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Daylan C
Daylan C UltraDork
6/8/19 9:09 a.m.

In reply to pimpm3 :

It was entirely possible my plan was to check every box on the entry form that my car fit into and see what happens. Not like a driver with no experience in an underpowered 4000lbs tank is actually going to win anything but it's whatever I guess.

infinitenexus
infinitenexus New Reader
6/18/19 4:34 p.m.

If anyone is near Maryland, I have a 1990 M/B 300E in excellent shape that basically just needs some exhaust work, a blower motor, and one window motor to be a perfect daily driver.  It would be a great gastropod.  The interior is mint except for a few small spots (drivers seat bolster, wood grain on dash), the handling is tight, new tires, etc etc.  And I just need to get rid of it so you can pretty much name your price.  Or trade me some cool stuff for my Mustang and/or future challenge car. 

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/cars-sale/1990-mercedes-300e-good-condition-challenge-price-baltimore-maryland/154953/page1/

nutherjrfan
nutherjrfan UltraDork
7/1/19 8:42 a.m.
bluej
bluej UberDork
7/1/19 10:42 a.m.

I may have figured out a way for my gastro truck to go this year, even though I can't. Discussions will continue. 

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UberDork
7/11/19 10:18 a.m.

Are Trades allowed in the Gastropod category?

Here's the example I'm thinking about:  My car came with a new (documented 3 week old) battery.  It's massive and heavy.  I'd like to replace it with a smaller and lighter lawn tractor battery to save weight.  Will you all except this?

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
7/11/19 10:39 a.m.

In reply to Indy-Guy :

As long as it meets regular Challenge rules I'm 100% on board. Nobody wants these cars to be intentionally slow, just practical. I daily a dumb little lithium battery in my Accord and it doesn't change the practicality of the car one bit. 

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UberDork
7/11/19 11:12 a.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

Great.  Thanks.  This will be my first challenge (and I don't want to be in violation of the "don't be a dick" rule)

I've put 4,000 plus miles on my Gastropod (since purchase) already.  It still very much retains it's practicality.

Daylan C
Daylan C UberDork
7/11/19 12:52 p.m.

I don't think anyone said they had to remain stock. If that was the case I don't think Seth would have suggested I go Gastropod with my very far from stock wagon. Though I guess I got practical nailed. 7 seats and the ability to tow most any of the other Gastropod cars. (Please don't make me prove that last bit).

 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
7/11/19 5:52 p.m.

This is still an editorial event. Gastropod is still the Challenge, just a different shaped box. By all means, have fun, go fast, and be awesome. 

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UberDork
7/11/19 6:37 p.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth & Daylan C:

Oh, I plan to have fun, create content for the magazine, and go fast (in that order). Just checking if trade's were allowed in the Gastropod "box" given the limited recoup rule.  yes

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
8/9/19 7:11 a.m.

I'm back in Texas and close to my tools to making stickers and t-shirts and general paraphanelia for organizing all of this silliness. 

Shirts: I want to make shirts for the people that want them. Design isn't final but it's close to what's posted below, color undecided, but it's time to start to list. Same rules as always, you CAN NOT pay me for them. What I want to do is only bring shirts to the Challenge for people that have asked for them, and then collect another list of people while I'm there and make a second batch. If you already know you want one because my shirts are always so super rad, do this: 

Send me an email at ttwo.elm@gmail.com
Include: your screen name, your real name, your size, and whether or not you want your screen name on the back, because it seems like a good idea. 

759NRNG
759NRNG UltraDork
8/9/19 8:01 a.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

I'm down sending you an email......late

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UberDork
8/9/19 12:39 p.m.
EvanB
EvanB MegaDork
8/9/19 2:46 p.m.

In reply to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ :

Do it!

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
8/9/19 3:49 p.m.

email sent.... 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
8/10/19 8:39 a.m.

Everyone who sent me emails about shirts should have received an email back. If you didn't, let me know. I'll put out more reminders as thing progress but I really appreciate getting all of this early. 

The_Jed
The_Jed PowerDork
8/10/19 10:15 a.m.

Does the annual Copart/(whatever car auction group) membership cost count against the budget?

 

I believe it should since competitor "A" might have a membership and have access to a plethora of budget cars and parts while competitor "B" does not have a membership and therefore reduced access to cars and parts. If there is no cost penalty to the budget, competitor "A" has an advantage. 

 

Just my thoughts on the matter, I'm definitely open to discussion about it with those here who are better than myself at writing, reading, and interpreting competition rules, i.e. everybody.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
8/10/19 10:45 a.m.

I don't "think" the membership does but individual auctuon fees do. 

Antihero
Antihero SuperDork
8/10/19 11:04 a.m.

Id love a shirt but if I bring the rampage.......I doubt it's really a gastropod.

 

If I get the Caprice up and going it definitely is, but I'm busy at work, going to Australia for 3 weeks and Im building on an addition to my house

packrat
packrat New Reader
8/14/19 6:52 a.m.

E-mail sent.  Thank you.

stafford1500
stafford1500 Dork
8/16/19 12:51 p.m.

email sent

this is going to be fun...

bluej
bluej UberDork
8/16/19 9:44 p.m.

Alrighty then. Red Betsy, my lil red '01 B2300 is now officially passed inspection after the 2.5 duratec swap, so that means Chris N. Scan drive it down for the challenge. It'll be a gastro-truck!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
8/19/19 11:11 a.m.

In reply to bluej :

Now we just have to figure out how much is getting done ahead of time, and when, and how, and... whatever, it's gonna be good!

bluej
bluej UberDork
8/19/19 11:16 a.m.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ said:

In reply to bluej :

Now we just have to figure out how much is getting done ahead of time, and when, and how, and... whatever, it's gonna be good!

berkeley yeah it is. No baby yet (in tonight to start inducing), so I've got some time this afternoon. I've been plugging away at a few things, and will continue that email chain going. Spent a bit of time w/ the calendar looking at possible dc build gathering dates.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy PowerDork
8/19/19 4:48 p.m.

email sent abouit T-shirt

 

Thanks in advance!

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