Gambler 500 looks like fun..Lemons rally through dirt roads....but the Rallycross seems to have more adrenaline...
I dropped by the NH Rallycross event to check it out today.
It certainly does not deliver the adrenaline and excitement of a Lemons weekend...!!!
But for $50, it certainly is "cheap and quick fix/thrills".
They had 40-50 cars show up in a "field?" that had a deep mud track, with ice underneath, and snow on the shoulders. Each car got to run 8 or 9 times around the curvy track. Lots got stuck in the snow/mud and had to be pulled out. Very difficult to judge the corners too.
Top speed maybe 45mph for a few seconds. Otherwise mostly in 1st and 2nd gear around corners, trying to stay on track.
Definitely more technically challenging than Lemons...some made it look easy and went sideways into turns and kept going...others just flew off the track and spun in circles...
Looks very safe. No ambulances on stand-by needed. Just a truck with a tow line.
They even have a class for bone stock (you can not remove anything to lighten the car). Only change is snow tires allowed (and not gravel tires).
Some nice guys let me ride with them. For me, time trials just are not as exciting as wheel to wheel racing. But it was fun. I would probably really suck at it...at least at first...
But I might still give it a try. One coming up in April in NH.
I think the Lemon Prelude is too nice for this....and too low. Using my DD would likely be better....Honda Accord, lifted with snow tires?! What could go wrong?!
Interesting how Lemons dominating rear wheel drive BMWs and Miatas kinda sucked in RallyCross, and the all wheel drive Subarus/Audis that don't typically dominate in Lemons do great in Rallycross. Otherwise, a good number of older front wheel drive cars.
Anyways, this kind of thing really appears like something Lemons could host. If someone wanted to take it upon themselves to do the work...
MarioKart Driving School: 1987 Honda Prelude Opus #28 (still can't win anything...)