The 2017 Chop Top Challenge

By The Chop Top Challenge (other events)

Fri, Mar 31 2017 9:00 AM Mon, Apr 3 2017 5:00 PM

Potential Teams: You can register until the day before the event, but now in order to register you must email us with the answers to the following trivia questions about the hit 2000s sitcom Malcolm in the Middle (80% is passing):

1. What started the infamous prank war between Malcolm and Reese?
2. What’s the license plate number on the ’67 Barracuda that Malcolm bought with his winnings from gambling at the horse track?
3. What happened on “The Long Drive”?
4. According to Hal, who invented the in-car urination system?
5. What kind of fish does Malcolm catch during the joint family vacation with the Kenarbans?
6. What popular kids toy is in Hal’s “maybe” pile when he is cleaning out the garage to make room for the van?
7. How does Reese get Jackie to get out of the driver’s seat during his driving lesson?
8. What three things happen in Hal’s prophetic vision when he won the Super Jackpot?
9. Why is Hal so popular at the Burning Man festival?
10. Who is the most popular Krelboyne?


The 2017 Chop Top Challenge is a road rally where teams compete to get the most points while traveling from Chicago to Las Vegas in a car that they chopped the top off of. It will take place from March 31 to April 3, 2017.

The teams that complete the challenge will meet in Vegas on Monday afternoon for an awards ceremony with a cash prize going to the overall winnner. The cash prize will be the total of all the entry fees minus party and related expenses. This could be $10,000 or maybe $81 (or 5000 pesos).


1. Your vehicle must be one that was not offered from the factory with a convertible option. The vehicle must have no top and no windshield.
2. Full face helmets must be worn by all participants during the road rally. There is an exemption for the Vegas Strip.
3. Participants must obey all driving laws (speed limits, road signs, seat belts, proper insurance & registration). You really don’t need to be speeding in a car that is arguably already quite dangerous.

1. It is strongly recommended that you weld the doors shut and have a roll cage in the vehicle.  Safety first.
2. Warm clothes.  Vegas is not fun if you are still dealing with the effects of hypothermia.  Like, seriously warm clothes. (Like I thought I was gonna lounge the whole way down in sandals and shorts with a hoodie on and I ended up wearing every piece of clothing I owned.)
3. Snow tires might be a good option (Chicago in April, could be 60, could be -20 )
4. In-helmet walkie talkies with music capabilities is a must if you want to have any fun. Like seriously essential.