Secret Santa GRM Edition Unboxing Video

Posted by Ed Higginbotham Jan. 5, 2018, 12:03 p.m.
The Grassroots Motorsports forum hosts a secret Santa every year, and David just got his box in the mail. Check out what’s inside!
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Rallycrossing in a Locost

Posted by Ed Higginbotham Dec. 5, 2017, 2:02 p.m.
Remember that home-brew Locost we featured in a video a few months ago? We thought you’d enjoy an onboard video of it enjoying some rallycross action. This car was built by Paul Wright and is based around a Honda S2000 drivetrain.
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Dec. 5, 2017 11:35 p.m.

Well that looked really, really fun

NOHOME UltimaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 6:10 a.m.

Yeah, the drive is cool and all, but I want to know more about the post apocalyptic zombie-hood venue? What is that place?

bluej UltraDork
Dec. 6, 2017 6:24 a.m.

cinderblock course markers? woah.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 8:14 a.m.

A locost wouldn’t be my first choice for rallycross, but it works in that tight venue. Mostly pre-vtec in second gear from the looks of it. With some course familiarity, that could be really, really quick. 

Dec. 6, 2017 8:36 a.m.

Holy moly that looks like a fun venue. I saw palm trees so unfortunately that is a LONG way from where i live.

GameboyRMH MegaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 8:41 a.m.
NOHOME said:

Yeah, the drive is cool and all, but I want to know more about the post apocalyptic zombie-hood venue? What is that place?

Carlstromring, recognized it right away.

Edit: At 8:07 you can see they still haven't put down any water barrels or tires on the scariest corner. Also that engine sounds like it's running on 3 cylinders at most.

mazdeuce - Seth
Dec. 6, 2017 8:53 a.m.

I'd drive there in a heartbeat, but there's not enough liability insurance in the world to make me want to be part of organizing something like that. Looks awesome.

Kreb UltraDork
Dec. 6, 2017 9:07 a.m.

A 10-minute-lap post-apocalyptic racetrack? I don't care what the car choice would be, I just want to run that sucker!

Toyman01 MegaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 9:22 a.m.

The car didn't sound too healthy but that did look like buckets of fun.

I wouldn't drive the Abomination on it, but it would be a hoot in the P71.

Aeromoto Dork
Dec. 6, 2017 9:34 a.m.

That's the Carlstromring. The one and only event ever to take place there. During the 2nd run group of the day, two cars on course hit live power poles almost simultaneously, both starting ground fires when the power likes hit the ground. A 3 ring circus ensued with pretty much every emergency vehicle in the county responding. That was a wrap on that. I ran my Versa on SM7s and did pretty good. It was fun for the two laps it lasted.

ProDarwin PowerDork
Dec. 6, 2017 9:35 a.m.

Well, can't say I'm surprised.  That course looked like a giant safety nightmare.

GameboyRMH MegaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 9:46 a.m.

Not surprised, but I'm sure at least 2 events took place there.

Edit: Nope, searching back it was indeed just one, in Feburary 2016.

Lof8 Dork
Dec. 6, 2017 9:52 a.m.

So close to me and I missed the only event :(  forever kicking myself for that one. 

Aeromoto Dork
Dec. 6, 2017 10:17 a.m.

Ivor lost his lease soon after. The property has sold and is being repurposed. He had to pay to fix the power grid and for the emergency response. Ivor used to own the FIRM rally school. He supposedly has a new venue somewhere in south Florida but no one has details yet. 

