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Ford Probe Enters LeMons Race

Ford Probe Enters LeMons Race

Shoals Mustangs competed in the 24 Hours of LeMons “Shine Country Classic” Race held February 4th and 5th, 2017 at the 2.38 mile Barber Motorsports Park road course in Birmingham. The event is an endurance race totaling 14.5 hours over two days. The 24 Hours of LeMons is restricted to cars that were purchased for a total of $500 or less. Our car, a 1994 Ford Probe, was purchased in April 2014. We then purchased safety gear, helmets, racing seat, seat harness, tires, wheels, and pipe for the roll cage. We had a roll cage fabricated and installed in the car. We removed all of the interior and the glass, except for the windshield, and installed a cold air intake and an exhaust header.  

Tech inspection was held on Friday to ensure that the car and the safety equipment adhered to the rules of Lemons. We passed tech inspection with the help of a bribe of moonshine whiskey. The endurance-race sessions were held on Saturday and Sunday.

The team for this race was made up of Byron Randolph, Ralph Stumpe, Bryan Hamilton and Mike Stumpe. We completed 265 laps, finishing 55th out of 103 cars that started the race. Other Shoals Mustang team members not present for this race were Paul Bryant and Ellis Keene. An original team member, Frank Cavin, is now living on Dauphin Island, and is racing for another team.