Grassroots Motorsports $2014 Challenge

Oct 24 - Oct 25 at Gainesville, FL

Who says going fast—like really fast—takes a load of cash? Not the staff of Grassroots Motorsports.

For more than a dozen years, the magazine's staff has been hosting their $2000 Challenge. The basic premise is simple: Teams are dared to buy, build and prepare a car without spending more than the budget cap, which is always equal to the year of the competition. For this year, teams are limited to $2014.

Think these cars are all piles of junk? Think again. The level of craftsmanship seen at the annual event is staggering, and the cars have been brutally quick, posting quarter mile times that would make a new Lamborghini or Porsche blush. Yes, we're talking 10-second cars built for just two grand.

Then there's the creativity. We’ve seen just about everything, from a Richard Petty tribute Honda Civic and a Corvette with active aero to a VW Bug worthy of “American Graffiti.” We also have seen—and we absolutely welcome—all crapcan racers from the 24 Hours of LeMons, including their full regalia.

This year’s Grassroots Motorsports $2014 Challenge takes place at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville, Florida, home of the NHRA Gatornationals, October 24-25, 2014. The rules have been heavily revised and simplified for this year, putting the focus on the thrill of cool cars rather than the minutiae of rules hawking.

It’s the people, too, as the event regularly attracts repeat entrants from across the country: Maryland, Texas, California and more. Whether you’ve been involved in motorsports for years or you’re a rookie, we guarantee you’ll make new friends and learn something in the process.

Just want to watch and check it out? There’s no charge to spectate, roam the paddock, or spend the weekend in the bleachers.

If you have questions, contact Rick Goolsby.

Entry Form

To enter the challenge, please fill out the Vehicle Information Form and the $2014 Challenge Entry Form and send them both to Rick Goolsby.

Host Hotel

The host hotel for this year’s Challenge is the Best Western Gateway Grand, located at 4200 NW 97th Blvd., Gainesville, Fla., 32606. Book a room by calling them at (352) 331-3336 and ask for the GRM block. Rate is $92.00 per night.


The rules are substantially revised for this year! Make sure you read them through, print them out and refer to them often.

Click here to see the complete rules.

Rules for valve cover racing are here:

Latest Updates

Updates for this event will be posted here once they become official.

September 18
New event at the Challenge for the first 20 entrants. General Tire Challenge autocross IROC-style. Two identical 2014 Fiat 500 Abarths fitted with General Tire’s G-Max AS-03 rubber. Also a new class for last chance challengers. Stay tuned for details on how you can enter this class. Trust me, it will be interesting.

September 16
We have a great pro driver line up for those competitors that want to post fast times in the autocross. Please welcome Dan Shields, Alan McCrispin, Ian Stewart, and Mike King.

September 4
Watch for major announcement next week on a new partner and new event at this year's $2014 Challenge. I would get my entry in ASAP as you will not want to miss out on this opportunity!

August 8
Hope everyone has been working on their cars because we are less than 3 months away from the $2014 Challenge! We will have some exciting news to share shortly on a couple new partners this year that could create an event within an event if you know what I mean.

Event Details:

Start: Oct. 24, 2014, End: Oct. 25, 2014
Gainesville FL
Region: Nationwide

Contact Info:

Rick Goolsby

Holly Hill, FL 32117

Affiliated Club:

Martin Sports Car Club


Grassroots Motorsports $2014 Challenge

Oct. 24 Oct. 25 Auto Plus Raceway Gainesville, FL
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