A Brief Tour Through the $2015 Challenge Field

https://www.youtube.com/embed/oI7nLQ0FEyw

Didn’t make it to Gainesville, Florida, for the Grassroots Motorsports $2015 Challenge Driven by General Tire? The Florida Times-Union created this video tour through the paddock.

Stampie
Stampie Reader
11/2/15 10:11 a.m.

Man I get a wreaking yard car comment on my Miata? I see how it is.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Editorial Assistant
11/2/15 11:10 a.m.

In reply to Stampie:

I personally loved your Miata art car.

Spinout007
Spinout007 UberDork
11/2/15 11:22 a.m.

Someone told him what E36 M3 and Amy stand for didn't they? No comment what so ever on the LMP themed Miata.

Stampie
Stampie Reader
11/2/15 11:56 a.m.
Ed Higginbotham wrote: In reply to Stampie: I personally loved your Miata art car.

Lol yea. Actually I probably did save it from the junkyard. Sub $1000 running Miatas don't just sit on Craigslist for 2 days.

sethmeister4
sethmeister4 SuperDork
11/2/15 12:53 p.m.

I guess mine does look like a box stock Maxima...no idea it isn't stock unless you know Maximas. Kinda like that it's a sleeper though. . Good overview video though.

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
11/2/15 2:52 p.m.

I want to know a lot more about the Neon!!!

JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 MegaDork
11/2/15 3:00 p.m.
dean1484 wrote: I want to know a lot more about the Neon!!!

I heard...440 wedge motor living mostly under the would-be dashboard area.
Fox body Mustang rear axle so therefore a 4 bolt lug pattern which testing now reveals is likely too weak for the power it puts down.

Danny Shields
Danny Shields Reader
11/2/15 3:20 p.m.

Very cool. I was there, and I still learned things from the video. You guys are amazing!

ckosacranoid
ckosacranoid Dork
11/4/15 7:28 p.m.

dang it...i didnt even get into the background even for my subby wagon and i am bummed dang it...sigh.....

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
11/4/15 7:57 p.m.
Spinout007 wrote: No comment what so ever on the LMP themed Miata.

Nope. No love at all.

I don't think he could have worked any harder to miss it. It's immediately outside of virtually every shot. Some of those shots must have been taken sitting on it's hood.

Can I have those 500 or so hours of my life back?

patgizz
patgizz PowerDork
11/4/15 8:00 p.m.
SVreX wrote:
Spinout007 wrote: No comment what so ever on the LMP themed Miata.

Nope. No love at all.

I don't think he could have worked any harder to miss it. It's immediately outside of virtually every shot. Some of those shots must have been taken sitting on it's hood.

Can I have those 500 or so hours of my life back?

if it makes you feel better, i loved your hardtop work and my car is nowhere to be found in the video either.

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
11/4/15 8:02 p.m.

In reply to patgizz:

True. And I also loved your Z.

Mutual Admiration Society now adjourned.

JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 MegaDork
11/4/15 8:13 p.m.
SVreX wrote:
Spinout007 wrote: No comment what so ever on the LMP themed Miata.

Can I have those 500 or so hours of my life back?

However, Lincoln bought on Monday and it's brethren got a pretty big billing. Oh, the irony

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
11/4/15 8:35 p.m.

In reply to JohnRW1621:

So, you're saying don't try and things will go better??

Ummm...

JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 MegaDork
11/4/15 8:44 p.m.

No. Keep trying.

Just irony.

The things you "fabricators" accomplish continues to amaze me.
I'm still serious, I'd buy a fastback top for my Miata if you were taking orders.

All in all, badass!

Spinout007
Spinout007 UberDork
11/5/15 11:20 a.m.
SVreX wrote:
Spinout007 wrote: No comment what so ever on the LMP themed Miata.

Can I have those 500 or so hours of my life back?

Can I ask the same... I sincerely hoped that car would have gone over better than it did, I don't think people quite realize the time and effort that went into that car. Makes me really leery of ever doing something like that again.

TeamEvil
TeamEvil Dork
11/5/15 11:59 a.m.

NICE ! ! !

Sure wish that there was one of those closer to home . . . gotta franchise that thing out.

JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 MegaDork
11/5/15 12:28 p.m.

In reply to Spinout007:

Hold hope. The print version has not surfaced yet. The picture I linked to above, taken from the GRM homepage could very well be a cover photo. I think it would have enough impact to make passers-by wonder what kind of car that is on the cover since the fastback really changes the look.
Aside from the mag cover, there is also the article's opening page. These pictures are not always that of the winner. Of course, for "visual appeal" you also have some tough competition in the GT Camaro and the Justang.

Also, tell us more here. Who's idea was it to use the "forum words" as the "sponsors"? They are hillarious. My favorite is Shotgun Lug Nut Removal looking like Bilstien.

Remember, this video was not done by GRM. It was done by an outside newspaper observer. He may not have understood the humor of the stickers or even knew the Mazda 787

aussiesmg
aussiesmg MegaDork
11/5/15 2:27 p.m.

