It’s not every day that we get callouts from our 24 Hours of Lemons competitors. However, our latest YouTube wrap-up video from the Yokohama Good Try at Road Atlanta prompted a (surprisingly) cogent rebuttal. And guess what? It seems that Lemons may be headed for a Triumph V8 Wedge smackdown/wrench-a-thon in 2019.
The callout came from Paul Bloomfield, whose V8-swapped Triumph TR7 (of many names) won Class C last May after a mere eight years of trying. That race found them finishing in 22nd place (of 136 cars). At the next race at Thompson Speedway, they also ran as high as second place overall in the rain, Paul claims. We’re a bit dubious of that, but maybe he’s not exaggerating. Regardless, the crappy British car has made a long journey from its debut Bottom 10 finish at the 2010 Lemons New England race (above).
Anyway, Mr. Bloomfield takes exception with us referring to the Knoxvegas Lowballers‘ Index of Effluency-winning TR8 being called “…probably the most competitive TR8 running in America anywhere right now which makes it barely a mid-pack car” in the Road Atlanta wrap-up video (see above). We doubt Paul is incensed because his Triumph has been overlooked for IOE victories in the past. And to be fair, eight years is a long-ass time to go without burning a Triumph to the ground, either accidentally or in justified rage.
So Bloomfield issued the following callout:
“I think it’s time to throw down the gauntlet. I’d like a piece of this guy, and that other James Bondo 007 and any other team running a TR7 or -8 for that matter. That’s right; I’m calling them out. I propose we get all the Triumphs together and settle this Harris Mann-o-a-Harris Mann-o. If you can make that happen, we’ll be there. In fact, we’ll take on the whole British fleet…….you’ll see……why I oughta…‘barely a mid-pack-car’…. I’ll show you a barely mid-pack car!!…. I’ll go buy three or four Triumphs and weld together the best parts of each one! Again! Anyway, I’ll be in my garage, trying to figure out what other Triumph parts I can eliminate, awaiting your reply. Otherwise, you can tell those guys we’ll be looking for them, starting in Pittsburgh.”
There you have it. The callout is issued: Knoxvegas Lowballers (and anyone else), get your Triumphs to The Pitt Maneuver at Pittsburgh International Race Complex on April 13-14. If you’re Triumph-free at that race, then (A) you’re smarter than these idiots and (B) keep an eye out for frayed electrical systems and even-more-frayed Triumph teams.
Anyway, while you’re here, check out below for our YouTube Recaps for the Yokohama Stuntin’ and Splodin’ Soiree at MSR Houston and Arse-Freeze-Apalooza at Sonoma Raceway.