The Minnesota MG T Register

Valve Cover Racing

Valve  Cover Racers
Official Rules

The Course

The course shall consist of a launch incline eight (8) feet long, followed by a level run out of twenty (20) feet.

The launch incline shall be divided into two (2) lanes, each two (2) foot wide.  The incline shall be two (2) feet high at the rearmost part and level with the course at the front edge.  The font edge  shall be mitered so as to provide a smooth transition from the incline to the run out area.

The official "Starting Line" shall be two (2) feet from the rear edge of the incline.  A mechanized starting gate may be provided.

The run out section of the course shall consist of two (2) lanes,  each three (3) feet wide.  The lanes shall be clearly marked.

The finish lined shall be marked twenty (20) feet from the front edge of the launch incline.

The Cars

The cars shall have no power source.   All motive force is provided by gravity.

Cars shall be based on an actual rocker cover or cam cover from a British automobile engine.

Wheelbase shall be no more than twenty-four (24) inches.

Wheel track shall be no more than fourteen (14) inches.

Cars must have four wheels, each no more than six (6) inches in  diameter.

The Races

Cars will be run in heats of two (2) cars each.

The cars are to be launched with their front wheels on the starting line.  The first car to have its front wheels cross the finish line is the winner.  If neither car makes it to the finish line, the car going the furthest wins.

If the wheels of a car should touch the lane markers, or cross over the lane markers, the car shall be disqualified.  The competing car immediately becomes the winner.

Winning cars will advance to the next round until all are eliminated except one car.

New Rule adopted 2010 (with tongues firmly planted in our cheeks): The wheels must remain on the cars for the entire race! Any “run-away” wheels will immediately disqualify the car loosing the wheel(s) The wheels may, however, fall off after a race so long as the do not hit another car or injure a spectator.

Spectators are encouraged to wear helmets and body padding if they intend to view the races within five feet of the track.

Valve Cover Racing Rules.pdf

How it started.

This tidbit of historical information was passed on by an elderly brit named Riley Morris. He says that valve cover racing was invented by plucky british sports car owners out of practical necessity. As it often turned out these enthusiasts could not always race the whole car due to the machinations of Joseph Lucas, the Prince of Darkness. Due to the complete absence of electrical components and the reliable nature of gravity they determined that  the valve cover was the only part of the car they could count on to run reliably every time.

Good show gentlemen!