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Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built

Soulskill posted about 10 months ago | from the mmmmm,-dreeeeam-car dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 53

Meshach writes "Some fans of The Simpsons have built a real-life version of Homer Simpson's dream car. In The Simpsons' world, Homer finds out he has a long, lost cousin named Herb Powell (voiced by Danny DeVito), who owns a car company in Detroit. Herb is so delighted to meet Homer that he allows Homer to design a car, which eventually ruins the company. This real vehicle is a working replica of the infamous car from the series."

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The best part (4, Funny)

Dwedit (232252) | about 10 months ago | (#44207351)

The best part is the BORT license plate on the back of the vehicle.

Re:The best part (1)

cstdenis (1118589) | about 10 months ago | (#44211201)

We need more Bort licence plates in the gift shops. I repeat we are sold out of Bort license plates.

Re:The best part (1)

ls671 (1122017) | about 10 months ago | (#44211245)

Nah, the best part is Marge who looks pretty fine to me. Also, what are those dents on the driver side on the base of the rear wing?

Re:The best part (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44213839)

They're Speed Dents!

Will not comment on attractiveness of two dimensional cartoon characters, except to say you may wish to seek some help. I recommended Dr Marvin Monroe.

Re: The best part (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44216871)

I think he was talking about the woman in a costume dressed as Marge but thanks for coming out.

Re:The best part (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44217361)

They're dents. This is a race car!

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44207385)

There's the week-late-to-the-party Slashdot I know and love! You were scaring me with those up to date current event stories earlier.

Love this episode (5, Funny)

BTWR (540147) | about 10 months ago | (#44207413)

Herb: While you're here, I want you to make yourselves right at home. Anytime you're hungry, anytime day or night, Cook will make you anything you want.
Homer: Even pork chops?
Herb: Absolutely. We have a tennis court, a swimming pool, a screening room--
Homer: You mean, if I want pork chops, even in the middle of the night, your guy will fry 'em up?
Herb: Sure. That's what he's paid for. Now, if you need towels, laundry--
Homer: Wait!
Herb: Maids--
Homer: Wait, wait, wait, wait! Let me see if I've got this straight. It's Christmas day, 4:00 a.m., there's a rumble in my stomach--
Marge: Homer, please!
Herb: Your old man sure loves pork chops!
Bart: He sure does, Uncle Herb.

Re:Love this episode (2)

jones_supa (887896) | about 10 months ago | (#44210677)

For those who want to watch the excellent episode, it is called Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (S02E15), season 2 torrent [thepiratebay.sx].

Re:Love this episode (1)

pwizard2 (920421) | about 9 months ago | (#44212455)

Torrenting old (10-15 YO) episodes is fair IMO since it's hard to find anything but the last few seasons on DVD anymore.

Re:Love this episode (2)

stinerman (812158) | about 9 months ago | (#44212617)

Really? [amazon.com]

I don't have a problem with torrenting stuff, but come on. It's not like 99.9% of the stuff out there can't be found with a minimum amount of effort.

He was very long, and very lost. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44207519)

It is "long lost cousin"; that comma really changes the meaning of the expression.

Re:He was very long, and very lost. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44209273)

The article writes "long-lost" so it was the submitter and/or editor who messed it up. Considering most story blurbs are copied and pasted from the article, it's amazing how often they introduce grammatical errors like this. Also, factual errors: the article says half-brother, not cousin. I don't remember the episode well enough to remember the relationship, though, so maybe that was an improvement over the article. (Unlikely.)

Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built... (5, Informative)

TWX (665546) | about 10 months ago | (#44207527)

...no it isn't... It's a BMW with some stuff added to it for effect.

Don't get me wrong, I like it, but if it were going to be a real-life version of that car it'd probably have to be based on an actual finned car from the day, like an Imperial or Cadillac or Lincoln.

I've mused about cloning the ambulance from Cannonball Run, taking a hospital gurney and bolting it down half-hanging-out the open back doors. I've also contemplated entering a Chrysler Town and Country minivan with the fake wood panelling, and naming the car "I've got a Woody" so that the announcer could have a little bit of fun with it.

