David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/18/13 1:02 p.m.

Presented by Kumho Tire, Powered by eBay Motors, Sponsored by CRC Industries.

A Honda Civic dressed up like a Subaru WRC rally racer.

A VW Beetle turned into the hot rod featured in American Graffiti.

A Morris Minor bearing a striking resemblance to notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett.

In the end, though, the winner was a flamed Dodge Shadow powered by a fire-breathing turbo Dodge engine. The Dodge, aptly entered by Patrick Culkin of the Shelby Dodge Auto Club, rocketed down the quarter-mile in 11.319 seconds.

Welcome to the Grassroots Motorsports $2013 Challenge Presented by Kumho Tire, Powered by eBay Motors, Sponsored by CRC Industries, a motorsports event that rewards creativity—and those who can watch the budget. The basics are simple: Faced with a $2013 budget cap, teams compete in drag racing, autocross competition, and concours judging. This year's event took place November 15-16 at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.

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