But anyway, in case you're not familiar with this race, let me give you the quick recap: there's an actual "fancy" race (i.e. automobile endurance event) called the 24 Hours of Le Mans that is held every year in June at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. This year was the 84th running of the 24 hour race (organized by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest) as well as the third round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The reason I use "fancy" (and in quotation marks) this race has a lot of fast cars and money attached to it, and with higher speeds come higher stakes and rewards/prizes.
So, take that same concept but make the cars slower, the money allowed to be put into the cars lower, and then add themes, costumes, and lower stakes :) Oh, and transport it to New Jersey instead of France.
And there you have the 24 Hours of LeMons! :D
The title is a spoof of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but the race is very real. (And REAL fun to watch and be a part of!) It's a series of endurance races held on paved road race courses across the United States, Australia, and New Zealand (as of 2016). Teams compete for up to 24 hours in their own race-prepared cars that cost no more than $500 (for cars in the USA series). This means the cars themselves can be estimated at no more than $500, but more can be spent on helmets, cooling vests/gadgets, and communication equipment for the team and driver (like walkie talkies, headsets, etc.).
My friend told me a story about a guy who tried to enter a really nice Porsche into 24 Hours Of LeMons one year. You basically sign a contract saying that once you enter your car in this race, the organizers own it. So when this guy showed up with a car well over the $500 limit, they took it out into the middle of one of the fields inside the track and took machine guns and other destructive devices to it! lol (And I only laugh bc 1. that guy knew what he was doing when he signed the contract, so obviously he couldn't have been too upset about it, and 2. that sounds f***ing awesome and badass to see!)
So on Friday May 13th (EEK!) I packed up my car, picked up two friends, and set out for the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, where we would meet up with four of our friends and the rest of their racing team (as well as some other friends who were also going up there to show support, like girlfriends n such).
(Our theme: "The Fast and Furiest", complete with animal onesies and car named Fifi!)
(Every car MUST have a roll cage)
(Ooooooh but he recovered!)
(Dark days for Fifi :( )
To be continued....