Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar SuperDork
1/7/09 7:43 a.m.

What do you get when you put together two Honda CRXs, a Ford Mustang, a Chevy Corvette and a Chevy work van?

Although most people would come up with some kind of corny punch line when faced with this question, Denny Crabill saw it as the recipe for a successful entry in the Kumho Tires Grassroots Motorsports $2004 Challenge Presented by CRC Industries.

As most of our readers already know, the GRM Challenge events inspire a lot of original thinking, since entrants must buy, build and campaign their cars in three competition events—an autocross, drag race and concours—all on a two-grand budget.

Denny Crabill’s Honda/Honda/Ford/Chevy/Chevy (which will, in the interest of brevity, be hereinafter referred to as simply the CRX), was both original and sophisticated enough to claim the 2004 Best Engineered and Editors’ Choice awards for Crabill Racing, as well as a fourth-place overall finish.

In order to win the GRM Challenge Best Engineered award, a competitor has to show more than just original thinking, sound engineering and quality fabrication skills; something that makes the editors say “wow!” is really necessary. Taking home the Editors’ Choice award requires a competitor to show some style with functionality, something that makes the staff say “cool.”

In other words, separating yourself from the event’s 70-odd participants takes more than the usual dose of skill, talent and creativity. And Crabill Racing accomplished all this in just six months of work.

Although the Crabill CRX provoked quite a bit of “shock and awe” from those who saw it in Gainesville last spring, those who recalled Denny Crabill as a member of the Mongrel Motorsports team were probably a little less surprised. The Mongrel team had won the overall honors at the Challenge in both 2002 and 2003.

When the Mongrels decided not to enter the 2004 event, Denny and some friends who had participated in the previous Challenges together decided that they’d had so much fun, they wanted to try it again with a third different car. “That’s something that even Mike Guido didn’t do,” Denny says with a smile, referring to the five-time Challenge competitor and two-time overall champion who is also known as “The World’s Fastest Clown.”

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stk_88_ef New Reader
10/24/09 1:23 p.m.

Im going outside to work on my crx right now!

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