the end of the day there were no hard feelings. After all, rubbing is racing.