The ACME COMPANIES (Acme Car Co., Berrien Buggy by Acme, Acme Composites and Acme Trailer Works Inc) are pleased to announce the formation of a series of gravity racing, based on Volkswagen valve covers used on air cooled Volkswagen engines, types 1,2,3,&4. There will be a series of races throughout the year.  At these races there will be 3 trophies awarded, 1st place, 2nd place based on competition, and a peoples choice trophy for the most creative or interesting car.  There will also be points awarded for the top 5 finishing positions.  These points will accumulate and at the end of the season, at Acme’s annual Bugs by the River, the high point racer will be awarded the King of the Covers trophy and a $100.00 gift certificate.  There will be a standard set of rules governing both car specifications and race procedures.  Each venue holding a race may have additional eligibility requirements for competitors at their events.


We here at the Acme Companies searched far and wide to find a master craftsman/ gravity race track builder.  We finally found a little known and reclusive master wood worker in the far hills of North Carolina.  Acme then commissioned Bill Burger to build a new, state of the art racing facility.  Bill researched various gravity tracks in use today (pinewood derby, V8 valve cover, air-cooled valve cover and vibrator).  The new Acme track he is building will eliminate some of the issues of other tracks he has observed during his extensive research, and will enhance some of the positives.  The track will arrive at Acme headquarters in late February where it will be adorned with the Acme logo, admired daily, and endlessly polished until the first race of the 2022 season.


The rules for both car specifications and race procedures are listed here.  These will be the rules and procedures for the entire season.  Please read them and familiarize yourself with them.  While we applaud creativity and originality, we will require that the car conforms to our rules. Designated race officials will have final say if a dispute arises.


The Acme Cup season for 2022 will be a 3 race series.  Please visit the schedule link for more information.

Race #1 – The inaugural Acme Cup Race (Carlisle, PA – 5/13 -5/14)

Race #2 – Manx on the Hudson (Newburgh, NY – 7/21 – 7/23) **

Race #3 – King of the Covers (New Cumberland, PA – 9/23 – 9/24)

** Manx Club Member Only Event – You must be a Manx Club member AND registered for this event in order to compete.

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