Yet the Metro gets a mention and it had exactly 15 minutes prep (stickers and a wheels swap) after 2 years of sitting. Even if they did call it a Sprint.

The Mumpkin deserved much more notoriety. A big team effort by a very GRM crew.

and, GSM Publisher?

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UberDork
11/5/15 2:54 p.m.

Wow that's the first time I've looked closely at the Miata stickers/vinyl. Love it.

Spinout007
Spinout007 UberDork
11/5/15 3:05 p.m.

In reply to JohnRW1621:

The idea for the forum references (as far as I know)was the brainchild of SVREX, Mr Thwaite, and Gameboy. When we decided to "go big or go home" with the build I suggested the 787B theme, which was originally shot down. I was quite happy to see the green on the car the last autoX in Gainesville we did testing at. But the forum thing. That was ALL them, and I did just like everyone else did who is a regular on the forum when they saw them. "HOLY CRAP THAT'S AWESOME!"

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Editorial Assistant
11/5/15 3:25 p.m.

Guys, just wanted to drop in and state the obvious that this video is not the event coverage from the magazine. It's from a Florida newspaper. Cool that the event is getting some notoriety outside our circles.

And Paul, don't you worry. Your work has not been even close to unappreciated. The Mumpkin reached a lot of eyes and got a lot of likes on our Facebook page. And we haven't even published the coverage in the magazine yet.

MrJoshua
MrJoshua UltimaDork
11/5/15 4:25 p.m.

Yep, SVReX, Thwaite, and Gameboy knocked it out of the park and did it all mostly without letting the Gainesville part of the team in on it.
I take no offense at the lack of inclusion in the video or treatment of the car. It got 3rd in the Concours and is getting lots of online attention. That's really cool. Heck, that car has been at my house multiple times over the last year and it mostly annoyed my neighbors. Once the hardtop and graphics started going on almost everyone who drove by slowed to a crawl and complimented it. Theres a bunch of cool stuff at every challenge, to be part of one of the cool things is fun. One reporter not including the Mumpkin isn't important. I'm just happy they are talking about the challenge.

dyintorace
dyintorace UberDork
11/5/15 4:29 p.m.
Spinout007 wrote: In reply to JohnRW1621: The idea for the forum references (as far as I know)was the brainchild of SVREX, Mr Thwaite, and Gameboy. When we decided to "go big or go home" with the build I suggested the 787B theme, which was originally shot down. I was quite happy to see the green on the car the last autoX in Gainesville we did testing at. But the forum thing. That was ALL them, and I did just like everyone else did who is a regular on the forum when they saw them. "HOLY CRAP THAT'S AWESOME!"

I thought I suggested the 787 theme!

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
11/5/15 5:34 p.m.

In reply to Ed Higginbotham:

No worries here. Just a bit of playful banter.

The car was not finished until the day of the event, and every day has either been racing, raining, or me going to work. I'm waiting for a good day to go out and have decent photoshoot of the car, and I will start a thread to share the love with the online community.

It was done by many in this community, FOR this community, and I would not want anyone to miss some of the detailing just because they couldn't make it to the Challenge.

Hopefully we'll get a nice weekend.

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
11/6/15 5:04 a.m.

The last few years I've really missed the cars I would call the "radical builds". I was really happy to see a few new efforts like the Justang and the Insight.

It was also great to see so much new blood. Lots of new faces, and new inspiration!

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
11/6/15 7:11 a.m.

I can't be too upset the Mumpkin didn't get coverage from the TV station...on one hand it was visually spectacular, which should appeal to anyone; but on the other hand it was covered in inside jokes that are indecipherable and confusing to an outsider You have to be a gearhead to even get the 787b reference. That's no problem for the goal of doing well in the concours, which it did.

The Shotgun sticker was my idea BTW

Petrolburner
Petrolburner HalfDork
11/6/15 1:48 p.m.

Really a pretty nice video for a civilian!

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
11/7/15 7:46 a.m.

In reply to Petrolburner:

I agree. It's a pretty nice video.

Dan Scanlan is an automotive journalist for the Florida Sun Times in Jacksonville. I spoke to him for a while at the Challenge. He's been to many of the Challenges. Is that what you meant by "civilian"?

ckosacranoid
ckosacranoid Dork
11/8/15 2:19 a.m.

i am very bummed, i did not even make a background shot even anywhere in the video...sigh....and there where lots of shots over by the booth but no wagon...sigh...

evildky
evildky SuperDork
11/10/15 12:03 p.m.

I didn't realize Spkorb (Sean Puffy Korb) was there. Haven't seen that guy since the suprang.

DDT
DDT New Reader
11/12/15 8:37 p.m.

In reply to sethmeister4:

I'm now proud I caught the odd little details on that manifold. That seems like a cool use able 4dsc

DDT
DDT New Reader
11/14/15 2:03 p.m.

In reply to sethmeister4:

I'm now proud I caught the odd little details on that manifold. That seems like a cool use able 4dsc

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