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44207561)

...no it isn't... It's a BMW with some stuff added to it for effect.

As long as it has rack-and-peanut steering, it's close enough!

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (2)

triffid_98 (899609) | about 10 months ago | (#44207659)

Pretty much. I would have loved to see a proper attempt at this vs cheesy bling + yet another BMW in lemons.

I see no restraints or muzzles in the child compartment, nor is it large enough to hold two screaming brats...er...loving children. Plus the rear end isn't even close.

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (4, Insightful)

ModernGeek (601932) | about 10 months ago | (#44208625)

I agree, the toy car looks like a better version of "The Homer" than the full-sized vehicle. Wasn't the homer supposed to be an $80,000+ vehicle? What's this doing in tech., anyways? I thought we quit putting things like case-mods in idle since about five years ago. This is hardly news, the build is crap, and it has less space than a nomad. lame.

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44213601)

You may not think this is news, but it is in today's Sunday New York Times, NPR did a story, and it has nearly 500K youtube hits.

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44208919)

That was my thought as well. I mean it kind of vaguely looks like The Homer, but they did a real half-assed job on it.

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44209513)

The would have to have done fabrication of body parts and probably a complete frame off build to complete the homer. I guess they wanted it to be a race car too.

Re: Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Buil (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44210701)

It's a race car (for 24 Hours of LeMons) with a theme, not a replica

Re: Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Buil (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44211665)

24 Hours of Lemons? What's that? Is it related to 24 Hours of Le Mans?

Re: Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Buil (3, Informative)

petermgreen (876956) | about 9 months ago | (#44212667)

is it related to 24 Hours of Le Mans?

They are both endurance races.
The name 24 hours of lemons is clearly a play on the name 24 hours of le-mans (which is prounounced le mons).

Other than that there is no relation between them. They are basically opposite ends of the endurance racing scale. The 24 hours of Le Mons is a race where you get the top endurance cars on which big teams have spent lots of money compete with each other. The 24 hours of Lemons is a race where people with a bit of cash and some time to spare can have some fun and maybe even win.

Re: Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Buil (1)

almitydave (2452422) | about 9 months ago | (#44217987)

Yes - the whole point of the 24 Hours of LeMons (I'm a participant in this series) is that it's cheap cars: purchase price + repairs must be less than $500 (safety equipment is exempt). The organizers deliberately tried to keep out overly-serious, throw-the-checkbook-at-it types, to make it accessible to the average guy. Teams typically go with a "theme" to keep the sport fun (keeps out the super-serious types), and the result is a lot of creativity and humor along with real endurance racing.

The organizers really like to see unusual, oddball cars that have no business on a racetrack, and BMW E30 cars are very common, cheap, reliable, high-performing cars; this gives them a somewhat negative reputation. So the organizers encourage teams that want to run cars like this to be creative in putting together their theme, and this team is one of those. They started with an E30, and decided to make it look like The Homer. Previously, this same car was a 1958 Plymouth Fury ("Christine").

In the crapcan endurance racing world, this car is an amazing achievement. In the professional replica car building world, not so much. Other notable LeMons cars recently have been a Cessna fuselage on a Toyota van chassis; a self-driving popup camper; a Toyota MR2 with a radial aircraft engine; the front of a Toyota Corolla welded to the back of an MR2 for a two-engine, four-wheel drive car; a Geo Metro with a mid-mounted Taurus SHO engine done up as a replica of Nobuhiro Tajima's Pikes Peak SX4; a replica of the stair car from Arrested Development; and many, many other creative builds (including Star Wars and Star Trek themes). All of which are built to survive 14+ hours of racing (most races are during the day on Saturday & Sunday, some are 24-hours straight).

I'm happy to see my sport of choice make it onto Slashdot - there are a lot of nerds in LeMons. Heck, half my team are software developers.

Re: Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Buil (1)

lorinc (2470890) | about 9 months ago | (#44268209)

le-mans (which is prounounced le mons).

Not really in France. "Le Mans" is pronounced without the final 's' (this is a french classic), with the sound [] [wikipedia.org], like in the end of croissant (again, no final 't'), which doesn't exist in many languages.

