No frills: Queenstowners competing in this year's '24 Hours of Lemons NZ' are, from left, Morgan Ford, Chris Buckley, Max Perkins, Tim Duggan and Quinn Wilson


Six Queenstowners are teaming up for an Auckland car race dubbed ‘‘the cheapest motorsport on the planet’’.

24 Hours of Lemons NZ, starting at 5pm tonight at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, sees contestants race that long in a vehicle that’s cost less than $1000 — in other words, a ‘lemon’.

The local team comprises Morgan Ford, Chris Buckley, Max Perkins, Tim Duggan and Quinn Wilson, who’ll all share stints at the wheel.

Also with the team, and their chosen chariot — a Toyota Corolla — is mechanic Matt Hawkins.

Teams also fundraise for the Lemons Foundation, which promotes safety and driver training and personal development.

Ford says teams can ‘‘buy laps’’ by making donations.

‘‘‘Cos we’ve got a slow car, there’s a real incentive to raise some money and get a bit further up the list.’’

Individual drivers are also timed, ‘‘so there’ll be some internal competition amongst ourselves’’.

For Ford and Buckley, in particular, the race will be an interesting experience as it’s their first taste of motorsport.

Ford says they’re grateful to their sponsors — Laser Electrical, Pub on Wharf, Perky’s, GWD
Motor Group and Paraflights.