What is Valve Cover Racing?

This is such a fun part of our overall day.  This year we plan to have more racers to buy, but know that you can bring your own.  We hope you do, because we want to have a beauty contest!  See below for more information on the 1st Annual “The Great Spokane Road Rally” Valve Cover Beauty Contest.

You might be asking, “What is Valve Cover Racing?”  Well, it is a little like Pinewood Derby but it is the adult version.  First what it is:  It's where a motor vehicle valve cover is made into a small race “car” and is run down a track.  Valve cover racers come in all sizes and shapes, as valve covers from cars come in a variety of sizes, weights and materials.  They can have different wheel configurations, and the wheels can be made of many different objects.  They can be made from roller skates, roller blades, to CDs and list goes on.  Use what you think will make your racer go the fastest down the track.

The rules are simple, no power source – must race by gravity only.  Length and width are determined by the track that they will be racing on.  If you want to race, please find the sign-up sheets as we will be setting up heats before the rally starts.  No additional cost to entering the races, except if you purchase one of our ready-made racers.  There will be a place to leave your valve cover on display for the day.  See below to learn about the beauty contest.  

You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own racer, because we would like to have you enter the beauty contest.  We understand that not everyone has the time, tools or resources to build your own.  So last year we had made some racers for folks to purchase.  This year we will be doing the same.  What is exciting is that we have the Spokane Valley Tech School making the racers for us.  We will be having a race at the school so that the students can see how their racers performed.  We, however, will not be letting you all know who the winners were until after the road rally race.  A huge Thank You to the Students and Staff at the Spokane Valley Tech School.

This year we will be adding a beauty contest to the valve cover event.  This is a contest of the best decorated valve cover racer.  It can be simple or over the top, but it still has to be able to race down the track.  We will have 3 different categories to be judged: 

1.  Most innovative

2.  Scariest

3.  People’s Choice (to be voted on before the start of the valve cover racing)

Please check out our pictures and then go online and type in valve cover racing and you will get to see all sorts of pictures to collect ideas.  


Let the games begin!!!