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.
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.
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