Making Lemonade from Lemons at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Lemons take over the 1.6-mile full road course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) Oct. 28-29 for the 24 Hours of Lemons Halloween Hooptiefest, which benefits the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCCNH).
“This is certainly one of the more unique events we’re involved in each year,” said Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter Director and New Hampshire Motor Speedway Director of Marketing Danielle Cyr. “The teams go all in dressing up in themed Halloween costumes, racing silly looking cars and putting their pride aside when they’re penalized to generate laughs and help children in need throughout New England. It’s a lot of fun!”
During the two-day 14-hour endurance race consisting of cars that cost $500 or less, infractions may send teams to the penalty box for a time out. SCCNH will sell passes that require the team to perform a wacky task, such as publicly announcing their remorse for the infraction while strapped to the roof of their car with saran wrap or pulling their keys out of a jar of mayonnaise, in order to get the team out of the humiliating and time-consuming penalty box. The teams, which each consist of at least two drivers plus as many crew members as they want, are encouraged to decorate the lemons and wear costumes to the event.
This year’s event has more than 120 teams from all over the United States and Canada, including 14 teams from New Hampshire and teams from as far away as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New Brunswick, Canada. Teams will compete with vehicles of all ages including Rust in the Wind’s 1963 Ford Falcon, The Cosmonauts’ 1988 Toyota MR2 and FRS The Pumpkin’s 2013 Scion FRS.
The 24 Hours of Lemons is the world’s first endurance race series for cars that cost $500 or less. With 10,000 participants spread across dozens of races at tracks coast-to-coast, no other event creates bigger, weirder, more hilariously irrational challenged than this weekend-long blowout of bumper-to-bumper competition between cars that are due for the scrapheap.
Adult all-access tickets are available for purchase online for $30 for the weekend while kids under 16 are free. Further details can be found on the 24 Hours of Lemons website.
Keep track of all of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s events by following on Facebook (@NHMotorSpeedway), Twitter (@NHMS) and Instagram (@NHMS). Keep up with all the latest information on the speedway website (NHMS.com) and mobile app.