24 Hour Lemons Race Rules

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1.0 WARNING: The races are extremely tiring, both physically and mentally. The longer you stay in the car, the more intense this taxation can be. When you drive a race car, you are exposed to extreme temperatures (high and low). dense smoke and vapours; intense shock and vibration; noises that are too loud; and a variety of other unusual, exhausting, confusing and stressful conditions. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU ARE IN EXCELLENT HEALTH, TELL YOUR DOCTOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING; HAVE A COMPLETE PHYSICAL EXAM BEFORE STARTING THE RACE. AND SET UP A REGULAR SCHEDULE FOR RETESTS! 3.6.1.3 Seats without backrest struts. If no backrest is used, a strong and wide element of the seat, such as a shoulder harness bar, must be within six inches of the backrest to prevent the seat from falling backwards. 3.12.12 Loading plan. All teams must submit a loading plan and obtain approval from Lemons before they can participate in a race.

Detroit Bull Oil Grand Prixfamous racing store known for some big-price projectsLeMons turbo winner of the Toyota Supralaying race around the shop If you have never seen the 24 Hours of Lemons, you have lived a boring and overprotected life. Honestly, this is perhaps the funniest and most entertaining racing series out there. As the name suggests, it`s a good-natured mockery of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. People get into $500 cars to fight in an endurance race, which makes no sense. So many teams don`t finish because of catastrophic mechanical failures, which is really not surprising and only half the fun. And so the Aurora goes back to racing. A frontal realignment triggers part of the toe, and we walk for a few hours until a broken attachment rod throws Robinson into the tire wall. In the Robinson boxes, our “Mr. Goodwrench” Dave Ferguson and the Angel Arc “fix” the tie rods. An hour later, the pull rod tears again. No one is ready to cry uncles, so we let the Arc Angel weld every piece of scrap we can find to keep the damn thing together. 3.12.1 Speak in advance at Lemons HQ.

For your electric car to qualify, you must consult With Lemons HQ before you begin manufacturing or submit a race entry. 3.12.6 Weight Limit. The maximum weight shall not exceed 125 % of the original GVWR of the vehicle. The first few hours pass without incident. After a lap behind the wheel, I write the following forward-thinking note: “I love the lightweight power steering. A few minutes later, while listening to Michael Bolton on his iPod, online copywriting assistant Jared Gall attempted an aggressive pass, perhaps with a tear in his eye, and let the car crush a tractor tire on the side of the track. As soon as the aurora enters the atmosphere, we discover that the power steering has disappeared and that we miss it. 5.1.4 A participant must have at least three (3) runners for full races of 24 hours or more. Despite the name of the series, most of the events are a total of 12-16 hours of racing, divided into two days. Running sessions usually take place in the morning until the beginning of the evening on both days, with the exception of the occasional 24-hour competition, which takes place on Saturday at noon, directly into the night until noon on Sunday. 4.4 Factor BS: To prevent fraud, all cars are inspected by a panel designated by the organizers.

At this stage, all teams have the opportunity to describe the purchase and preparation of the car. If the panel finds that the limit set out in Rule 4.1 has been exceeded, it assigns a factor (BSF) equal to one BSF per $10 above the limit. The entrance is moored one lap for each assigned BSF. (Ten dollars = one BSF = one turn.) Participants are very, very, very strongly encouraged to bring photos before the race preparation, verifiable receipts, notarized certificates, as well as any other evidence in support of the technical/OS inspection. Or at least invent plausible stories in advance. Lemons has an entrance fee for your team that you have to split. $600 for one car, $195 for each driver and an additional $60 for a Lemons license – valid for one year. Camping and transponder rental cost $50 each. Car and transponder fees can be spread across large teams to save money, at the expense of paying for more driver or crew registrations. The approximate cost of all of the above was $550 per team member for us, regardless of the bribes to the judges, which are more important when you show up with such a mundane race car as a Miata or BMW.

