Hooniverse Asks: What's your favorite type of non-conventional motorsport?

Jetsprint boat racing remains one of the craziest form of motorsport that I’ve come across. The speeds are so fast that the action on video appears to be fast forwarded. A co-pilot uses quick hand signals to relay the upcoming turns as the pair navigate a swampy course at an incredibly high rate.
We wrote about Jetsprint back in 2010 and it remains affixed to a piece of my brain to this day. I think about it probably twice a month.
What else is out there that some of us might not know about… but we should. Share your favorite lesser known form of motorsport below.

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29 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What's your favorite type of non-conventional motorsport?”

  1. P161911 Avatar

    The sheer insanity and ingenuity of Swamp Buggy Racing.

    1. Ross Ballot Avatar
      Ross Ballot

      Oh man, as a kid I couldn’t get enough of the Swamp Buggy Racing. Used to watch on TV with my dad every Friday night.

      1. neight428 Avatar

        Pre-Spike Network TNN sports were the best!

    2. GTXcellent Avatar

      Absolutely loved, cherished (and amazingly still remember) watching Swamp Buggy Racing on Diamond P Motorsports on TNN (that’s The Nashville Network for you yungens) when I was a mere lad. I can still remember – Leonard and Eddie Chesser. Buggy names like Rubber Duck, Cold Duck. The ‘Sippi Hole’ and the Swamp Buggy Queen – hell yeah Naples, Florida. You created the greatest motorsport of all!

  2. Ross Ballot Avatar
    Ross Ballot

    Rock Bouncing. I’m absolutely obsessed with it at the moment.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Those homemade steeltube cages are amazing.

      1. Ross Ballot Avatar
        Ross Ballot

        The craftsmanship involved in many of the builds is truly spectacular. That it stands up to the abuse it’s subjected to is even wilder.

    2. Vairship Avatar

      It seems so obvious that these guys should be sponsored by a laundry detergent company, and yet…

  3. GTXcellent Avatar

    An obvious bias given where I live, but I love Snowcross – I can push a sled pretty hard (or at least I did in my braver, younger, dumber days) but I ride like a pup compared to these maniacs.

  4. ptschett Avatar

    Tractor pulling. I particularly like the turbodiesels but the multi-engine / turbine / Allison ones are interesting in their bonkers-ness.

  5. neight428 Avatar

    I don’t know if I’d say I’m a fan necessarily, but the whole idea of a motocross version of motorcycle sidecar racing is fascinating.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      I just discovered Sidecarcross last week. When Last Call was that Van Veen motorcycle I went looking for other Dutch-made motorcycles and found some sidecarcross frame manufacturers.
      I love that there’s no convention for which side the car is mounted to. That has to make track layout a real fine science.

      1. neight428 Avatar

        If there was actual science involved in that lunacy, that would make it all the more intriguing.

  6. 0A5599 Avatar

    I wondered if anyone had thought to invent a motorsport combined with a second, unrelated, skill.
    Apparently so.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Meh, the shooting needs to be done while belted in the car.

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  7. Ross Ballot Avatar
    Ross Ballot

    Honorable mention: Barbie Jeep racing

  8. tonyola Avatar

    Heavy truck racing. Fantastic and ridiculous at the same time.

    1. Ross Ballot Avatar
      Ross Ballot

      I just started that series in Forza 7 last night. Stupid fun. Or: stupid, fun. Both apply.

  9. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    Sure to popular with more than just a select few on here.
    Citroën 2CV racing, and particularly 24 hr 2CV racing.

    1. neight428 Avatar

      How many laps did the winner complete, 4 or 5?

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Oh they’re not that slow, it may have been as many as 8 or 9.
        No, I’m joking, Snetterton is not that big, whether the 300 or the 200 layout. Last year, the winner completed 566 Laps despite the race being stopped for 5 and a half hours due to Fog. They get quite large fields of entry, and there is free camping, (since it’s in Britain, in things called tents, not the more effete American affectation of mobile homes.)

        1. Monkey10is Avatar

          …and, in fairness: Thursday is market day, so the town square in Snetterton is really congested.
          (If I could only get in a clean lap outside of school term-time and avoiding the queue for the Post Office; I think I’d set a lap record…)

        2. neight428 Avatar

          Looks like grand fun, apart from the homeless impersonation festival in the lower photograph. I’m no warmer on RV’s though as I see them as made for suckers that can’t price out how many hotel rooms they will have to forego before the thing becomes economic. When your wife and kids whine for the eight hour return trip, you end up springing for a hotel anyway; lose/lose proposition those things. Unless you’re actually homeless and kind of ok with the lifestyle.

  10. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    A little shout out from down here in New Zealand, where the jet-boat was invented in 1954 by Sir William Hamilton, (he was knighted for doing so). And jet boat manouvering and racing were invented.
    The boats here aren’t fibreglass coffins, they’re welded aluminium or stainless steel, because some races take place in our many stone and gravel based rivers and fibreglass would abrade away too quickly. We also hold the races in more ordinary stadiums, not much water is needed to flood a temporary course. The power to weight of these creations is insane.

  11. crank_case Avatar

    Truck trials, possibly the most relaxing form of motorsport to watch, it’s like regular trials, where people try to thread cars through a course marked out by a series very narrow gates, only with huge off road trucks.
    For hilarity, off road motorycle hillclimb, the sight of some lad giving it a bit to much welly trying to get up the hill, having is motorycle fly up from underneath him then that dawning nanosecond of realization as he looks up in the air and needs to run away back down the hill out of it’s inevitable gravity aided return just doesn’t get old. This probably makes me a bad person.

  12. Monkey10is Avatar

    P.S. Jeff — what a great ‘Hooniverse asks…’; the comment stream has so many contributions worth watching in full.