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Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
2/3/22 1:34 p.m.

This is shaping up to be an awesome $2000 Challenge. There are new classes so more people can compete, as well as--for the first time ever--camping right there at the track.

That has me thinking... what else should we do while we're all in Gainesville? Valve cover racing attendance has been declining for years, but we have the space, time and community for something else. I'm not talking about more car racing, I mean stuff like valve cover racing and similar. Stuff the whole family can do while they're at the track.

So, any ideas? 

Indy - Guy
Indy - Guy PowerDork
2/3/22 1:37 p.m.

Cycle Karts is the obvious answer:

Would nighttime drone racing be an option? I would not be a participant, but I would be more than entertained to spectate that if allowable. 

 

What are the sound restrictions as they pertain to live music? I have some friends that have expressed an interest in jamming out at the challenge in the past. 

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/3/22 1:41 p.m.

Cars and coffee show open to the public during Concours. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
2/3/22 1:51 p.m.

Wet t-shirt contest. There are plenty of moobs attached to low inhibitions and zero shame

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/3/22 2:00 p.m.
maschinenbau said:

Cars and coffee show open to the public during Concours. 

Combine with sponsors showing off newer crap, like a mini-SEMA.

Chassis dyno, with or without prizes for highest and lowest numbers per engine cylinders. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/3/22 2:02 p.m.

Pogo stick autox. Heck, do the drags too.

Indy - Guy
Indy - Guy PowerDork
2/3/22 2:40 p.m.

Some kind of "cook-off" competition:

 

  • Best BBQ
  • Best home made pie
  • Best Walking Taco (or Charity Taco Bar)

 

Sticker exchange

Model Car build contest, judged by peers

Hot Wheels (or MatchBox) Cars Swap Meet / Show

Maybe even a burn out contest after the dynamic events are over.

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/3/22 3:05 p.m.

I got mad pole skillz. I don't mind working the pole for entertainment.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/3/22 3:07 p.m.

In reply to Indy - Guy :

You bring up something relevant.  How does food work at the event?  Is GRM paying for people to man the concession stand, or is that part of the contract with the track?

If the former, maybe cancel it to have a food truck rally.  Advertise it with the city, tickets for spectators available at the gate.

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UltraDork
2/3/22 3:08 p.m.

Jam session/open mic.

Throw a concert. Works for Gridlife!

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/3/22 3:10 p.m.
Stampie said:

I got mad pole skillz. I don't mind working the pole for entertainment.

I do.

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/3/22 3:22 p.m.

In reply to Indy - Guy :

I think a good competition would be great. 

I'd really like to see the swap meet idea come back strong. Though I admit it is really hard to bring all my parts for sale on top of the challenge car and tools I'm already packing.

I also really really like the cars and coffee idea.

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/3/22 3:26 p.m.

Pit bike race?

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UltraDork
2/3/22 3:28 p.m.

"Cars and Coffee" but with food trucks would be cool.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/3/22 3:34 p.m.
Mr_Asa said:

In reply to Indy - Guy :

You bring up something relevant.  How does food work at the event?  Is GRM paying for people to man the concession stand, or is that part of the contract with the track?

If the former, maybe cancel it to have a food truck rally.  Advertise it with the city, tickets for spectators available at the gate.

You know what will happen, right? Food truck autox.

hobiercr
hobiercr GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/3/22 3:46 p.m.

R/C car racing. Either a course or drag racing. E and/or Nitro classes.

If a course, you could set it up to be open for a certain part of the day, and run it like the AutoX. Maybe get a local R/C club to host. Give the kids something to run while Mom or Dad are in the big car.

If drags, do a double elimination setup and run it quick between the AutoX and drags.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/3/22 3:48 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

In order to win dynamic they have to serve a customer before crossing the final light.  Final scores will depend on quality of the meal as well as the time. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/3/22 3:53 p.m.

In reply to Mr_Asa :

Order is placed when the run starts.

I fear for the deep fryer operator.

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/3/22 3:58 p.m.

In reply to hobiercr :

RC would be cool. I haven't gotten into it, but it would be a neat, fairly easy addition. 

stafford1500
stafford1500 GRM+ Memberand Dork
2/3/22 4:59 p.m.

There was a suggestion of a "Rod Toss" a few years ago.

There were several folks that seemed to have rod/piston combos out of broken stuff taking up shelf space.

I think the intent was something like horseshoes, but of course it morphed into distance or something equally silly.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/3/22 5:18 p.m.

In reply to stafford1500 :

For extra difficulty, you have to toss the rod using the engine it lives inside.

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/3/22 5:26 p.m.

In reply to hobiercr :

This store is on the northeast side of Gainesville and routinely does RC racing on their outdoor course. 
 

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/3/22 5:27 p.m.

In reply to maschinenbau :

I'm good friends with the organizer of the local monthly C&C here in town. Happy to talk with him about an event at the track if of interest. 

hobiercr
hobiercr GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/3/22 5:30 p.m.

In reply to stafford1500 :

Cornhole, but with metal decks and sets of pistons/connecting rods! You'd have to have a safety zone and the sound would be glorious.

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