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24 Hour LeMons

Postby Peter » Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:28 pm

Policeman stuns race rivals in upside down car.

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Stunned racing drivers were shocked to see a rival making his way around the track on the roof of his car. But off-duty police officer Jeff Bloch had not crashed – he was behind the wheel of his upside down race car.

Bloch, known as 'Speedy Cop' was taking part in the LeMons race series.

The competition sees endurance racers driving around the circuit in a series of budget motors where the wackier is seen as better.

After racing a converted plane, Bloch recently completed his upside-down race car.

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He spent two months putting the upside down shell of a gutted Chevrolet Camaro onto a Ford Festiva.

The car has just enough clearance for its hidden wheels to drive around the track.

Bloch, from Maryland, USA, said: "I specialise in driving wacky race cars in LeMons, I have raced a pink Cadillac and a plane car.

"This time I went for something that would make people do a double take, for people to think I had rolled the car.

"It's a frightening fusion of a wretched 1990 Ford Festiva and a horrible 1999 Chevy Camaro, with a not-so-subtle twist.

"The drivers, stewards and spectators kept telling me they had a momentary panic and thought 'oh no, he's crashed', which is what I wanted.

"There were bewildered looks, broad grins, and plenty of laughter. Everyone loved it."

Bloch raced the upside down car for the first time over the weekend at the New Jersey Motorsport Park.

The car was powered from a tiny 1.3-litre unit which developed just 60bhp when the Ford Festiva was new in 1990.

This meant, with the added 300kg of the Camaro body, the car was only capable of around 85mph so Bloch came bottom of the leaderboard.

Bloch said: "I wanted to create something unique, something no one had ever done before.

"Other than a clutch failure which we fixed, nothing went wrong. The car was slow though and there was no working speedo.

"It was probably capable of about 85mph but was a blast to drive, every time you tried to push the car it was all over the place, it was like a white knuckle ride."

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Just the thing for the Tailem Bend Motorsport Park to put itself on the map.

Some other cars in the field.

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