After watching the California Mile, a 500-mile race composed of million-dollar classic cars, enthusiast and author Jay Lamm had an inspiration: Why not do the same thing, but with ghastly crap heaps instead? Thus, the wonderfully irreverent 24 Hours of LeMons (get it?) was born.
If you want in, the ground rules require enlisting four to six pals with driver’s licenses; a car that’s been bought and has the engine and transmission track-ready, all for under $500; and an online application. With events countrywide from Buttonwillow, CA (June 20–21), to Thompson, CT (Aug. 8–9), there’s one near you.
But remember, you need to be accepted. The key to making the cut, according to one race official: “Tell us why you guys would be cooler than all those other lame-o’s who applied for the same race.” So pool your money and hope for the best. And keep in mind LeMons rule No. 1.6: “Your car may be destroyed at any time.”
Read on for the rules for racing right, from Nick Pon, associate perpetrator & grand answerer of general LeMons questions.