Video: Building a Low-Buck, Dad Bod Lexus GS430 for the $2000 Challenge

https://www.youtube.com/embed/aw3Bzgbt4Ng

If you thought going fast for only $2000 was challenging, try doing it for half than that amount. That’s exactly what competitor John Brown did.

For a total budget of $1042, he fielded a V8-powered 2003 Lexus GS430 at our $2000 Challenge. The icing on the cake? The homemade plywood front splitter. Presented by CRC Industries.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/17/21 12:46 p.m.

It seems like the JZ-powered GS gets more usage, but I've always thought it would be neat to have a UZ-powered GS—or at least something powered by a UZ.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
2/17/21 12:54 p.m.

JmfnB.  He doesn't enter The Challenge often but when he does, he makes an impact!  

Sorry I wasn't there too, this year.  

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/18/21 9:44 a.m.
John Welsh said:

JmfnB.  He doesn't enter The Challenge often but when he does, he makes an impact!  

Sorry I wasn't there too, this year.  

And I'm bummed that I didn't get to hang with John. This past Challenge was, well, a little different.

Thanks, John, for returning and bringing a cool car. Love the video. 

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
2/18/21 10:40 a.m.

I KNOW THAT GUY!  Awesome fella.  Awesome car.

I love that the easy-entry automatic steering column still works.

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