Valve Cover Racing returns, plus more $2000 Challenge updates

By Colin Wood
Oct 8, 2021 | $2000 Challenge

Photography Credit: Dave Green

Looking for an event at the $2000 Challenge that requires no minimum age, no registration and no fee? Then Valve Cover Racing, back for 2021, is right up your alley.

A tradition of the $2000 Challenge, Valve Cover Racing has competitors race, you guessed it, modified valve covers a la Pinewood Derby. Rules can be found here, but the gist is simple: attach four wheels to a valve cover, and then race it down a ramp.

This year’s $2000 Challenge is set for October 22-23, once again taking place at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, and will be comprised of three events: autocross, drag racing and a concours.

In response to local numbers, we’ve also updated our COVID-19 policy for 2021, which you can read in full here. Please note, this page will be kept updated as new information is received and is subject to change. If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged post them in the thread here.

For more information about the $2000 Challenge–including how to register your low-buck build–visit


The $2000 Challenge is presented by CRC Industries and Titan Fuel Tanks, in association with eBay Motors and Miller Electric, with trophies provided by ThermApparel, GJR Racing and Valino Tires.

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Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
9/9/21 9:41 p.m.

I'm ready.

2 liter Ford Pinto.

Mr_Asa PowerDork
9/9/21 9:45 p.m.

Max length of 24 inches?  This is discriminatory to I6's!  


frenchyd UltimaDork
9/9/21 10:10 p.m.

Jaguar.  It's the height it is because that gives  it a slight head start over lower cars. The wheels are almost knife edged and pure aluminum with a large diameter to minimize rolling resistance while lightened to minimize inertia.  It's at exactly the maximum weight and length.  ( almost 3 inches cut out from a stock valve cover) 

Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/9/21 10:23 p.m.

I miss Mark.

Danny Shields (Forum Supporter)
Danny Shields (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
9/10/21 8:01 a.m.

In reply to Stampie :

You ain't alone, that's for sure.

For a little trip down memory lane, here is a shot of Mark's innovative Ford flathead racer. The little plastic wheel is attached by thread to meet the rule that cars have to have four wheels in contact with the ground.

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