Things that rule #2: 24 Hours of Lemons
Then 24 Hours of Lemons might be the answer. Lemons is more than a race. These events run next to the major fancy concourses like Pebble Beach and Amelia Island.
Think Pintos and Pacers, not Delahayes and Duesenbergs. The schedule includes stops in nearly every region of the US. The size and scope are impressive. More than 7, drivers participate per year. The total number of Lemons alum is approaching six figures. Lamm explained that a lot of the cars and safety equipment come from eBay Motors. Finding obscure parts on a tight budget and timeframe is a huge part of the battle. If you need a head gasket for a Chevy Celebrity, where are you gonna get it?
Why is Sonoma Unique? The next race in the Lemons schedule is coming up on April 3 and 4 at the Sears Point Sonoma raceway. Late registration and substitutions are curtailed, as well.
Only pre-registered team members can attend. Common sense Covid rules apply, including masks and social distancing. Lemons uses the entire course at Sonoma Raceway. The layout includes the 9a Bus Stop and a short 11a hairpin. The series first took place at the track in , when it was known as Infineon Raceway. Teams can easily spend ten times more money on safety equipment than they do on the car. A Snell SA racing helmet is the minimum requirement.
All vehicles must be properly caged. Lemons takes great care in selecting racetracks. A big modern road course is the most controllable venue for racing.
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24 Hours of LeMons
Drawing from the experiences of 4 x time participants and 2 x time winners Want budget racing at its best? Celebrating the win at Morgan Park in Now endurance racing is tough — If regular motorsport has highs and lows, endurance motorsport has summits and crevasses.
It is the ultimate test of man and machine, pushing both beyond physical limits either knew they had. How hard can it be? What is the 24 Hours of Lemons?
On the grid prior to the start of the Non-stop race Ok first things first. The 24 Hours of Lemons is an American-born concept that made its way to Australian shores in Its designed purely as a budget-motorsport endurance style event.
The concept is pretty simple: 1. Rally together a crew of Drivers 4 or more 2. Install the safety necessities 4. Drive it until you finish the race or it breaks and if breaks then fix it and keep going Its obviously a little more complex than that, let us explain… 1.
Rally together a bunch of motorsport-orientated colleagues. Its imperative to have Drivers who understand that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and will drive accordingly. At least one of you must be mechanically-orientated, and be able to quickly diagnose and solve issues with your car.
The OG crew from A new engine was required after 2 hours of running see bottom right for offending engine 2. Treat this as a loose guideline. More than 6 cylinders? Forced induction? We advise against them both, as with your increase in speed will come an increase in refuelling stops and a decrease in reliability. This includes your roll cage, seat, harness, fire extinguisher, battery isolator, brakes and suspension components.
Be sure to have properly read the rules and regulations before building your car! Ensure your cage is good quality, ensure your battery isolator does what its supposed to completely kills the engine whilst revving at 3, rpm and ensure your racing seat and harness and safely installed and secure. All the gear, no idea… You will need to invest or borrow in personal racing gear.
If you are a first-timer, and have absolutely no gear, satisfying the above may be an expensive exercise. Do the events actually go for 24 Hours?
The entry fees and running costs are less, and the day-time only structure means a good nights sleep is had by all. It also means you have time off the clock to repair and refresh the car on the Saturday night. The proper 24 hour non-stopper — this one separates the men from the boys.
This is a bonafide 24 hour race that runs through the dead of night. A much greater challenge of both man and machine, however a challenge we truly relish. After doing two 3 day events, we had a crack at the non-stop event, in which we came out victorious. After experiencing the tranquility of racing through the night, it was difficult to even consider doing another 3 day event.
Prices & Rules
Always check the individual event page to confirm that spectators can access that event. The longer you remain in the car, the more intense this taxation may be. Get your own race. Forget it. You get zip. Tough nuts. T-boned on Lap One?
Listen to the crickets. Abducted by space aliens?
Beaters Rule! The 24 Hours of LeMons
Boo-hoo, L. Jay ran you over in his RV? Accidents and other unfortunate boo-boos happen. No firearms or fireworks may be used on track property.
Appropriate lights are required on ALL moving vehicles after dark. Other series will put up with you. We already said no. Lemons Competition Memberships are good for one year from the date of purchase. No other competition licenses are recognized or reciprocated.
Whiners are not eligible to compete. If you believe that you might be a whiner, please check with a domestic partner, guardian, or healthcare professional before getting the rest of your team kicked the hell out of the race.
