Valve cover racing is a competitive event similar to the Pinewood derby, but vehicles are made from a valve cover from an internal combustion car engine, rather than of wood blocks, . Valve cover racing is most commonly seen at car shows.  Check out all the details on Wikipedia.

Check out images from last years valve cover races !!

The rules for the construction of the valve cover racer are as follows:
·    No engine, propulsion or moving weights. Gravity is your friend;
·    The racer must be made from an internal combustion engine valve cover;
·    The valve cover must retain its entire original gasket-sealing surface;
·    The racer can have a chassis, but the chassis cannot be inter-changed with any other valve cover body after it is registered for that days race;
·    Nothing may extend beyond the gasket surface on the front of the racer;
·    There must be a total of four wheels, either inside or outside of the valve cover;
·    The racer must be clean (no sludge). If the racer drips oil or grease, it is disqualified;
·    The racer must have a permanent number affixed to the surface.

 The racer dimensions are as follows:

·    Maximum Length    30 inches
·    Maximum Width    10 inches
·    Maximum Height    10 inches
·    Maximum Weight     10 pounds
·    Maximum Wheel Diameter      6 inches
·    Maximum Front Road Clearance   1-1/2 inches

The rules for the track and race are as follows:

·    The track will consist of two lanes with each lane 12 inches wide;
·    Release pin is 1-3/4 inches from track to top of pin;
·    Both cars will be started at the same time from the start gate;
·    If a racer interferes with another car, he loses that round;
·    If a racer is hampered by a track problem, they get another run;
·    The racing will be double elimination for the top eliminator trophy;

·    The judge’s decision is final on all matters.

Canton Carnival of Wheels
Rev A,  July 19, 2011

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  1. dick henry says:

    could you tell me the height of the track at the starting end and how long is the track? ie 8ft. plus the angle of the incline.
    dick henry

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