LeMay Valve Cover Races

LeMay Valve Cover Races

This “just-for-fun” free event is open to all ages.

Saturday, May 30th, 2020. Race Check-In: 11:00 am. Start time: 1:00 pm

Family Fun Racing

Here’s what to do:

Find an engine valve cover.
Add wheels
Decorate your valve cover
Race it!

The Track :

Consists of two lanes – each approx—11” wide – separated by a short railing. The gravity ramp is 16′ length x approx. 20-30 degree slope, transitioning to a flat runway with a tarp at the end to catch the racers. The start gate stop sticks up from the center of each lane about 2 inches.

Practice runs for alignment/adjustments before the start of the race are encouraged.


Races will consist of sudden death heats (one run, winner advances) with a two out of three heat final. Heats are determined by hat drawing. The first name drawn takes left lane, second name the right. The final heat loser chooses lane for successive runs. Drivers will place and align their racers at the starting gate, and the flagman will release the gate. Handicap (approximate) is determined by distance. A racer extends beyond the starting gate (i.e., when body clearance exceeds the height of the starting gate)—crossing the centerline before the finish is a disqualification. Any do-overs will be at the discretion of the audience. The judge’s ruling is final!

Award Categories:

Fastest  Valve Cover (1st/2nd/3rd)
Most Innovative
Flashiest/Best Paint Job

Judging will be by anonymous People’s Choice ballot. Voting will begin before the first heat, and winners will be announced after the conclusion of the races.

Special awards at the end of races for Best Fuel Economy and Judge’s Choice.

Rules & Regulations

The racers shall have no power source or propulsion system. All motive force is provided by gravity. Racers must be based on actual automotive engine valve covers (domestic or foreign). Length shall be no more than 22 inches (measured from front-most point of “body” to the center of the rear axle), minimum front body height or start gate bumper of no less than 2 inches, and overall width of no more than 10 inches. Wheels can be inside or outside of the valve cover. Racers can have four or fewer wheels on the ground with a maximum diameter of no more than 6 inches. The car weight limit is 10 lbs. (will be weighed on a scale)

Other Information

  • Show Hours: 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Event Location:  325 152nd Street East Tacoma, WA 98445
  • Free parking is available on-site for the duration of this event.
  • No smoking or pets allowed on the property

Additional information

Valve Cover Races Type

Racer, Attendee


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