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'It's Like Burning Man Meets Car Geeks'

Aug 21, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Marcus Ubungen

The 24 Hours of LeMons race consists of a subculture of car geeks who take $500 junkyard cars and turn them into racing machines that can go for hours. Often what this entails is an extreme amount of dismantling and reassembling of parts to create "Frankenstein machines." The filmmaker Marcus Ubungen follows a Bay Area team as they put together their "lemons" and discuss what goes into creating these elaborate and themed vehicles. "These cars shouldn't exist but they do, and they do really well," says one participant. "It's like Halloween meets gasoline."

More of Ubungen's work can be found on his website, Tumblr, and Instagram.

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