Ivor is one of a kind. For the drive through at this event, he gridded the field up to follow him through the course in his Escalade. My friend Ken was first in line in his fully prepped Subaru, I was next in my Versa, and behind me was the rest of the 48 car field. So Ivor is in the Escalade leading the field, and riding with him are three journalists from somewhere I can't remember. I was thinking it would be a low speed drive through, as one would expect. Nope! He freaking takes off in the Escalade, drifting, sliding, and slinging that porky thing around the corners. Ken and I are surprised but keeping pace. A few turns in I look in my mirrors and there is no more 48 cars behind us, Just the Escalade with Ken and I in tow. We finally get to the finish. Ken and I are in amazement and the Escalade is boiling with hot tires, brakes, and that hot coolant smell. He jumps out cursing in an english accent, wondering where the f'ck the rest of the field went, and then storms off in the poor Escalade to find the rest of the field that got lost when they lost sight of us. Ken and I were looking at each other like WTF just happened? After we got back 5 or 6 guys refused to run and asked for their entry money back. It was a blast but we just knew someone was going to eat it big, and then they did. 


Kreb UltraDork
Dec. 6, 2017 10:50 a.m.

You could make a movie out of that one. I don't know what Ivor looks like, but I envision someone like Ian Mcshane reprising his role in Deadwood: "Cocksuckers! Damn Japanese cocksuckers should be able to keep up with an Escalade!"

ojannen Reader
Dec. 6, 2017 12:42 p.m.

Still one of the dumber things I have done in a car.  It was fun while it lasted.

Lof8 Dork
Dec. 6, 2017 12:46 p.m.

In reply to Aeromoto :

That is ducking hilarious!!

Toyman01 MegaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 1:02 p.m.
GameboyRMH MegaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 1:38 p.m.

^I must watch this movie. Turns out it's called "Hooper" rather than "Explosiontown" as you might expect laugh

Toyman01 MegaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 1:47 p.m.

In reply to GameboyRMH :

That is the first movie I ever watched in a theater. It was with my Dad at the Ultravision theater here in Charleston. It was spectacularly AWESOME!! I was 11.

I have loved car movies and TV shows ever since. 


jstein77 UltraDork
Dec. 6, 2017 1:49 p.m.

That was the farthest thing you could imagine from a rallycross.  It looked closer to a tarmac WRC stage rally, minus the spectators lining the roadway.  With all the exposed dangers (concrete, phone poles, etc.) I'm really surprised it was insured at all.

Stefan MegaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 1:52 p.m.

More info on the location:

I suspect Power Auto Corporation is the company that now used to own it.

APEowner HalfDork
Dec. 6, 2017 1:53 p.m.

That course looks like someone read everything they could about creating a safe race track and then deliberately did the opposite.  If you compare it to stage rallying and hill climbs I suppose it's not bad but...

Knurled. MegaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 4:36 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

A locost wouldn’t be my first choice for rallycross, but it works in that tight venue.

Nor mine, as there's basically no way in hell the SCCA would run it nowadays.


Driven5 SuperDork
Dec. 6, 2017 4:44 p.m.
jstein77 said:

I'm really surprised it was insured at all.

If it's accurate that he personally had to pay to fix the power grid and for the emergency response, are you certain that it was?

irish44j UltimaDork
Dec. 6, 2017 10:09 p.m.

Hah, Jesse Yuvali ran his S52 e30 stage rally car at that event (on non-rally street tires). He's an experienced stage driver and has been on plenty of podiums, but I remember him telling me about how sketchy that venue was to him, lol....

Dec. 7, 2017 10:01 a.m.

In reply to Knurled. :

I wonder if that car would be legal in the new open class?

Aeromoto Dork
Dec. 7, 2017 11:16 a.m.

In reply to irish44j :

Jesse Is a friend of mine. He was a regular at our CFR rallycross events. He's a good dude.

NOHOME UltimaDork
Dec. 7, 2017 2:12 p.m.

What did that place used to be before the Zombie invasion?


It reminds me of the abandoned Naval housing base in Puerto Rico that me and my brothers used to sneak go-carts and mini-bikes into way back in the 60's. Fond memories of the MPs chasing us, even though we usually got caught and drug home in shame.  They never did confiscate the wheels!

Lof8 Dork
Dec. 7, 2017 3:02 p.m.

In reply to NOHOME :

It was some kind of WW2 barracks and training facility from what I recall hearing. 