Vehicles that do not meet these standards are ineligible to race in Lemons. All drivers are required to attend the drivers meeting before the first and sometimes second race day. All newbies are required to attend the rookie meeting no later than the night before the first race day of their first race.
Rookie meeting may or may not be held virtually; follow the instructions on the event page. For most veteran racers, it would be a good idea for you to attend, too. FIA certification is also acceptable. No open-face or hybrid helmets allowed. Complete, closable, working visors must be intact and in place.
Type M in other words, any motorcycle helmets and other non-SA helmets are not allowed.
A Rookie's Guide to Entering the 24 Hours of Lemons
All drivers must wear SFI Multiple drivers can share a single unit, but fit, adjustment, mounting, and connections must be correct for all drivers. The schedule for bodies and tethers is typically but not always once every five years. Full SFI 3. If using a single-layer SFI 3. Multilayer suits rated SFI 3. Shirts and other undergarments made of synthetic material including nylon, orlon, Spandex, etc.
If your safety gear has holes in it, fire and heat can get in. Buy your cheap ass some new stuff. Arm restraints are required when driving an open T-Top or convertible. The fueling location is covered for each track at the Drivers Meeting. Participants are responsible for knowing all fueling rules and accepted locations. Fuel jugs must be leak-free at all times. No beer kegs, plastic trash cans, shopping bags, used Faygo 2-liters, or other homemade contraptions allowed.
During fueling, the kill switch must be off; no one can be in the car; no one can be entering or exiting the car; and NO other work may be done. At least two crew members must participate in fueling, all wearing the same safety gear as a driver. Visors must be down. At least one team member must have a fire extinguisher in hand, ready to shoot, aimed at the fueler s.
All fueling must be done over a sturdy, fuel-compatible drip pan provided by the team. Everyone entering the hot pits must be wearing the same safety gear as the driver. Other than adding ice to a driver-cooling system and cleaning the windshield, no other work may be performed in the hot pits no fluid or tire checks, no screwing with the camera, etc.
Fueling locations vary by track and are covered at the Drivers Meeting. No one may be in the car, and the kill switch must be off. At least one team member must have a fire extinguisher in hand, ready to shoot, aimed at the fueler or fuelers. Fuel spills should be quickly diluted with water or Cold Fire.
Officials are happy to give you free clean-up supplies—come find one ASAP. Please prevent and contain fluid spills. Most tracks have environmentally safe disposal stations onsite—ask Lemons HQ or any track official for locations. Keep your fuel in a secure, shady place outside the garage, and always refuel your hooptie in the open air. The minimum acceptable wheelbase is 82 inches as delivered by the factory.
These plans inevitably require extensive, high-quality engineering; lots of new material; and huge amounts of high-quality fabrication. Cars with compromised OE crush structures are exceedingly likely to fail tech. Or Lambo doors, or anything else that will trap you inside when you roll. Professional-quality full roll cage required.
Cages originally created as bolt-ins are not allowed. Each major load-bearing member must be formed from a single, continuous tube. Dash bars are very strongly encouraged. Minimum tubing size for cars weighing under pounds as raced is 1. Cars weighing over pounds as raced must use a minimum tubing size of 1.
Properly bent, racecar-grade and -quality tubing is mandatory: no stretched or crushed bends allowed. All spreader plates must be mild steel, at least 24 square inches, and at least. All roll cage tubing located wherever a driver may likely contact the tube in a crash—head, knees, elbows, etc.
All attachment points on the vehicle must be selected and reinforced as necessary so that, in an accident, the cage will not punch through, tear, or grossly distort the attachment point.
Cages mounted to rusty, thin, under-supported, or otherwise stupid attachment points will flunk tech immediately. No backstay, spreader plate, tube, or other roll cage element can extend past the rear edge of the back tire or centerline of the front axle. In exceptionally rare cases, very tiny cars may require a different solution—contact Lemons HQ well in advance.
Separate structures to protect fuel tanks, etc. Main hoop must have no forward angle and between zero and ten degrees maximum rearward angle. Whether the door bars are parallel or X-shaped, the top edge of the highest bar and bottom edge of the lowest bar must be at least 7.
S-bends in door wpf file picker are strongly discouraged; please contact Lemons HQ if you think you cannot install door bars without S-bends. One-piece, purpose-built racing seats with properly located, factory-provided shoulder-harness holes are mandatory. Molded plastic seats of ABS or similar material are not allowed. All seats must be very securely mounted to the floor or cage to avoid separation during a crash.
