Lemons FAQ

Just when you thought racing in a Motorsport team on an International Race track was reserved for rich Playboys, along comes NaZCAR LEMONS! Here's a few facts and figures to avoid any Confucius:

  • WHY build a LEMONS car?
    • We run many different LEMONS events per year throughout NZ - so once you've spent cash on your precious LEMON, you can use it multiple times. You can even race in other series if you want to, since you may already meet most motorsport standards. The 'spirit' of LEMONS is to build and drive a crappy but FUN car on a professional track for hours on end - sometimes 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, cutting the most laps or bringing 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 endurance event is usually held during a weekend, and typically starts with Scrutineering/track test, then racing commences. Actual track time varies depending on the format; from 6 to 8 hour mini-endurance (one day events), 12 - 16 hour medium endurance (2-day events) up to 24 hours (multi-day events). Each event (remember it's NOT a race) usually starts with a rolling grid, so everyone gets a fair chance to familiarize themselves with the conditions/track/other mad bastards. We have also run continuous 24 hour day/night races - keep an eye on our website + Facebook page for more information.

  • WHO is eligible to race?
    • Each team must consist of a car (duh!) and 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 be aged 12+ years (special conditions apply for 12-16 year olds), hold a current New Zealand or Internationally recognized Driver's License. Each event 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 page for the calendar of upcoming 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, subject to change) are:

      • Your LEMON (car): usually between $1,000 to $5,000 (plus cage, seat, harness, safety equipment). "LIMES" usually cost a bit more!
      • Entry fee for your CAR: from $599 for 12 and 24 hour events
      • Entry fee (PER DRIVER): from $550 for 12 hour, from $599 for 24 hour events
      • Entry fee for Pit crew/spanner monkeys (each): from $75 for 12 hour, from $99 for 24 hour
      • 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, HANS device (FHR), gloves, suit, etc) REQUIRED: No limit to how much you can spend!
      • Each track charges different amounts for the Pit Garages, so we'll update you with these fees. We allocate you a garage, and you pay us - then we pay the track.
      • Some teams have their own transponder (fancy little timing box connected to the track's timing loop) but if you don't have one, we will provide each team with one - 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 event. About $50 per day hire for transponders.
  • WHICH cool Safety/Racing bits can I add to my LEMON?
    • OK... So you've spent a few grand 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 (mandatory).
      • Brake pads, rotors, tyres (must be Dot-rated, ROAD LEGAL, no racing semis/slicks) and fluids.
      • Seat (must be a one-piece molded racing seat) & Harness (minimum 5-point driver's harness) mandatory.
      • FHR (Forward head and neck restraint) - also known as a HANS device (mandatory).
      • Fire extinguisher & kill-switch (this isolates the battery/alternator from the car) are mandatory.
      • 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 an in-car RaceCeiver (a small yellow RF Radio unit) for each team so each driver can receive instructions from track officials, general abuse and the occasional crackly pirate radio station.
      • We provide hireage of the track facilities, Clerk of Course, Officials, Marshalls, Track lights/Flags, Timing system, entertainment, hideous trophies, ambulance, recovery crews, and a team of straggly NaZCAR Officials to ensure you and your questionable team-mates have an epic weekend!
  • WOOHOO We have created the LEMONS & LIMES FOUNDATION which promotes Motoring Safety and initiatives for all ages
    • 100% of donations and a portion of proceeds go to this treasured cause.

  • A Few General FAQ's
      • 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 'too much' on your car (and it's obvious) our scrutineers and 'judges' may penalise you team by deducting some laps or giving you silly penalties! Of course, they CAN be bribed... :-)
      • If you're wanting to go FASTER than the LEMONS class ('fastest' lap time allowed is 1:25 around National Circuit @ Hampton Downs), check out our NaZCAR LIMES class.
      • If you want to take racing SERIOUSLY, and maybe become a National Endurance Champion, check out our NaZCAR PRO series - a Sanctioned National Endurance Championship designed specifically for YOU!
      • LEMONS racing is STRICTLY non-contact - any dirt-bags that want to play rough will get their ears pulled and forced to watch re-runs of Biden unintelligible speeches 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 everyone, especially cheerleaders and mascots!
      • There will be food/drink stalls at the track - but you're welcome to bring your own picnic, BBQ or Tofu 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).
      • NaZCAR will constantly update all teams with details via Mail-chimp (email) and our Website & Facebook Page - HAPPY BUILDING!

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