Sat, Aug 28 - Sun, Aug 29, 2021

The Great Beater Challenge

Pure Casino Lethbridge

About this event

GBC 2021- “Flatland Fails”

Date: August 28-29, 2021

Day 1: Lethbridge, AB – Cadillac, SK via Foremost, Manyberries, Consul, Shaunavon, etc (447km)

Day 1 Route

Day 2: Cadillac SK – Lethbridge, AB via Orkney, Climax, Divide, Maple Creek, Taber, etc (542km)

Day 2 Route


Goal: 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 cost.


Budget: $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.

No $1 nice cars that you bought from yourself – keep it real folks

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 HERE, 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 recieve a penalty of -3pts per $1 over budget.


Entry fee: $60, if paid before August 1st, 2021. Late entry fee for after this date is $100.

Entries open March 15th, 2020!!

These funds go to cover the event insurance, pay for our volunteer sweep teams fuel costs, awards, and any remaining money is donated directly to our chosen charity.

*NEW* Entries and payment are handled by MSReg this year. Link will be provided and posted in all locations prior to opening of entries.

Camping will be available at Cadillac Campground, which is a free site but runs off donations. More details on this to come.

Entries will be capped at 100 teams!  If all 100 are full, extras will be placed on a waiting list in case of dropouts.


Charity: Interfaith Food Bank Lethbridge

Teams are free to raise money independently for any charity of their choice, be it our selected one, or another which is close to your heart, and prizes will be awarded for the teams which raise the most money! Please provide proof of your donations to receive said points.


Eligibility: 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. I 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 and competitors, and passengers. A minor waiver will be provided for the parent/gaurdian of underage passengers to sign.


Scoring: 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:
+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
+100 for Italian
+125 for English
+150 for French, or Chinese
+250 for Eastern Block
+100 for a defunct automaker, and +50 for every decade past 1990 the automaker has been out of business

Judge’s Decision:
+0-200 for Costumes, Theme, Vehicle Modifications
+0-200 for General condition of vehicle/likeliness to fail

On the Road:
+50 for finishing the day’s route
+10-150 for optional checkpoints and challenges en route


+1 per km travelled 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

-LOTS for poor behavior!

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

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


-Special for our trip to SASK-

+100pts for adapting running boards to your vehicle

+100pts for at least one member of your team wearing double denim

+50pts for roof mounted cab marker lights

+50pts for Saskatchewan Roughriders memorabilia in/on your vehicle


Feature Car:

As of last year, we will now have a featured car each event. 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. This time it is:

Chevy Cavalier/Pontiac Sunfire     +150 (plus an extra 50 pts if it is a factory convertible)

“I’ll be honest with you…. I hate the Cavalier/Sunfire… BUT, they are super common in the plains of Saskatchewan, and it’s be a shame if we didn’t at least recognize their cockroach type inability to die. Get yourself lots of points and get a convertible, and outfit it with running boards, Roughriders flags, and wear some double denim”


Start: Pure Casino Lethbridge at 3756 2 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB

More details to come


Finish: Pure Casino Lethbridge at 3756 2 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB

More details to come



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

Event requirements

Entrants will be required to sign a liability waiver and self-tech form at the registration table at our starting point.

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

Entries (96)

Les Tuck
David Saunders
Darcy Kraus
Rodney Badiuk
Blayne Simpson
Chad McKernan
Martin Egge
Chris Heim

Pure Casino Lethbridge

Lethbridge, Alberta


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The Great Beater Challenge

Event over!