In Photos: 24 Hours of LeMons – Return of the LeMonites

By | July 27, 2014

2014 24 Hours of LeMons - Return of the LeMonites

2014 24 Hours of LeMons – Return of the LeMonites

The 24 Hours of LeMons, think of this as the complete opposite to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first clue. The rules. You can not spend more then $500 on your race car. Compare that to the rumored ~$500,000USD for a GT Corvette C6.R that runs in Le Mans. That’s not to say these cars are death traps. The $500 is for the car itself. You then need to make it “race worthy” and SAFE. Brakes, roll cages, racing seats, etc, etc. Oh..and you have to PROVE to the judges that you didn’t spend more then $500. Or, rumor has it, if you disagree with the judge, you can bribe them. Again, rumor has it, they like craft beer. Lots of it!

Now, onto the cars. If you can think it, make it work, it’s “safe”, you can probably run it. At this event, we had BMWs, Mustangs, a Volvo wagon, Porsches, Rovers, a Jensen Healey, Subarus, Rovers, a 1950’s Dodge truck, a car powered by a snowmobile engine, and a slew of others.

This running of LeMons had 67 entries from all over the USofA. The over all winning car, a 1989 Volvo 740 Turbo from California, completed 391 laps in the “24″ Hours. Now, this being LeMons, there are a slew of other awards to win, such as: Index of Effluency, Heroic Fix, I Got Screwed, Miracle of the Gulls Memorial Trophy and more.

Enjoy the pictures and if you ever have a chance to catch a 24 Hours of LeMons, you should be all means. You’ll be hard pressed to find such an enjoyable and approachable group of racers with the passion of the “big boys” and such unique “race” cars.

Again, thanks to man and women of Miller Motorsports Park for their help over the long weekend.

[photos | Jason Porter | Mike Gillilan]


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