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Onboard the Fastest Autocross Car at the Grassroots Motorsports $2017 Challenge

Posted by Ed Higginbotham Nov. 10, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Georgia Tech Wreck Racing dominated the autocross portion of the Grassroots Motorsports $2017 Challenge by more than a second in their Subaru-powered Honda Insight. This was not their fastest run of the day, but it gives you an idea of the car’s performance.
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spin_out HalfDork
Nov. 10, 2017 11:33 a.m.

Hey, that's me working station 1. 

I assume John Thomas was the driver.  

GameboyRMH MegaDork
Nov. 10, 2017 11:42 a.m.

Doesn't look nearly as quick as you'd expect...but you can see the Insight's secret: Rotation, rotation, rotation!

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
Nov. 10, 2017 12:21 p.m.

This was one of their earlier runs. They definitely dialed it in with the last couple.

Patrick MegaDork
Nov. 10, 2017 1:04 p.m.
spin_out said:

Hey, that's me working station 1. 

I assume John Thomas was the driver.  

GT kids do all their own driving IIRC

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Those Who Spin Together

Posted by Ed Higginbotham Nov. 8, 2017, 9:03 a.m.
Florida autocrossers Jeremiah and Danielle Hemphill at The FIRM last week. Spinning in the exact same spot because family is the only thing that matters.
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How to build an electric BMX bike and hurt yourself with it!

Posted by Ed Higginbotham Oct. 26, 2017, 3:06 p.m.
Maybe no a motorsports video, but Mike Kelley used to come to our $2000 Challenge.
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GameboyRMH MegaDork
Oct. 26, 2017 3:12 p.m.

It's a motor-bicycle now, so yes it is a motorsports video!

Devilsolsi Reader
Oct. 26, 2017 3:36 p.m.

Ask Matt Hoffman on his mega quarterpipe back in the day. Except the motor he put on his bike wasn't electric.

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2001 Acura Integra Type R at The FIRM

Posted by Miles Wilson Oct. 6, 2017, 3:51 p.m.
Scott Lear takes his DC4 2001 Acura Integra Type R out to The FIRM for a series of track laps.
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Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
Oct. 6, 2017 3:27 p.m.

IMHO--- best Honda ever made.

Oct. 6, 2017 4:55 p.m.

I've known this car since it was new.  I really admire how Scott still has it!

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GRM $2016 Challenge Drag Pass, Parking Lot Build vs. Fraulein Rust

Posted by Miles Wilson Oct. 5, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Amazingly, this G.I. Joe-inspired Challenge entry was built in just 48 hours in a parking lot. Going from a stock 1997 Pontiac Firebird to the caged, painted car you see staging in the left lane. Their top time was a 13.965 in the quarter mile, staged against Team Fraulein Rust with their 1974 BMW 2002.
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Stampie SuperDork
Oct. 5, 2017 1:43 p.m.

I might be biased but I love that BMW. 

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Circuit Motorsports Justang $2016 GRM Challenge Drag Pass

Posted by Miles Wilson Sept. 28, 2017, 3:22 p.m.
What on earth is a Justang? If you watch our GRM Live! show, you already know. Subaru nuts at Circuit Motorsports swapped Mustang Cobra parts into this Subaru Justy and competed at our $2016 Challenge. Their best drag time was a 14.496, screaming through the lights with Ford V8 fury. The swap did wonders for handling, as they also placed first in the autocross segment, beating the competition by 0.8 seconds.
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2015 UTCC Ultimate Track Camaro SS Hot Laps

Posted by Miles Wilson Sept. 27, 2017, 3:08 p.m.
Ride along during the 2015 UTCC as our own J.G. Pasterjak takes on The Esses in our project Ultimate Track Camaro. He logged a best time of 2:12.336 around VIRginia International Raceway in this red-hot ride.
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Ford SVT Focus Track Day at Sebring International Raceway

Posted by Miles Wilson Sept. 25, 2017, 3:51 p.m.
Our editor Tom spent some time testing our project RallyCross Ford SVT Focus out at Sebring International Raceway.
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