By Vincent Biel
Time: 12:00 noon, 4th Saturday of the month.
Place: Market of Marion just south of Belleview
The crowd of spectators, car owners and racers start to gather around the two lane 40 ft. track, waiting for the race to begin. Steve the DJ and race commentator is ready at the mic to give the play by play exciting exaggerated description of the race, also giving of names to the different cars (valve covers) and racers.
The first two racers are ready they set their valve cover racer on the track and line them up to hopefully go straight. The starter checks with the racers and then with the finish line judges, then bam, the race is on. The valve covers roll down the track and bounce off the foam rubber finish line. The racers get their valve covers, switch lanes and race again. The best 2 out of 3 moves on to the next heat. At the end there is a winner and a trophy at trophy time at about 1:00 o’clock.
What is a Valve cover racer???
The racers are made from any valve cover. You add 4 wheels (usually skateboard wheels). The cars can’t weigh more than 10 lbs. There is no charge to race, if you don’t have a racer, you can use one of the 20 or so that are there to use. The racers are easy to build and customize (and cheaper to build than a hot rod). There are many neat valve cover racers, At the Market there is one with Elvis standing on it, and one with The Simpsons, a submarine made from a ls-3 cover, a steam punk and a Tesla. Check the show schedule. The car show and race are sponsored by the Villages Classic Automobile Club and the Market of Marion.
Music by Steve of the Twilight Cruisers. So get ready on the 4th Saturday for a great car show and outstanding and exciting Valve cover racing. Fun for the whole family (yes, kids can race too).
Valve Cover Racer
Vince Biel’s valve cover racer, above, is one of many that compete at the Market of Marion.
Easy To Build
The cars are easy to build and customize (and cheaper than a hot rod). (Photo: Pinterest)
The racers are made from any valve cover, under 10 lbs. (Photo: Pinterest)
There is no charge to race, if you don’t have a racer, you can use one of the 20 or so that are there. (Photo: Pinterest)
Themes like TV’s The Simpsons, a submarine, and music legend Elvis decorate valve cover racers at the Market of Marion. (Photo: Pinterest)
Racing Down The Track
The valve cover racers roll down the track and bounce off of a foam rubber finish line. (Photo: Pinterest)