Topic: Lemons Rally FAQ? Experienced Apply Within

Looking for some Q&A's.

Are we able to participate in the Concours d'Lemons on the 19th of Aug?  (Provided our Jalop makes the trip.)

When do you get the Rally schedule?

Do you typically book hotels in advance or on the fly?


Any other experience related tips for the first timers?

Re: Lemons Rally FAQ? Experienced Apply Within

I have not run the event, but I'm planning on this summer.

It's my understanding that as long as you don't 'splode, you will be back for Concours d'Lemons.

You'll get the schedule at some point.

You can book hotels in advance or wing it, sleep in the car, camp, whatever. I think there are official hotels used as rally points. You don't need to stay there, but it is just that much easier if you do.

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Re: Lemons Rally FAQ? Experienced Apply Within

Are we able to participate in the Concours d'Lemons on the 19th of Aug?  (Provided our Jalop makes the trip.)

The Rally finishes at the Concours d'Lemons. I believe there was a "Rally" section of the Concours.


When do you get the Rally schedule?

If you mean the list of overnight stops, you should get an email from Rally Boss Steve at some point after signing up. You can also email Steve directly (Steve@24hoursoflemons.com) for more on that.

If you mean the Rally Book with all the checkpoints, you get that at registration.


Do you typically book hotels in advance or on the fly?

The message from Steve will include the list of host hotels that you can book in advance. You don't have to stay at them, but you'll find other rally participants at them in all likelihood.

Check out the registration page here.

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therood wrote:

Are we able to participate in the Concours d'Lemons on the 19th of Aug?  (Provided our Jalop makes the trip.)

The Rally finishes at the Concours d'Lemons. I believe there was a "Rally" section of the Concours.

That is indeed what happened last year and I believe that's the plan this year as well. All rally participants gain automatic entrance into the Cd'L so there's no need to carry along a separate vehicle on the rally just to have something to put into the concours. This should not be taken as discouragement from doing so anyway, of course.

The Hotness wrote:

Any other experience related tips for the first timers?

(1) Having at least one co-driver would be a good idea.

(2) Polaroid film doesn't work properly at high temperatures.

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Re: Lemons Rally FAQ? Experienced Apply Within

Other tips:
- At least one codriver is highly recommended. I could get into the reasons if you want, but they are MANY.

- If any of the overnight stops are in major cities, make sure you at least check hotel availability in advance. With Memphis, there happened to be a giant Garth Brooks concert in town the same night. Every hotel in the city was booked solid. Some people who were traveling by the seat of their pants ended up driving 150 miles to the next morning's first stop and getting hotels there.

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Re: Lemons Rally FAQ? Experienced Apply Within

Yea, last time I didn't book hotels, and wound up staying in Arkansas on the Memphis night. The first one, and this one I pre-booked.

And from experience. If you're going to find a co-driver or Navigator that you don't know, properly vet this individual. Trust me on this one.

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Re: Lemons Rally FAQ? Experienced Apply Within

Shvd_Box wrote:

And from experience. If you're going to find a co-driver or Navigator that you don't know, properly vet this individual. Trust me on this one.

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Re: Lemons Rally FAQ? Experienced Apply Within

Excellent information!  I appreciate it and could help others that are interested.


(Curious about that poloroid film tho...hmmm.)
I am all registered up, and completely excited and stupidfied at the idiocracy of this debacule.

Anybody have a good contingency plan for the, "whoops I threw a rod out of the engine block and am now stuck in the middle of nowhere" senario?

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The Hotness wrote:

Anybody have a good contingency plan for the, "whoops I threw a rod out of the engine block and am now stuck in the middle of nowhere" senario?

Utility knife, aluminum can, hose clamp, a shit ton of JB Weld (the quick-set type), and a spare oil change with filter? Maybe a spare oil pan gasket if you wanna be super fancy and clean out all the shrapnel.

Or a good set of tow chains.

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The Hotness wrote:

(Curious about that poloroid film tho...hmmm.)

We're expected to document our achievements [sic] via digital photos posted to Facebook to verify we made it to the checkpoints. I don't have a Facebook account, nor a smartphone, nor indeed any kind of cell phone, so this would have been awkward. I asked if it was okay for me instead to shoot Polaroids and submit them each evening for inspection. I suspect mostly because he didn't think I'd actually do it, Steve agreed to this. Death Valley was unkind to the film, however:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8833/28585835143_a1b337ca54.jpg

Fortunately the remaining stock was fine once the ambient temperature fell to not-Death-Valley conditions.

It's my understanding that Polaroids won't be accepted this year, so now I'm not certain how to proceed.

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The Hotness wrote:

Anybody have a good contingency plan for the, "whoops I threw a rod out of the engine block and am now stuck in the middle of nowhere" senario?


$700 in cash, a way to access Craigslist from the road, and a transport plate. Then apply fire liberally to the offending vehicle

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Shvd_Box wrote:

Then apply fire liberally to the offending vehicle

This may be among the reasons that LeMons HQ wants to see real paperwork connecting each rally vehicle to someone. If it's plated and insured in your name, you can be found.

The solution, therefore, is to know in advance where to find, and how to deal with, every occurrence of the VIN and/or serial number on the vehicle. In general this is easier with older vehicles, which are worth more rally points anyway. Win-win.

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1980 KV Mini 1: Worst of Show and Fright Pig Supremo 2009 Concours d'LeMons
1978 H Special: Second-Round Elimination 2010 LeMons Pinewood Derby at Sears Pointless
1967 SAAB 96: IOE 2012 Pacific Northworst GP

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I apologize for the sarcasm of that being lost via the internet

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Retreat From Moscow "Traded a Bar Tab for a Wagon" Subaru Legacy
Fail Inc Motorsports Intergalactic Headquarters