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?
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?
The television show "Carpocalypse" ran on what network?
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?
San Fernando Valley
How long does the California Mille run?
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?
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.
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?