JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
9/9/22 12:39 p.m.

In my column in the November 2022 edition of GRM–which you may have already read if you have access to the digital edition of the magazine–I explain how an act of kindness and generosity by Corvette driver Justin Peachey got me back in the game for Solo Nationals after my Toyota MR2 suffered an engine fire just a couple weeks …

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/9/22 1:23 p.m.

Much congratulations, JG, and always awesome to see the community come together. (Not that I'm surprised at all.)

jglee920 None
9/9/22 1:54 p.m.

"The car wants very, very badly to kill you, but it wants to make sure you die scared, too."

One of the best sentences I've read in a while.


Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/9/22 1:56 p.m.

Beautiful story of a community coming together, JG!

A lot of what you mention is what keeps me coming back to the Challenge.  Hell, last year, how many people were wrenching on and working on Riggamort with Doug?



That being said,  gotta razz you a little.  Your car caught on fire, the car you were gonna drive broke, then it broke again while you were driving, then (if I'm reading it right) the car you had been driving broke for someone else...

I can put you in touch with an old priest and a young priest?  Maybe a shaman to drive out whatever spirit is haunting you and the vehicles you touch?

Randy_Forbes New Reader
9/9/22 2:09 p.m.

Congratulations, and wow, just wow!

I was following Hillary Ann's account of the week on her FB page, and I have to say, I just wanted to give her a hug; now I'm left thinking that I don't have the stamina to hug ALL the people that deserved it..

Your emotion definitely came through in your story (I've got goose bumps)!

Mustang50 Reader
9/9/22 2:52 p.m.

Great article.  It's stories like these that make me want to get healthy enough and get the car updated to get back in to autocrossing.

kkaranges GRM+ Member
9/9/22 5:23 p.m.

It was really great to watch all around! The Audi coming in as a life boat seeing the epic fixes on it and the corvette in record time. It was unfortunate events but nobody gave up and it was pretty awesome to see everyone rally together.

I will note though that there should be a correction, I brought the said Corvette Spindle up from Texas and it actually came from G Speed who helped develop these spindles in collaboration with Mark at AMT. 

Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
9/9/22 9:07 p.m.

JG,  I had a like experience back in 2005 at the SCCA Runoffs.  Seemingly hundreds chipped in to make sure I got to compete.  I can tell you that 20 years from now tears will still come to your eyes when you try to retell your great story.  Amazing stuff.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/11/22 11:43 p.m.

I have to re-read this again so I'll be able to accurately summarize it when I talk about autocross. Absolutely one of the best aspects of the sport. 


BTW, this won't be my first time re-reading one of your columns. Love your work. 

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