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LeMons parade, block Party return to Camden

Racers, start your engines! The 24 Hours of LeMons race returns to the Carolina Motorsports Park this weekend, giving less-than-professional drivers in less-than-$500 contraptions the chance to show what they’re made of.

But, before these amateur racers take to the track, the city of Camden will host the LeMons Parade on Friday of more than 100 dumpy cars (and their drivers) beginning at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site and extending into Camden’s city center.

Broad Street between York and DeKalb streets will be closed from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday for a LeMons Block Party. Free to the public, the party will feature a display of all 100 cars, creatively themed contests, driver antics, food, libations and general revelry.

The Parade and Block Party starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.

Races will be held at the Carolina Motorsports Park on Saturday and Sunday, with an awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday afternoon. All-access spectator passes will be available for $30 at the gate. Kids under 16 get in for free.

A parody of the historic 24 Hours of LeMans series, the “24 Hours of LeMons” is a series of endurance races held on paved road courses across the United States. Teams compete in race-prepared cars that cost no more than $500 (i.e., lemons) for up to 24 hours. These races set themselves apart from the typical road race by the unusual penalties and punishments meted out by judges.

In South Carolina, the 24 Hours of LeMons is conducted exclusively at the Carolina Motorsports Park, located on U.S. 521 approximately 17 miles north of Camden.

(This information provided by the city of Camden.)

(The online version of this story has been updated to indicate that the parade and block party will take place on Friday.)