Expect to be over $600 in total. Of course, the P&M guys claimed that a customer gave them the engine, so it should be classified as a zero-dollar coin for the purposes of the LeMons budget (this led to what we call “The Pratt & Miller Rule,” which states that any part you get for free or at a low price because you own a business/own a tow yard/own a car dealership/be president of the car club, or whatever should be valued at a “real” price for the LeMons budget). Of course, we gave a few penalty laps to their Supra, and Chief Perp Lamm was so irritated by those LeMns racing snipers trying to pull a quick one at us that he claimed the Camaro`s engine. The idea was that I would get out of Denver with a pickup truck, tow it and drop it off in an embellished Chevrolet Kingswood Estate car. This never happened, and so Pratt & Miller! At this point, after 106 LeMons races, the series record rests on a car “claimed” (but actually donated by the team) and a claimed (but never collected) engine. Like the Gallic race that we try to make fun of, the 24 Hours of LeMons is an endurance race for cars. Unlike the other race, this one is for cars that cost $500 or less, the idea being that if a car drops to $500, it`s a lemon. (We`d say drummer, but 24 Hours of Beaters seems to be able to attract onanicians, and we already have enough in this office.) A total of 33 teams will be present at the drivers` meeting at noon. Four hours before departure, participants must pass a serious technical inspection, a much less serious evaluation process, the “Old Lady Mannequin Slalom” and the “Baby Carriage Brake Test”.

Uh-oh. The race was just over a week off, and after enduring a daunting battery of Cognacs and Fois Gras terrines in Northwest Business Class when I returned from Paris, I wasn`t in the mood to drag the Aurora across the country. Enter FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport, a branch of the large delivery company that ships cars from coast to coast. Since the fabulously expensive cars competing at the Pebble Beach Concours d`Elegance were shipped by FedEx, we felt comfortable handing over the keys to our Aurora. In addition, in exchange for this bad catch, they ate the bill. After the car dripped oil in FedEx`s spotless van for five days, the car arrived with two days remaining. The grand prize (and considered by some to be the “real” winner) is the “Index of Effluency” award given to a car that is considered unlikely to finish the race, let alone finish with a respectable number of laps. The team that wins the Effluence Index will receive a trophy, a cash prize and free entry to a future race. The name of the race alludes to the relatively low value of the participants` cars, as these vehicles could be considered “lemons”. The event organizers have established a comprehensive set of safety rules, generally comparable to other road racing sanction agencies, including the Sports Car Club of America and the National Auto Sport Association. Additions to the rules (both serious and humorous, as well as rules to prevent fraud) include: Aside from a brake fluid leak, the final hours of the race are impeccable. Staying on the track is a good thing, we say, because a tractor tire finishes the Hyundai Accent of “Team Terminator” in 1996.

The C/D team spends the first few hours playing musical pilots, giving everyone the chance to feel nauseous before dinner. We flirt with fourth place, but then the engine temperature rises to 250 degrees and we withdraw from the rhythm. Under Robinson`s ruthless foot, the powerful V-8 begins to run out. We find that as a V-7, it consumes much less power. At 4 o`clock, a voice on the sound system informs us that the race begins. As there is no qualifying lap, the starting position is “first come, first served” – just like at Le Mans, where drivers used to race to their cars and leave. The first C/D driver, Aaron Robinson, walks to the Aurora and leaves nonchalantly. Then there`s the second reason: participants can actually drive a car worth more than $500. If officials think this is the case, the team will receive a negative lap in the race for every $10 that estimates the value of the vehicle exceeds that limit. As a result, some teams only try to finish with a positive number of laps after 24 hours. However, in LeMons races, only Chief Perp has the right to claim a car for $500, and he will only do so in case of outrageous fraud and nose rubbing and/or super blatant racing idiocy of galactic proportions. Although, if we are honest, the first and only LeMons car claimed and taken away by Chief Perp did not fall into any of these categories.

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