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44211325)

So you've mused and contemplated, but what have YOU DONE?? This is the third LeMons life for this car, which has been in ten races. A bunch of creative guys in a townhouse garage, with the wrong tools and limited funds have done more than muse or contemplate, buddy.
 

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (1)

TWX (665546) | about 9 months ago | (#44212645)

Okay, I'll play... I've been restoring a '78 Chrysler Cordoba and an '82 Dodge D350 crew cab shortbed. For the Cordoba I've built a 408 stroker from a 360 small block, gone through several 904 transmissions before giving up and going to the 727 transmission, and am mid-process going through the body and interior. For the crew cab, I've begun collecting parts and have been gathering information for a Cummins swap in place of the current 318.

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44213593)

Okay. Fair enough. Maybe you'd be impressed with the fact that after racing for 8 hours straight in 107+ heat, the team had to replace the transmission in time for the next day's racing to begin. These are not mechanics. Just some guys having fun. Let us know when you get almost 500k youtube hits in a week, or your handiwork is featured in the Sunday New York Times, Car and Driver, etc., etc., etc., .

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (1)

Cramer (69040) | about 9 months ago | (#44218561)

Have you ever been to a lemons race? This is a long standing standard Saturday night. If you cannot replace a transmission in the rain and mud, by flashlight, then Lemons isn't a place for you. (and most of the time the team's half drunk while doing it.) Formula Un it isn't, but knowing nothing about the car you're racing is not going to turn out well for you.

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (1)

TWX (665546) | about 9 months ago | (#44220225)

Heh. "Formula-Un" might be a good name for a competing circuit actually...

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (1)

TWX (665546) | about 9 months ago | (#44220207)

I'm to the point with an automatic for a Chrysler small block that I can usually grab every tool needed for pulling a 904 or 727 out in a single pass. Battery cable, exhaust X-pipe, differential yoke, cooling lines, starter, torque converter inspection plate, torque converter-to-flexplate, linkages, rear crossmember, bell housing, etc. I've had the transmission out and swapped in again in a couple of hours.

I'm not a mechanic either. I'm a computer guy, who got into cars because I screwed up my computers hobby by making it my profession. And I'm in Phoenix. I went junkyarding yesterday because I found out about another Cordoba in a yard and they're rare enough that I didn't feel I could wait to go strip it.

I've really strongly considered running a LeMons car, but I don't like the popular-vote-crush rule. I don't mind the K-lined-after-rollover rule or the dollar figure cap, but I'm not going to risk the time, effort, and money in getting to run in the race only to have the car crushed halfway through.

Re:Real Version of Homer Simpson's Dream Car Built (1)

dywolf (2673597) | about 9 months ago | (#44214937)

part of the point though is taking cheap beater cars and costuming them.
who would take a 50/60's classic, assuming you could find one, and turn it into that monstrosity?
literally be flushing money down teh drain.

Welcome to....... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44207533)

2 week old news

And they called it Windows 8! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44207583)

ba-dum crash

figures (3, Interesting)

k31bang (672440) | about 10 months ago | (#44207675)

I took one look at it and thought "that would be a good build for 24 hours of lemons". Then i noticed thats exactly what it is for. I love that race series.

Here is another great build: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSC9MpCNSAE&feature=youtu.be [youtube.com]

That is, indeed, the true dream car (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about 10 months ago | (#44207975)

"Powerful like a gorilla, yet tough in yielding". Gotta love that. $ 82000 is a bargain for such a common man's dream ;-)

Not very excited (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44208151)

To be honest, Scrapheap Challenge / Junkyard Wars teams would have put out something better in half the time.

And it wouldn't work well and hilariously breakdown, but still better looking.

Eventually? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44208769)

Homer's car IMMEDIATELY ruins the company once it is unveiled...

Far from it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44210585)

It's not even close

Maybe visually. (1)

anethema (99553) | about 10 months ago | (#44210683)

One of the main ideas of the car is the kids have their own back seat compartment and the parents don't have to listen to them. This one has a normal back seat and just a tiny bubble thing in the back that no one could fit in.

Most of the stuff is just tacked on visually but it still looks pretty funny.

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