Since we have not had Valve Cover races for quite a while it should be interesting. Jeff Williams Region 7 Director was able to locate a track and some general rules to go by so
here they are:
These rules and specifications are only meant as a guidelines and everyone that has valve cover
races seem to follow these general rules but with their own twists thrown in for good measure
VALVE COVER CARS
• No engines or propulsion.
• No moving weights.
• Wheel can be attached to the car in any manner, but must not extend beyond the front of the valve cover.
• Nothing can extend beyond the front of the valve cover.
• Cars shall be based on an actual rocker cover from an automobile engine.
• Cars must have four wheels, each no more than six inches in diameter.
• Wheel must have a non-metallic surface contacting the track.
• 30 inch maximum overall car length.
• 12 inch maximum overall car width.
• 10 inch maximum overall car height.
• 10 pounds maximum weight by official scales.
• The course shall consist of a launch incline eight feet long,
• The launch incline shall be divided into two lanes, each 14 inches wide. The incline shall be three feet
high at the rearmost part and level with the course at the front edge. The front 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 feet from the rear edge of the incline. A mechanized starting
gate should be provided.
• The run out section of the course shall consist of two lanes, each 14 inches wide. The lanes shall be
• The finish line shall be marked sixteen feet from the front edge of the launch incline. You can make the
finish line a mechanical finish as well if you wish, or have an official judging the winners.
• The official who judges the winners should be provide body guards, and whisked away at the end of the
races to a safe and secure location.
RUNNING THE RACE
• Cars will be run in heats of two 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 in its lane wins.
• If the wheels a of a car should touch the lane markers or cross over the lane marker 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
I think Jeff said the track is 32 feet long.
Region 4 Director