Both types of events have their place in the differing venues and will be addressed below with
supporting pictures. The pros & cons of each will also be discussed.
Types of Venues
The type of venue chosen by different clubs is contingent upon the time of year the show
is hosted and the available facilities.
In cool or extremely hot weather and when the potential for rain showers exist, it is
preferable to host indoor shows. Space is always at a premium and show participants as
well as vendors take precedence over other events. Due to the limited space, ‘Valve
Cover Racing’ is generally assigned to a confined area.
At other times of the year and when indoor facilities are not available, clubs must host
their events outdoors. Generally the outdoor venue has additional available space for
spectator parking, larger vendors, co-hosted events, and larger track space for the ‘Valve
Cover Racing’ event.
The type of surface upon which the race takes place will have a dramatic effect on the
outcome and layout of the event. Valve cover racers have good wheel bearings and thus
the only other resistance is the track surface. It is preferable to have a level and smooth
surface without grooves, holes, and other imperfections that will affect the racers.
Indoor floors will surely be smooth finished concrete, vinyl / linoleum surfaced, or wood
surfaced. We could mention a tile surface but you would surely note the imperfections
and its effect on the race.
Outdoor surfaces will likely consist of a concrete or asphalt surface. The concrete
surface can vary depending on the quality of the finish and the number of construction
joints and their spacing. Asphalt surfaces will vary drastically depending on the size of the
aggregate used in the mix and the differing compaction requirements. Streets get higher
compaction and continual traffic while parking lots may not be compacted with large
equipment and thus are rougher. Age will also play a factor on both surfaces as weather
will cause cracking and holes. Parking lots that receive regular maintenance with seal
coating will naturally have better racing surfaces.
As the name applies, the racer that travels the greatest distance wins the race. Due to
the distances involved, the track does not have guide rails along its entire length and thus
the valve cover racers are not confined to a narrow track. I suppose a special track could
be configured with guide rails the entire length made out of steel or boards fastened to
the racing surface. To avoid having racers collide along an unguided surface, participants race one at a time. Since they race one at a time the launch ramp only needs to be wide
enough for a single racer.