What is 24 Hours of Lemons?
An endurance roadracing series for cars that cost $500 or less.
What’s a $500 car?
It’s a car bought and track-prepped for $500 or less (not including safety equipment, brakes, and wheels/tires).
Do $500 cars really exist?
Absolutely. See a $1000 car on Craigslist? Bring $400 cash and a 12er of Old Milwaukee. Nine times out of ten, you’ll be driving it home.
What cars are eligible?
Pretty much any four-wheeled machine that was street-legal when made and passes our safety inspection today. Smog, insurance, or title aren’t required.
What if I spent more than $500?
If our judges decide you spent over the $500 limit, they can assign negative laps to your standings. Your cheaty-ass Spec Miata will still start the race when the green drops–it just may be working Lap -629.
What kind of special equipment is needed?
Cars need a legal 6-point or better cage, a race seat, race belts, an extinguisher or onboard suppression system (suppression systems are mandatory starting in 2019), a kill switch, and either a 100% stock fuel system or pro-quality fuel cell. Drivers need a legal helmet, head-and-neck restraint, and fire-resistant suit/gloves/shoes. See the Rules to get the particulars.
Can I modify the car?
Unless it puts you afoul of a safety rule, any mod is allowed. Just remember, it’ll count toward the build total, so be ready to talk price with the judges.
Where can I get answers and help?
Do I need prior training or experience?
Nope — just a valid street driver’s license.
Is everyone part of a team?
Can I just come and watch?
What am I getting myself into?
What is this?
It’s our original logo. We’ve come a long way, baby.