LeMay Valve Cover Races

Family Fun Racing

Event Rescheduled 

New Data TBD

Race check-in: 11:00 am

Races begin: 1:00 pm


This “just-for-fun” free  event is open to all ages.


Here's what to do:

1. Find an engine valve cover

2. Add wheels

3. Decorate your valve cover

4. Race it!


The Track

Consists of two lanes - each approx. 11” wide - separated by a short railing. The gravity ramp is 16′ length x approx. 20-30 degree slope, transitioning

to a flat runway with a tarp at the end to catch the racers. The start gate stop sticks up from the center of each lane about 2 inches.

Practice runs for alignment/adjustments prior to the start of the race are encouraged.


Register you Valve Cover

Fill out our registration HERE


Races will consist of sudden death heats (one run, winner advances) with a two out of three heat final. Heats are determined by hat drawing. First name drawn takes left lane, second name the right. Final heat loser chooses lane for successive runs. Drivers will place and align their own racers at the starting gate and the flagman will release the gate. Handicap (approximate) is determined by distance a racer extends beyond the starting gate (ie. when body clearance exceeds height of starting gate). Crossing the center line before the finish is a disqualification. Any do-overs will be at the discretion of the audience. Judge’s ruling is final!


Award Categories

Fastest  Valve Cover (1st/2nd/3rd)


Most Innovative

Flashiest/Best Paint Job


Judging will be by anonymous People’s Choice ballot. Voting will begin prior to the first heat, and winners will be announced after the conclusion of the races.

Special awards at end of races for Best Fuel Economy and Judge’s Choice.


Rules & Regulations

The racers shall have no power source or propulsion system. All motive force is provided by gravity. Racers must be based on actual automotive engine valve covers (domestic or foreign). Length shall be no more than 22 inches (measured from front-most point of “body” to center of rear axle), a minimum front body height or start gate bumper of no less than 2 inches, and overall width of no more than 10 inches. Wheels can be inside or outside of the valve cover. Racers can have four or less wheels on the ground with a maximum diameter of no more than 6 inches. Car weight limit is 10 lbs. (will be weighed on a scale)



LeMay Collections at Marymount

325 152nd Street East

Tacoma, WA 98445


Free parking is available on-site for the duration of this event.

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Telephone: 253-272-2336

Email: info@lemaymarymount.org

Address: 325 152nd St E., Tacoma, WA 98445


Tuesday-Saturday:  9:00am-5:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm


Last tour of the day begins at 3:00pm.

Monday: CLOSED