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Just when you thought racing in a Motorsport team on an International Race track was reserved for rich Playboys, along comes 24 Hours of Lemons! Now that we’ve launched in Godzone, let’s chuck a few facts and figures your way (to avoid any Confucius):

  • WHY build a Lemons car? We run at least 3 Lemons events per year – so once you’ve spent cash on your precious Lemon, you can use it multiple times. You can even race in any other event you want to, since you will already meet most motorsport standards. The ‘spirit’ of Lemons is to build and drive a crappy but FUN car on a Pro track for the whole weekend, and see if it (and your team) can last the distance – basically it’s Motorsport WITHOUT the politics – there are no major prizes for being the fastest, loudest, most laps or expensive entries – in fact the biggest accolades go to the teams that have the most fun and dress up (themes are unlimited) – just make sure the additional fairy wings, flares, cardboard add-ons and gaffer-taped sex-dolls don’t fall off on the track!
  • HOW is the Lemons series raced? Each race is held over a weekend (or 3 days) typically with Friday as a Scrutineering/track test day, then Saturday and Sunday as Race days. Actual track time is (approximately) 4 hours on Friday and 8 hours on Sat/Sun (9am – 5pm) – so the TOTAL track time is usually 20 hours (or more if the tracks allow). Each race day starts with a rolling grid so everyone gets a fair chance to familiarize themselves with the conditions/track/other mad bastards. We also run continuous 24 hour day/night races – keep an eye on RACE DATES for more info.
  • WHO is eligible to race? Each team must consist of a car (duh!) and 5 (or more) drivers, plus any pit/support crew. This is so the team can share in track time, cost of building/running/replacing bits on the car and ensure that no team fatigues too much (safety first, you morons!). Drivers must hold a current New Zealand or Internationally recognized Driver’s License – each race will also require a “Race Licence” which can be arranged before/during each event – we’ll keep you updated.
  • WHEN do I buy/start building my Lemon? The simple answer is…….. NOW!!! Check our website and Facebook pages for the full calendar of events.
  • HOW MUCH does it cost? Like any activity, it’s going to cost money to race – BUT driving in Lemons is some of the least expensive fun you can have in Motorsport in the world! A summary of the main costs (incl. gst) are:
    • Your Lemon (car): $999 or less (hopefully)
    • Entry fee for car: $458.85
    • Entry fee (per driver): $672.75
    • Entry fee for Pit crew/spanner monkeys: $75 each
    • Additional Safety equipment (required) for your car: No limit to how much you can spend – normally around $2,000 buys everything: cage, seat, harness, fire extinguisher, kill switch – and you only need to buy this ONCE!
    • Safety gear for each DRIVER (helmet, gloves, suit etc) REQUIRED: No limit to how much you can spend!
  • WHICH cool Safety/Racing bits can I add to my Lemon? OK… So you’ve spent $999 on your heap of junk (oops, we mean “pride and joy”) – now it’s time to get it souped up… There is NO LIMIT to the amount of “Safety” equipment you can add (check the Rules & Regs for the minimum Safety requirements):
    • Roll cage
    • Brake pads, rotors, tyres (no semi-slicks) and fluids
    • Seat (must have one-piece moulded racing seat)
    • Harness (minimum 5-point driver’s harness)
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Anything “mechanical” to ensure your Lemon is safe to drive (wheel bearings, ball-joints, etc)

    As for things you “shouldn’t” spend money on:

    • Performance enhancements (for the CAR, not yourself)!
    • Expensive “go-fast” modifications (super-chargers, turbos, etc)
  • WHAT do you get for your fees? Your safety is paramount, so we make every effort to protect you and your car.
    • We provide every car with a track transponder, connected to the track’s timing loop – that way, you will get every lap time recorded and you can gloat (or be embarrassed) by how you stacked up against your team-mates. Overall track times and laps completed are updated live during the race.
    • We provide an in-car RF Radio for each team so each driver (via an in-ear receiver) can receive instructions from track officials, general abuse and the occasional crackly pirate radio station
    • We provide Clerk of Course, Marshalls, Track lights, entertainment, ambulance, recovery crews, Registration/Licensing staff, Scrutineers, officials and ‘penalty’ challenges – all you need is your sad excuse for a car and your straggly team-mates.
  • WOOHOO: The Prostate Cancer Foundation is our Charity Partner – 100% of donations (with Tax Receipts issued on the spot) and a portion of proceeds go to this treasured cause.

A FEW GENERAL FAQ’S THAT HAVE COME UP:

  • Lemons cars should basically be ‘stock’ as far as suspension, brakes, exhaust and performance (it’s about ENDURANCE not speed)
  • The crazier the theme, the more fun we’ll all have
  • If you DO spend more than $999 on your car (and it’s obvious) it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t race – but be prepared to get hassled by guys in cheaper cars, and the judges/scrutineers will probably mess with you all weekend, giving out crazy penalties and punishments which can cost you track time
  • If you take racing seriously…. Maybe you should grow a moustache and enter F1… or the WRC
  • Lemons racing is STRICTLY non-contact – any dirt-bags that want to play rough will get their ears pulled and forced to watch Ellen re-runs with their eyelids taped open!
  • Fundraising is encouraged – lots of teams put together BBQ’s or Fundraisers to assist team costs (contact us for suggestions or assistance)
  • There will be spectators on race days too – bring as many of your own hecklers as you like – FREE entry for cheerleaders and mascots!
  • There will be food/drink stalls at the track – but you’re welcome to bring your own picnic, BBQ or Vegan alternative
  • Bribes (and butt-kissing) will go a long way to adding valuable ‘laps’ and track time to your team (all cash bribes go to Charity)
  • Lemons will constantly update all teams with details via Mail-chimp (email) and our Facebook Page – HAPPY BUILDING!