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The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
9/15/16 3:04 p.m.

By John Doonan

We all dream of the day when we come across the perfect specimen for our next race car. For some of us it comes in the form of a co-worker’s beater as it sputters into the office lot. For others it may be the nose of a car that sticks out the end of a barn we …

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NoPermitNeeded
NoPermitNeeded Reader
9/15/16 7:05 p.m.

This is one of the coolest things I've ever read, especially 'cause they're beetles

Knurled
Knurled GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/15/16 7:24 p.m.

This article was in the very first issue of GRM that I ever bought.

jstein77
jstein77 UltraDork
9/15/16 7:35 p.m.

What year did this appear?

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
9/15/16 8:39 p.m.

This is from the January 1998 issue

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/15/16 9:18 p.m.
Ed Higginbotham wrote: This is from the January 1998 issue

Yep. If you click the link to read the full article, you'll get the issue info.

Welcome to our vault.

Knurled
Knurled GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/16/16 7:37 p.m.

Interesting: I've been reading GRM longer than I've been driving RX-7s. I bought my first one in the spring of '98.

(it was that, or a new 2.5RS, but dammit I wanted a four door and it was only available as a 2 door)

EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/16/16 10:21 p.m.
Knurled wrote: Interesting: I've been reading GRM longer than I've been driving RX-7s. I bought my first one in the spring of '98. (it was that, or a new 2.5RS, but dammit I wanted a four door and it was only available as a 2 door)

Pretty sure RX-7s were only available as 2 doors as well...

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/19/16 8:08 p.m.

I liked that. Thank you.

Shaun
Shaun HalfDork
9/19/16 9:28 p.m.

I have seen more and more bugs getting dusted off and getting back on the road the last few years including buses going 50 in the slow lane on I5. It used to irritate me.. now I'm charmed.

Durty
Durty New Reader
9/30/16 12:32 p.m.

Look at those racing porsches.

G_Body_Man
G_Body_Man SuperDork
10/1/16 1:01 p.m.

Okay, here's an idea. Why aren't we funding Civic class? Fifth and sixth gen Civics, power-to-weight equalization through ballast, 200TW tires, and upgrades limited to an oil cooler, coilovers, sway bars, pads, and discs. Including a cage, seat, harness, and fire extinguisher a 96 Sedan built to spec would be around $5k. On RacingJunk, the average Spec Miata is somewhere around $9500, so there very well could be a sizable market for a sort-of "Civic Spec."

Carsandbikes
Carsandbikes New Reader
4/16/18 9:41 a.m.

Bought my first issue of Grassroots when it was still Auto-X, then lost track of it (no pun intended) for a year or two.  Remember that the issue that introduced me to Grassroots had a comparo between the 240Z and the 240SX. 

As a former owner of a 69 bug, I am always interested in beetle articles.  Just this week I found a Love Bug on a local Craigslist.

jimbbski
jimbbski Dork
4/16/18 4:22 p.m.

As one who still races with MCSCC I knew a few of the drivers mentioned personally. Sadly a few are no longer with us. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/2/23 9:17 a.m.

Everyone enjoying these throwback articles?

And yes, the author is the very same John Doonan who's currently the president of IMSA.  wink

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
11/2/23 9:25 a.m.

Taking notes on how I can make my Beetle look cooler and perform a better. 

RonnieFnD
RonnieFnD New Reader
11/2/23 10:03 a.m.

I lnow this is super old bit figured I would chime in.  There is a dude Rob up in Pennsylvania that has a bug all done like these that he hillclimbs.   It is freaking awesome and hands down the loudest car I've ever heard. When we would run pagoda and dureya I was always down around the start because I was the safety truck guy and when he would pull up I'd have to go around and get all the parents to cover their kids ears.  It made the guys running stock cars sound quiet.   I'll have to see if I can dig up some pics of it.

RonnieFnD
RonnieFnD New Reader
11/2/23 10:11 a.m.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia UberDork
11/2/23 2:10 p.m.

VWs also ruled NHRA in the early 70s , 

NHRA kept changing the class rules so that VWs would not beat Detroit , but the VWs  always figured a way around them .

if you want to see some fast Bugs , check out KaferCup in Europe 

Plus there are VW Bug "Fusca" races on YouTube from Brazilo

PS122
PS122 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/2/23 2:51 p.m.

There was a very quick Beetle at the Put-In-Bay Road Race this year - piloted by Greg Limber.  Lots of fun to watch!

Photo credit Susan Novak Byrnes

 

buzzboy
buzzboy UltraDork
11/2/23 3:18 p.m.

In reply to RonnieFnD :

A friend had a street rail with a very hot 2276 and a megaphone exhaust. It was the loudest street car I've ever heard. Makes my lungs feel like they're rattling in my chest. 

Berf
Berf New Reader
11/2/23 3:53 p.m.

Long ago and far away we would trek to Blackhawk Farms, set up camp and watch these VWs and Volvos tear around the track. It was a time before most of the readers of this magazine were born. And, it was a blast. 

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
11/2/23 4:27 p.m.

In reply to the staff of Motorsport Marketing :

I don't need to zoom in.....I have the magazine in my archives....wink

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
11/2/23 4:32 p.m.
G_Body_Man said:

Okay, here's an idea. Why aren't we funding Civic class? Fifth and sixth gen Civics, power-to-weight equalization through ballast, 200TW tires, and upgrades limited to an oil cooler, coilovers, sway bars, pads, and discs. Including a cage, seat, harness, and fire extinguisher a 96 Sedan built to spec would be around $5k. On RacingJunk, the average Spec Miata is somewhere around $9500, so there very well could be a sizable market for a sort-of "Civic Spec."

Not sure about the $5K estimate, but otherwise, this is just the old Improved Touring race class, but limited to civics.

Milburn Emery
Milburn Emery New Reader
11/3/23 10:26 a.m.

Did those VW classes allow for the Karmann Ghia bodies variants?  Better aero on those....

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