The 24 Hours of LeMons began back in 2006 and since then has spawned into one of the most popular race series in the United States. For those of us out there who like to race and or be competitive then you understand that being competitive in the arena of motor sports is not a cheap endeavor. First you need a car, then you must enter a series, then there’s money for parts like tires, brakes, suspension, fire equipment, racing gear, etc. The list goes on and on and with that, so does the amount of moola’ for which you are going to spend.
The 24 Hours of LeMons seeks to change that by offering racing on the cheap. First off you’ll need a car, but one that is not more than $500.00. Then you’ll need equipment, but, thanks to discounts on their website that can be procured at a minimal expense for racers as well and lastly, you’ll need teammates. People who are in the same (I have no money) mindset as you, with the desire to go racing and kick some automotive ass. Other than that you’re pretty good to go.
One of the best parts about the series is the amazing array of automobiles that you’ll see battling it out on racetracks all over the country. Old BMW’s, Alfa Romeo’s, Ford’s, Chevy’s, Chrysler’s. They’re all present and for the most part are being driven balls out in the quest for the win. The big question though is what is the best type of ride for the race.
Some go with the bigger is better approach, others run with the light and fast crowd, yet others still simply run whatever they can get their hands on for $500. Last year I ran in a 1963 Corvair a car that was probably the worst handling thing I’ve ever driven, but by the same token, the most reliable. The car took home top honors for uniqueness amongst its peers. This year I’ll be running in a 1979 Buick Regal, it was literally given to us for free due to the mass amount of holes that were in it. In our case, in both years we ran and are running these cars because they are what was available to us. They are cheap, expendable and capable of providing us with 24 hours of thrills when the time comes. So, at the end of the day would I love to be ripping up the track in something like an Ariel Atom… well sure, who wouldn’t, but for the 24 Hours of LeMons I’d drive a dumpster on wheels if it meant I could participate.