Sat, Aug 24 - Sun, Aug 25, 2024

The Great Beater Challenge

Enmax Centre

About this event

GBC 2024 - “Living in Hilltop Houses Driving Fifteen Beaters”

Date: August 24-25, 2024



Day 1: Lethbridge, AB - Del Bonita - Hanna, AB (approx. 507km)

Day 2: Hanna, AB - Bragg Creek - Lethbridge, AB (approx. 555km)

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Adventure trip with unlikely beater cars, trucks, and vans. Points awarded for creativity, ridiculousness, and misfortune. This is NOT a race, and any illegal road behavior is punishable by law, and not condoned by the organizers.

Entrants may be solo, or in teams to help split costs.


$700 CDN to buy, repair, and modify vehicle. (Foreigners use current exchange rates)

Safety items such as tires and brakes, as well as fluids and filters do NOT count toward budget.

A Safety item can be considered as something which would make the vehicle safe to operate, without adding to the reliability of the vehicle. Any questions regarding whether an item is safety or not, please see our FAQ page.

Proof of purchase price (bill of sale), and receipts to prove total spent on vehicle must be presented. Please provide a copy of the original ad if you can as well.

Any parts obtained for free, traded for, or pulled out of personal collections are counted at junkyard prices toward your budget. (You can use the Pick N Pull website to look up part values.)

Any cars obtained via trade or free, are valued at a fair market value (on the cheap side). Any questions regarding the value of a vehicle, please send me an email.

Teams can attempt to sell parts off their cars to gain money back toward the budget, up to a maximum of 50% the original purchase price.

Vehicles which run over budget can still enter, however will receive a penalty of -3pts per $1 over budget.

Entry fee:

$60, if paid before July 20th, 2024. Late entry fee for after this date is $100.

These funds go to cover the event insurance, expenses, awards, decals for competitors, and any remaining money is donated directly to our chosen charity.

Entries open Monday, April 1st, 2024!!

Entries and payment are handled by MSReg. Link here


Overnight camping will be available in the town of Hanna, Alberta. Camping will be $20 per tent/car, or $45 for a serviced RV or trailer site. Payable by CASH ONLY on site. The location is right near such crucial amenities such as Tim Hortons, Subway, and Gas Stations.


Lethbridge Interfaith Food Bank

This year we will be supporting the Lethbridge Interfaith Food Bank.. A charity dedicated to helping those in need in our local community, which continues to be in more and more demand as costs of living rise. Read more about them at

All funds raised from the event will be donated to our charity post event. We encourage teams to donate on their own accord and help to show what a generous group the car community can be.


Any street legal (insured and registered) vehicle. Temporary “In Transit” permits are OK.

Due to event insurance regulations, Teams will need to provide a completed copy of the ASN Self-Tech Declaration, indicating that you declare your vehicle to be road worthy. We will provide a link to entrants to print and sign these forms prior to the event.

We will also require you to sign an Event waiver at the start location. This must be signed by competitors, and passengers. A minor waiver will be provided for the parent/guardian of underage passengers to sign.



Competitors will be scored based on multiple categories. Scoring takes place at the start of the event based on vehicle and team entry, and again at the finish based on pictures taken/challenges achieved on the trip.

Age of vehicle:

+50 for 1990s

+100 for 1980s

+150 for 1970s

+200 for 1960s

+250 for 1950s

+300 for pre-1950

Make of Vehicle:

+-0 for Japanese, American, German

+50 for Korean, Swedish

+200 for Italian

+225 for English

+250 for French, or Chinese

+100 for a defunct automaker, and +50 for every decade past 1990 the automaker has been out of business

Judge’s Decision:

+0-250 for Costumes, Theme, Vehicle Modifications

+0-250 for General condition of vehicle/likeliness to fail

On the Road:

+50 for finishing the day’s route

+10 and up, for optional checkpoints and challenges en route


+1 per km traveled in your beater, greater than 100km to get to the start of the event (up to a limit of 300pts)

+100 for vehicle purchased without the help of the internet, ie bought from a newspaper classified or supermarket community board (save a copy of the ad!)

+100 for a vehicle rescued from a field (photo proof please!)

+20 if the ad for your car contained the phrases “Ran when Parked”, “I know what I have”, or “Needs TLC”

+100 if you compete in a sanctioned motorsport event with your beater prior to the event (ie. Autocross, drag racing, rallycross, ice racing, etc)

+50 for a special edition vehicle

+100 for a factory convertible with the soft or hard top removed

+200 pts for outfitting vehicle with sleeping accommodations, and subsequently camping in.

+??? May be awarded at random by organizers…

Special points:

+250 pts for rear-mounted radiator (functional, actually used to attempt to cool engine)

+200 pts for multiple spoilers

+100 pts excessive oversized driving lights

+50pts if vehicle aerodynamics is deemed by judges to be worse than that of a cow

Feature Car:

This is a car that would usually not be a high scoring car, or something a bit obscure, that we will issue bonus points to a team which runs one in the event. 

Any Saturn Vehicle +200 (plus an extra 50pts if it is equipped with Plastic body panels)

Using a car from the Saturn brand as a GBC feature car is something the organizers have wanted to implement for many years. This year is the year! Saturn was created by General Motors to try and attract younger buyers. In doing so they used out-of-the-box thinkers to create a brand that thought differently to other more staunchly run American brands. This was actually pretty successful, and made such interesting innovations such as dent resistant plastic body panels. Unfortunately due to cost cutting, Saturn was killed off in 2010, but will live on in the hearts of us who love a decent, cheap small car.


Start: Enmax Centre, 2510 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 1N2

Start schedule:

Meet @ 8am sharp for initial judging/ worst car show in the world

9:30am Driver’s meeting

10:00 Start


Finish: 255 University Drive W, Lethbridge, AB

Scoring, awards, BBQ, and sharing stories! We will try to have everyone in by late afternoon/supper time.


I look forward to seeing you all! Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page if you have further questions


Event requirements

Entrants will be required to electronically sign a liability waiver and a self-tech form prior to the event, via speedwaiver. Details will be shared with entrants closer to the event.

Any teams with minors travelling along will also need to fill and sign a parental consent waiver.

Entries (15)

Wyatt Smith
Rocky Robinson
Matt Johnston
Dustin Vipond
Carl Wenstrom
Kelsey Bolink
Kirk Beler
Dale Kitto

Enmax Centre

Lethbridge, Alberta


Fun Run/Tour organized by

Lethbridge Sports Car Club

The Great Beater Challenge

Sat, Aug 24 - Sun, Aug 25, 2024