When we’re choosing the Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week, we tend to lean in the direction of serious body modifications or ill-advised engine swaps. We’ve got one of the former type for you today: the Too Stupid To Know Better Volvo 740, better known in Lemons circles as “The Birthday Cake.”
We like Lemons cars made to look like famous movie cars, of course; we’ve seen such gems as the “Vacation” Family Truckster Wagon Queen, the “Harold and Maude” Jaguar E-Type hearse, the “Smokey & the Bandit” Trans Am, and the “Two-Lane Blacktop” GTO, among many others. Team Too Stupid To Know Better started their Lemons career with a Volvo 740 sedan, which they converted into the Deathmobile from “Animal House.”
We’d seen several Deathmobiles prior to this, but the Too Stupid To Know Better one was by far the best yet.
They even had a very convincing bust of Lemons Chief Perp Jay Lamm (or maybe it’s really his lookalike, Benito Mussolini) mounted on the Deathmobile’s hood, in place of the bust of the head of Faber College’s founder used in the film.
That was pretty good, but it was the re-theming that Too Stupid To Know Better assembled for the 2012 Arse Sweat-a-Palooza race that established the team as Legends of Lemons. The Deathmobile in the film started out hidden inside a big birthday cake parade-float disguise, and that is what covered the Volvo when it showed up at Buttonwillow Raceway that summer.
The Birthday Cake wasn’t very fast, and it had some mechanical problems, but it did manage to make a few passes on the track.
Happy Birthday, and the Organizer’s Choice trophy!