The Grassroots Motorsports $2015 Challenge Is this Weekend

Team Gutty's Civic/Subaru was a big hit at last year's event.

Who’s ready for some fun low-buck racing? We have 55 teams heading to Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, this Friday to compete in the Grassroots Motorsports $2015 Challenge Driven by General Tire and sponsored by Miller Electric, CRC Industries and Pulstar Spark Plugs. You all know the parameters: You have $2015 to create a car to excel in autocross, drag racing and a concours event.

This is the largest field we’ve seen since 2009. Want to come enjoy it in person? Spectators always get in for free. And because we don’t believe in velvet ropes, virtually every area (except for the courses themselves) is open to onlookers. Don’t forget, Al Unser Jr. Will also be in attendance as a judge for the concours portion of the event.

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Javelin
Javelin MegaDork
10/19/15 9:44 a.m.

Oh good, there's still plenty of time to build a car.

JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 MegaDork
10/19/15 9:57 a.m.

In reply to Javelin:

Or buy a car!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/19/15 10:23 a.m.

My friend just bought his the other day. Looks like we'll have at least one P71 in the field.

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk UltraDork
10/19/15 10:34 a.m.

I'll be spectating. The project car is about a decade away from completion.

pimpm3
pimpm3 Dork
10/19/15 11:59 a.m.

I just bought one this morning, make that 56 entries...

Danny Shields
Danny Shields Reader
10/19/15 12:06 p.m.

Plus, we will see some of the past participants coming back for the 15th anniversary of this landmark event. Don't know how many of those are entered and how many will just show up, if they can get the car loaded. Great weather forecast, should be fantastic!

moparman76_69
moparman76_69 UltraDork
10/19/15 12:16 p.m.

le sigh

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Editorial Assistant
10/19/15 1:01 p.m.

And we just took another late entry over the phone. Someone scored an E36 M3 for $1500. That brings us to 57 entrants. I'll have to dig through past issues, but I think that might be a new record.

sethmeister4
sethmeister4 SuperDork
10/19/15 1:25 p.m.

Sweet! Can't wait to be a part of this!

eastsidemav
eastsidemav Dork
10/19/15 1:30 p.m.
Ed Higginbotham wrote: And we just took another late entry over the phone. Someone scored an E36 M3 for $1500. That brings us to 57 entrants. I'll have to dig through past issues, but I think that might be a new record.

I think the 2005 event (first one I competed in) was up in the 60s.

Everyone have fun down there this weekend!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/19/15 2:06 p.m.
pimpm3 wrote: I just bought one this morning, make that 56 entries...

Sweet.

jr02518
jr02518 Reader
10/19/15 2:58 p.m.

Someone should bring a radiator for the M3, it is a BMW after all.

bgkast
bgkast UberDork
10/19/15 3:07 p.m.

If I leave now I should make it in time.

Unfortunately that isn't in the cards this year.

PseudoSport
PseudoSport Dork
10/19/15 3:35 p.m.

Anyone building valve cover racers this year? Haven't seen any talk about those yet.

wheels777
wheels777 Dork
10/19/15 3:54 p.m.
Ed Higginbotham wrote: And we just took another late entry over the phone. Someone scored an E36 M3 for $1500. That brings us to 57 entrants. I'll have to dig through past issues, but I think that might be a new record.

40 in 2001

59 in 2002

65 in 2003

77 in 2004

63 in 2005

61 in 2006

?? in 2007

52 in 2008

56 in 2009

53 in 2010

?? in 2011

?? in 2012

39 in 2013

34 in 2014

57+ in 2015

The new rules rock!!!

stan_d
stan_d Dork
10/19/15 4:11 p.m.

I brought a valve cover racer. It is same breed as my car again.

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette UltraDork
10/19/15 5:03 p.m.

skate board attach valve cover with wire tyes done

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
10/20/15 8:34 a.m.

I'll be bringing one.

Kia_Racer
Kia_Racer Dork
10/20/15 8:41 a.m.

Good luck to all the participants. One of these years I will make it.

spin_out
spin_out Reader
10/20/15 8:47 a.m.

I'm bringing 3 VCRs (Valve Cover Racers). The Chrome ones are for my team. The Green Flat head in the back of the 2nd photo will have a "for sale" sign on it.

I'm just crossing my fingers I don't lose to a skateboard with a valve cover held on with a rubber band. :)

Andy, thanks for all the numbers.

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/20/15 10:17 a.m.

Forecast looks great this weekend. We have the most entrants we have had in 10 years. I should get there early Thursday afternoon, after I stop and pickup up ramp truck parts at NPD in Ocala.

patgizz
patgizz PowerDork
10/20/15 1:59 p.m.

who else put off hotel reservations and is not staying at the best western?

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette UltraDork
10/20/15 3:33 p.m.
patgizz wrote: who else put off hotel reservations and is not staying at the best western?

Local rental van stay in parking lot + pass out leech internet what the hard part ? local enterprise said NINTY BUX 3 DAYS

FE3tMX5
FE3tMX5 New Reader
10/23/15 8:34 a.m.

What's the "GRM Challenge 2015" live streaming URL?

dyintorace
dyintorace UberDork
10/23/15 8:54 a.m.

Ed - You guys should look into using the Periscope app to broadcast the event. I've used it several times now to watch live events and it is fantastic. Easy to set up.

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
10/23/15 9:46 a.m.

We are using it. Our Periscope username is grm_mag. Ed's just about to take a bike riding tour of the paddock, so check it out!

Apis Mellifera
Apis Mellifera HalfDork
10/23/15 10:41 a.m.
FE3tMX5 wrote: What's the "GRM Challenge 2015" live streaming URL?

My guess is it will be an audio-only broadcast via police scanner with a supplementary video feed courteous of WCJB-TV if someone steps up the awesome.

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit UberDork
10/23/15 10:54 a.m.

Just added grm to my Periscope list.

FE3tMX5
FE3tMX5 New Reader
10/23/15 11:59 a.m.

https://www.periscope.tv/grm_mag/1nAJEvWDdpvxL

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