I’ve been drafted to drive the 24hrs of Lemons.  Not to be confused with the race in France, this one is deadly serious.

Recruited strictly as a handicap , the team I am driving with had won the event last year at Ginger Man, were ordered to bring in Andre, the blind dwarf from Minsk, talented driver (of reindeer) , or someone worse.  I was considered “worse”.

If you thought F-1 had complicated rules, just read a portion of the LeMons rules:

2.1: Vehicle Eligibility: Entry limited to mass-produced, four-wheeled vehicles legal for US highway use at the time of their manufacture. Vehicles must be acquired and prepared for a maximum of $500 as described in Section 4. Vehicles must meet all safety standards laid out in Section 3. The vehicle’s original, manufacturer-stated curb weight may not exceed 4200 pounds. Individual waivers may be granted; just don’t ask about Peterbilts, Zambonis, sidecars, or golf carts again. We already said no.

This is a fun way to road race.  Obviously cheap, and although every team wants to win, the emphasis is on having fun with your friends.

So Martin Hancock, Patrick Bowling, Tim Roberts and I are going to take a shot at a repeat.  I’m still betting I can beat Andre’s time.

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Happy motoring,


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Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to DriveWithDave.com, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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