Have you dreamed of racing at some of the most famous tracks in America? What about entering your car in a concours event? If you don’t have enough money or a cool enough car to do either, fear not! The schedules for the 24 Hours of Lemons, the Concours d’Lemons, and Lemons Rally have been released for the 2023 season so you can start making your plans now.
Stop dreaming about racing at places like Sonoma, Road Atlanta, or Barber Motorsports Park and make it happen in 2023 with Lemons, as the series organizers believe racing is for all idiots, not just those who can cut checks for a half-million dollars. In addition to the full racing schedule, the Lemons calendar includes events beyond the race track: Lemons Rally (long road trips in crappy cars), and Concours d’Lemons (car shows for the oddball, mundane, and truly awful).
24 Hours of Lemons
Racing in the 24 Hours of Lemons is best for those looking to have fun and get a lot of time at the track (notice I didn’t say on the track, as you can assume there will be time spent wrenching in the pits). Lemons does its best to minimize the huge financial and time commitment needed to go racing. It’s much less serious and stressful than other series, though it still provides actual, wheel-to-wheel racing. Lemons is low-budget motorsport at its best.
For the last 16 years, the 24 Hours of Lemons has put thousands of people on track in endurance racing with cars that cost $500 or less. The 21 races scheduled for 2023 are two-day events averaging 14.5 hours of racing each. You can sign up now to reserve your spot and car number without payment until the race dates draw nearer.
2023 Schedule – Races
- February 4–5: Shine Country Classic, Barber Motorsports Park (Leeds, AL)
- March 4–5: Yokohama Sears Pointless, Sonoma Raceway (Sonoma, CA)
- March 25–26: Cain’t Get Bayou, NOLA Motorsports Park (Avondale, LA)
- April 1–2: Pacific Northworst GP, The Ridge Motorsports Park (Shelton, WA)
- April 15–16: The Pitt Maneuver, Pittsburgh International Race Complex (Wampum, PA)
- April 22–23: Yokohama Block Party, Carolina Motorsports Park (Kershaw, SC)
- May 27–28: Yokohama Days of Thunderhill, Thunderhill Raceway Park (Willows, CA) – Tentative
- June 3–4: The B.F.E. GP, High Plains Raceway (Deer Trail, CO)
- June 10–11: Yokohama Real Hoopties of New Jersey, New Jersey Motorsports Park (Millville, NJ)
- June 17–18: The Rust Belt GP, GingerMan Raceway (South Haven, MI)
- August 5–6: GP du Lac Chargoggaggogg(et cetera), Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (Thompson, CT)
- August 12–13: Doing Time in Joliet, Autobahn Country Club
- September 9–10: High Plains Drifter, High Plains Raceway (Deer Trail, CO)
- September 23–24: The Colonel & The Sinkhole, NCM Motorsports Park (Bowling Green, KY)
- September 30–October 1: Yokohama Button Turrible, Buttonwillow Raceway Park (Buttonwillow, CA) – Tentative
- October 7–8: Tony Swan Never-Say-Die Memorial, GingerMan Raceway (South Haven, MI)
- October 14–15: Smells Like AMC Spirit, The Ridge Motorsports Park (Shelton, WA)
- October 21–22: Halloween Hooptiefest, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Loudon, NH) – tentative
- November 4–5: Yokohama Stuntin’ and Splodin’ Soiree, MSR Houston (Angleton, TX)
- December 2–3: Yokohama Arse-Freeze-Apalooza, Sonoma Raceway (Sonoma, CA)
- December 9–10: The Kim Harmon Scrotium 500, Road Atlanta (Braselton, GA) – tentative
Produced by Hagerty, the Concours d’Lemons is a motoring festival that features vehicles that would never find their way into a real concours event. Concours d’Lemons shows celebrate the oddball, mundane, and truly awful of the automotive world. In stark contrast to other high-end car shows, spectators and participants appreciate the relaxed atmosphere, unique cars, and the event’s humorous and often irreverent take on the car show world. Instead of celebrating the world’s most luxurious and elegant automobiles, these events recognize poor taste, crappy build quality, and sketchy corporate decision-making.
2023 Schedule – Shows
- March 4, 2023: Amelia Island, FL
- April 22, 2023: San Diego, CA
- June 3, 2023: Greenwich, CT
- August 19, 2023: Monterey, CA
- September 2023: Detroit, MI
- October 21, 2023: Chattanooga, TN
The eighth Lemons Rally season and will feature six events in 2023. A Lemons rally is basically a long-distance road trip/scavenger hunt out in public plagued by terrible, forgettable, or otherwise strange machines. The big news for 2023 is the addition of a rally to Alaska! Be warned: There is limited space in that event, but it promises to be epic.
2023 Schedule – Rallies
- January 31–February 3: Retreat From Moscow Rally (Scranton, PA to Birmingham, AL)
- March 17–19: Texas Rattletraps Tour (San Marcos, TX to San Marcos, TX)
- May 4–7: Rocky Mountain Breakdown (Casper, WY to Casper, WY)
- June 30–July 4: I-Threw-A-Rod Alaska Rally (Anchorage, AK to Anchorage, AK)
- August 18–20: Rust Belt Ramble (Detroit, MI to Cleveland, OH)
- September 22–24: Fall Fail-iage Tour (Boston, MA to Boston, MA)
Head to 24hoursoflemons.com to register for all these events now.