All seatbacks must be restrained against rearward failure. Permanently attached seatback braces are very strongly recommended but must always be appropriate to the seat type. If a seatback brace is not used, a strong, seat-width element such as a shoulder-harness bar must be located within six inches of the seatback to prevent the seat from failing rearward. All seats, including seats on adjustable tracks, must show minimal looseness and no back-and-forth free play.
All seats must be strong enough to withstand major impacts from any angle. The headrest area must be strong enough not to bend in a heavy rear impact. Harnesses with expiration dates are not valid after the expiration date. Harnesses with a manufacture date but no expiration date are acceptable for two years after manufacture.
Shoulder harnesses must be two totally separate belts with separate mounting points i. When viewed from above, shoulder harnesses should be closer at their mounting points than at their seat-entry points. All lap belts must be standard 2-inch or 3-inch width. All sliders should be snugged up to their mounting plates or harness bars as much as possible. Belts should be neatly and evenly folded when passing through narrower hardware, such as 3-inch belts passing through 2-inch mounting plates.
On snap-end-type belt mounts, restrain the snap arm with a cotter pin or safety wire through the hole in the arm. A fully charged, securely mounted SFI Minimum acceptable is a 4-liter or 2. All fire-suppression systems and components must be installed to homologation documentation and manufacturer instructions.
Per SFI and FiA mandate, all systems must be serviced every two years by the manufacturer or its authorized service agent and must carry an active service or maintenance label showing the last-service date and service-due date. At least one activation mechanism must be within easy reach of the belted-in driver; an additional mechanism accessible from outside the car is strongly recommended.
Before entering the track, the system must be fully ready to activate: Any mechanical safety pins must be removed; electrical control boxes must be powered on; and any other impediment to activation must be eliminated.
Teams are solely responsible for ensuring the proper installation, inspection, maintenance, and operation of all fire-suppression systems. Window nets are not mandatory. While a window net can provide hand and arm protection in a rollover, it can also contribute to injury or death in a fire.
If you decide to use one, it is critical that all of your drivers are well practiced at removing the net. It is also critical that they are well practiced at releasing belts, cooling tubes, radio wires, and any other attachments quickly. All drivers must be able to exit the car rapidly under potentially life-threatening conditions. Sharp edges in any location—but especially in and around the cockpit—must be rolled, removed, or securely covered.
Any fuel, oil, or coolant reservoirs or lines that are exposed to or pass through the driving compartment must be encased by heavy-duty conduit, durable steel or aluminum pipe, or strong metal plate. OE metal lines in good condition in their original location are exempt from this rule, but encasement is still recommended. All airbags must be disarmed and removed, and all airbag housings must be open for inspection at tech.
Remember, airbag removal can be really dangerous—please try not to blow your damn fool head off. Let him blow HIS damn fool head off. Anything loose in the cockpit can be a deadly missile in a crash; remove or secure any loose items. Loose wiring can cause fires and interfere with the driver; remove or secure all unnecessary wiring, hoses, and cables. Carpets, insulation, and plastics will burn quickly and release poisonous fumes; strip as much of these out of the cockpit as practical.
Large items like cool-suit chests must be extremely well secured by purpose-built metal retainers or at least two very well secured, heavy-duty, fully ratcheting tie-down straps. All cars must have a racing-type master electrical kill switch easily turned both off and on by the belted-in driver.
The control for this switch should be red; the OFF position should be clearly indicated; the switch should be easily accessible from outside the car; and the switch should be clearly marked by a three-inch or larger lightning-bolt symbol.
All electricity, including the battery, charging, and ignition circuits, must be interrupted by the kill switch. All exposed posts and connections must be insulated with electrical tape, rubber caps, or other non-conductive material. All batteries must be fully secured via proper, purpose-built battery brackets, battery frames, or factory body mounts. Yep — all 24 Hours of Lemons entries have at least two drivers and any number of crew members.
Car racing takes a village. Or, at least you and a buddy. How do I start a team and get signed up? The captain invites drivers and crew to join the team.
You can check out the matchmaking section on our forumsign up as a solo driver on our OkStupid matchmaking toolor check out the matchmaking Facebook group. Will my team get accepted? Oh yeah, and rookie teams get accepted automatically. We figure you newbies have plenty of other stuff to worry about. Can I just come and watch? Absolutely—buy spectator tickets right here. What the heck is the I. The I. Index of Effluency is the grand prize awarded at each 24 Hours of Lemons race.
Using a proprietary calculation of how bad a Lemons entry is versus how high it finished, race organizers bestow the award on only the most worthy teams. Winners of the I. What am I getting myself into? You have no idea. Check out our YouTubeInstagramand Facebook to observe from a relatively safe distance. What is this?