The Idea

Last year I drove in two 24 Hours of Lemons race events with another racing team. After proclaiming it was the most fun thing I have ever done with my pants on, several of my gearhead friends expressed interest in getting involved. I started discussing things with them and a couple of fellow Jalops, and decided that we were well equipped to give this race a go. And so our team was born!

The first order of business was to find a suitable race car. Initially, we were looking at front wheel drive Japanese cars. Kris, being our resident BMW uber-geek enthusiast, suggested that we look for an old BMW. The rest of the team, in order to rib Kris about his brand loyalty and the stereotype of BMW drivers, responded that we weren’t self-centered enough to drive a BMW. This was followed by the classic joke,

“What’s the difference between a porcupine and a BMW?

With a porcupine, the pricks are on the outside.”

As it turns out, after a couple of weeks Kris found a tired but solid 1987 BMW 325 for $400 that will fit the bill as a Lemons racer quite well.

Knowing that this style of BMW is already a popular choice as a Lemons racer and competition to get into the race is tight, we had to be creative in order to get ourselves a position in the race. While brainstorming ideas for a theme, we had to think of what makes us and our car different from all of the others. Our thoughts then turned back to our previous comments about not being stuck-up enough for a BMW. That’s when inspiration hit: We could have the world’s first BMW with the pricks on the outside! Thus, we became Team PorcuBimmer! Our car will become a giant brown porcupine, complete with large foam quills all over the hind end.

Now to submit our entry!!

-Scott