Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Digital Editor
10/14/19 4:09 p.m.

The Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge presented by CRC Industries sets the stage for some of the most spectacular budget builds you’ve ever seen. We’re talking 9-second quarter-mile times and cars that could dominate your local autocross, each built on a $2000 budget. And winners get trophies, but not just any trophies: homemade trophies, each made from discarded car parts. These trophies are a staple of the $2000 Challenge, with a different person that’s significant to the event making them each year.

This year Michael Stamps, known as Stampie on our online forum, is building them. He’s a great example of $2000 Challenge spirit and even has a rule named after his creative use of rulebook loopholes (the Stampie Rule).

He’s making great progress on the trophies, as you can see by these sneak peak photos--which are first, second and third place in descending order. 

Nearly 60 competitors have already registered for the $2000 Challenge, but it’s not too late to throw your hat into the ring and enter your budget build. Click here to learn more about the event and sign up today.

The $2000 Challenge is presented by CRC Industries, in association with Miller, with trophies by Copart and White Pony Absorbent Products.

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slowbird HalfDork
10/14/19 4:17 p.m.

Really nice of Stampie to spring for these trophies. First place is really getting the shaft though. (Puns!)

Circuit_Motorsports New Reader
10/14/19 4:17 p.m.

Damn these are epic, can we trade some of our old trophies in?


Robbie GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
10/14/19 4:30 p.m.

I'm very happy that first place in the challenge knows how to store a crankshaft properly. 

Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
10/14/19 4:35 p.m.

I want to win first, but own the second place trophy. Its GORGEOUS. 

Good job stampie!

Patrick MegaDork
10/14/19 5:40 p.m.

I'm very happy to not be up top this year, that E36 M3 looks heavy 

Stampie GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
10/14/19 5:57 p.m.

First place is a Cadillac 500 crank, camshaft, and flexplates. It's heavy as E36 M3. 

Second place is the pistons and rods from the same engine on some DOM tuning that was the perfect size.

Third place is aftermarket E36 springs that I bought from Tom last year. He gave me a hard time about low balling him and then ended up getting them back.

It was fun building them and clearing out some of my parts board. 


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