team Dragon Somethin’ goes online!

June 25, 2009

Our car-

This was the first car of a girl in Virginia, given to her by her father in 2004. She drove the car until graduation when her father gave her a turbo 944 to drive to college, so this car sat. In 2007 her new boyfriend took interest in the car and bought it for $1000 w/ almost 200k on the clock. Being a friend of mine, I helped him to replace the waterpump, timing belt, springs, shocks and some other maintenance items. He also had a BMW and a 944s2 cabriolet which I was doing a turbo motor swap into. This car remained as his daily driver until in 2008 he was in town (Cincinnati) and ran into a deer on a twisty back road. The car took a pretty good hit and needed a fender, door, mirror and quarter panel, not to mention the interior was in pretty bad shape already. The car limped over to my house and sat awaiting repair or parting out, when he offered me the car for $250 as partial payment towards money owed on the turbo cab swap. I at first declined the car but before he came to pick it up a friend of mine – Sam Grant- told me he was thinking of running a car in the LeMons race. I quickly called my friend up and told him I would take it. My buddy Andy Kihm offered up a fender, door and anything else needed to fix the car as long as he could be on the LeMons team- so our team was born. The summer of 2008 we started preparing the car by pulling parts out and selling them off but as it turns out Sam and I both had too much going on in 2008 to make the race. The car went into storage until 2009 when we started back up selling off parts. Much of the interior was junk and was thrown away but we did manage to sell the console, headliners, foglights, and some random pieces. Alan Arkus, who had been showing up at track events and hanging out w/ the 944 guys for a year or two decided to join the team, and his brother in law was a race car fabricator who built cool things like tubular a-arms and roll cages in his spare time. He was drafted to build the cage for the LeMons car, and since he was interested in selling these cages pre-fabbed for 944cup series guys, he was doing ours for materials cost. Sam’s friend Ben Lowe is also into 944’s and having had just parted out wrecked car donated a couple parts and decided to join the team as well. A well rounded team has 6 drivers, so I recruited a good friend TJ Pugh, a great track driver and 968 racer, to be our STIG. TJ also had an enclosed trailer so we decided he should definitely be on the team.  As the date of the 2009 race began creeping closer we needed a theme for our car. It seemed no matter how much we drank a good idea would just not come to us. Themes bounced off each other ranged from Porsche race car themes to German Dukes of Weissach and a Hairy Ballsack car. Then it hit me as I stared into my bottle of Heineken, Dragon Somethin! After talking it over with my 9 year old consultant we expanded from just Dragon Somethin’ into a full out Dragon Car theme with a Knight costume and 3d scales on the car etc. Now what to do about some flame throwers…

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