Sunday, January 27, 2013

(Belated) Shitbox Saturday: 24 Hours of LeMons

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An over-the-top LeMons racer. Photo (C)

What do you get when you take a track full of $500 cars with reasonable safety equipment and wacky paint schemes, a screwball driver in each car, a judging/administration team made up of some of the biggest automotive sadomasochists ever, and a LeMans-patterned endurance race on a real speedway?

You get the 24 Hours of LeMons, one of the petrolhead lifestyle’s greatest freakshows and sources of summertime enjoyment and perhaps the ultimate in four-wheeled insanity.

This is the only racing league where amateur and pro drivers duke it out on a regulation track in everything from Ford Escorts, to Mini Mokes, to Lancia Scorpions, for a dubious title and a Spam cookout in winner’s circle after the race.

Any car that the judge thinks cost more than $500 (parts and trim can be sold to get down to $500 value) gets to run one “bullshit lap” for every suspected dollar over the $500 limit, but certain judges will waive bullshit laps for certain marques or cars in certain circumstances.

The initiation rites, the rules and the whole race are as loony as can be, but there is nothing more fun to watch or to participate in.

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