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The Ultimate Unusual Auto Race Quiz
by Staff
Let's face it: Ordinary auto races get boring somewhere around the 20th lap. But some races are so quirky, so eccentric, so…unusual that they never get boring. Here's a quiz about several very odd races that offer not only thrills but genuine surprises.

The Red Bull Soapbox Derby isn't an auto race in the conventional sense. That's because all the vehicles in the race have one thing in common. What is it?

  • They don't have wheels.
  • They don't have engines.
  • They don't have drivers.

What form of "fuel" propels the vehicles in the Red Bull Soapbox Derby?

  • Gravity
  • Hydrogen
  • Red Bull

What shape are the vehicles at the Red Bull Soapbox Derby?

  • The same shape as a soapbox
  • An aerodynamic saucer shape
  • Any shape the builder chooses

What year was the original Soapbox Derby first run?

  • 1909
  • 1934
  • 1951

The television show "Carpocalypse" ran on what network?

  • Spike TV
  • Fox
  • The Gears Channel

What was "Carpocalypse" inspired by?

  • A local series of car races in Orlando, Fla.
  • The Atari video game Test Drive: Eve of Destruction
  • Both of the above

What does Mille Miglia mean in Italian?

  • One thousand miles
  • The longest race
  • Run of the mill

In what famous California valley is the California Mille held?

  • Napa Valley
  • Silicon Valley
  • San Fernando Valley

How long does the California Mille run?

  • Two days
  • Three days
  • Four days

On the California Mille, you get to stop off at wineries and fancy hotels on the way to the finish line. Where do you get to stop on the California Melee?

  • The road house from the movie "Road House"
  • Jack Nicholson's house
  • Brewpubs and cheap motels

How old must a car be to qualify for the California Melee?

  • It must have been built before 1965.
  • It must have been built before 1975.
  • It must have been built before 1985.

How long does the California Melee run?

  • Two days
  • Three days
  • Four days

To be allowed into a 24 Hours of LeMons race, how much can you spend on your car, including modifications?

  • Nothing -- the cars are donated by local charities.
  • $100
  • $500

What's the penalty at 24 Hours of LeMons for driving a car that cost you more than the rules allow?

  • You'll be docked a lap for every $10 you've spent over the limit.
  • You'll be fined $50 for every $10 you've spent over the limit.
  • You'll be required to wear a clown suit for the entire race.

How are other penalties determined at 24 Hours of LeMons?

  • By spinning the Wheel of Misfortune
  • By majority vote of the judges
  • By majority vote of the drivers

What do the participants vote on halfway through 24 Hours of LeMons?

  • Which driver wins the Congeniality Award
  • What city will host the next 24 Hours of LeMons event
  • Which car will be crushed into scrap metal

What was the full name of the outlaw racing event known popularly as the Cannonball Run?

  • The Cannonball Baker Coast-to-Coast Memorial Trophy Dash
  • The Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash
  • The Cannonball Baker East-to-West Memorial Trophy Dash

Between which two years was the Cannonball run held?

  • 1968 and 1975
  • 1978 and 1986
  • 1971 and 1979

What two American cities marked the beginning and end of the Cannonball Run?

  • Portland, Maine, and San Diego, Calif.
  • New York City and Redondo Beach, Calif.
  • Key West, Fla., and Seattle, Wash.

What current race has inherited the outlaw racing mantle of the Cannonball Run?

  • Deathrace 2000
  • Midnight Rally
  • Gumball 3000