Probably the most popular adventurous car race today is 24 Hours of LeMons with its daring rules and the overall concept. The first race of this kind was held in 2006, and was initially mainly popular in United States, but, as of 2016, due to growing popularity abroad, you can take part in an event like this in New Zealand.
So, what’s the secret? The title is a parody of the long running annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, but, in this case, run with lemon cars. The former, 24 Hours of Le Mans, is the world’s oldest active sport endurance race being held yearly since 1923 in Le Mans, in France. The latter, 24 Hours of Lemons, does not refer to citrus fruit, but, rather, the word, in US parlance, is used to describe a car with serious defects that impact the car’s safety, reliability, and value.
In the event we are talking about, teams of 4 or more drivers compete for up to 24 hours in race-prepared cars that cost no more than US$500 (for cars in the USA series). By the definition on the official website “It’s a car bought and track-prepped for $500 or less (not including safety equipment, brakes, and wheels/tires)”.
It is important to know that you don’t need to have any previous experience in car racing and all you need is valid driver’s license. The one thing that is important is that they accept only teams, so the future participant should have at least one friend ready to join the adventure.
With the number of events being held across the United States and New Zealand, we are quite sure you will find a location and dates that work for you. Please check the official website for any updates.