For the longest time, the 24 Hours of Lemons wondered why-oh-why none of the Texas teams had run a slab yet. Bring us a slab, they said. Then a team in Michigan did it first, and the buncha gottdang Californians that run the series laughed at all of us for being beaten to our state’s own thing.


But we had a good reason. The consensus among many of the Texas racers was that slab culture is one of Texas’ national treasures. It is a uniquely Gulf Coast vehicular phenomenon, and the well-done examples are rolling works of art. We didn’t want to be seen as mocking an automotive subculture we’re not a part of, either, as that is not cool.

But I can feature what goes into making a slab on Build of the Week, and it is my one, lone goal for 2019 to share the incredible work that goes into these machines with the world. I am from Texas, after all, and it would be a great disservice to my state of both birth and residence not to feature a slab.


84s! Candy paint! Sound systems! Neon! Hydraulics! Slow! Loud! And bangin’! This is all stuff that’s been a side note at most on the more performance- or restoration-oriented builds I’ve featured, and I want to see it all in great detail. (Possibly in person, because I’m right here, my dudes.)

My contact info is here. I’m in Austin. Build of the Week is back this week. Please send me good slabs.


(Other cool cars are still good to send, too.)

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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