This video from the 2013 Halloween Hooptiefest 24 Hours of LeMons race is the kind of scary stuff that keeps us reviewing cars instead of racing them. This driver is puttering about, carrying good speed and, from the brief recording we can see, driving quite well. That is, until another driver, who seemingly comes out of nowhere, attempts to put his front tire where the passenger seat should be.

It's a scary crash, not just because of the purple-wheeled car coming from the blind side, but for the way the tire very nearly gets into the cabin. The initial crash causes a pretty hefty pileup on the oval section of New Hampshire Motor Speedway; thankfully everyone walked away according to the Nadeau Motorsport's YouTube channel. The damage to the camera car was bad, but not enough to keep it from finishing the race. Take a look below for the full video.


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      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've got to believe this is some SUPER fun racing. Cheap ass beaters, running balls out for 24 hours? HELL YES!
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4gasem
        It's crazy fun. We don't actually go for 24 hrs straight usually though, we break at night to drink. Went from about 10 to 6 on Saturday and 9:30 to 4:30 on Sunday, this past weekend.
        Fonin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4gasem
        running? you have not been to a race yet have you.
      bouljf
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MX1_T4AhIQ#t=31 The crash viewed from behind
        wafflesnfalafel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bouljf
        Very helpful - what the heck was that Firebird (Camaro?) doing... "I can make it! I can make it! No I can't..."
      mrbalogna
      • 1 Year Ago
      typical corvette drivers
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mrbalogna
        The 300Z didn't rev match well and broke the rears loose to drift into the CAMARO as it was passing, no Corvette's involved. I was pitting across from the Camaro last weekend.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's hilarious! Wtf happened??? Lmao
      Doss
      • 1 Year Ago
      FF to @28 seconds
      Afakhori
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crash isnt too bad, but it is pretty surprising. At least the driver kept his cool.
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        SpacemanSpiff
        • 1 Year Ago
        I've read through their whole website, these cars have all the basic safety standards required of any motorsport. Roll cages, bucket seats, harnesses, fire extinguishers etc.. There's a long list of stuff. And I'm pretty sure somewhere in there (though I can't find it right now with just a quick glance) I read that only two people have left the track in an ambulance in the history of the series, and one was a guy that had a heart attack and wasn't even on the track. Their rules page is comedy gold, I was cracking up reading through the rules. The guys that run this have a great sense of humor and I'm sure it makes for an totally fun environment. I've done a little figuring though and unless you have a lot of the safety equipment laying around already (like a whole team of drivers who already have race suits and helmets) you're looking at more like $5k minimum for safety gear for car and 4 crew members. And that's not including the price of the car, transportation, lodging, food, and beer. It sounds great on the surface, $500 car, I can eat ramen noodles for a month, let's go racing! But as usual it's not quite that easy. I'm looking for sponsors now, you can't use sponsor money for car upgrades but you can use it for safety gear, transportation, lodging, and beer!
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SpacemanSpiff
          It isn't easy or cheap to participate, that is if you actually want to race and finish. A group of guys from my work have done it, and one other person I know from VIR did this. Both "teams" had spent well over that $5,000 figure you threw out when it was over with. It was still a blast though!
          SpacemanSpiff
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SpacemanSpiff
          Yeah I was figuring the minimum was $5k, but probably way more. That was only for safety gear for 4 crew members (the minimum), and safety and replacement parts (steering, suspension, and brake parts that you'd probably want to replace on a $500 car before you even drove it on the street) for an average car (a '90's Civic). None of it was bottom of the barrel quality, but not far off with the exception of brakes and suspension. And we never know what kind of unplanned things will pop up during a project like this.
        dtyree77
        • 1 Year Ago
        I've done 3 lemons races and 3 chump car races, and overall I find them to be very well run and pretty safe; and very fun. Safety when racing is everyone's responsibility, so the organizations who run the events have to have a good set of rules in place (and they do), and enforce them (and they do). The fact that safety is unlimited is a huge deal. I'm actually on two different lemons/chumps teams and am considering building my own car because while both teams have invested in the basic safety equipment, I want to take it to the next level (better roll cage, full containment seat, etc) Mind you I'm already invested in all of my own personal safety equipment (head an neck restraint) But generally if you do motorsports like this you can look at hosting organizations and kind of distill how safe the event will be. If they require the cars to under go an inspection that insures the cars not only have safety equipment, but also meet some basic criteria for racing, also how are people penalized; what are the penalties. About 5 years ago I was at a time trials event where the hosting organization let anyone (without any prior criteria drive "tuner" (think supercharged S2000s) cars on a very difficult circuit and didn't enforce the rules). They totaled 7 cars in a single day and mostly on the first and second laps. The hosting club never made a single adjustment even though it was clear that most of the "racers" had zero experience.
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        Everyone walked away fine.
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