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Jeff Shaffer
Jeff Shaffer New Reader
4/12/20 11:29 a.m.

In reply to Danny Shields (Forum Supporter) :

Perris Auto Speedway here in California

Sven None
4/13/20 3:34 p.m.

Sven here, 29 years old and live in the Seattle area. I like cars, obviously. I work in marine hydraulics, and am a competent all around mechanic. I like doing my own work, but I don't have much time or room to do anything that involves a significant amount of fabrication.

Driving experience includes 5 years of fairly serious autocross (just about every weekend, put a lot of effort into it, but did not do anything national level), and now last year I've switched to rallycross. I have done a few track days in the winter when autocross/rallycross shuts down, but without the competitive aspects and no real goals I find it gets somewhat dull to drive around the same track all day. I think if it was competitive it would be different. I'm probably in the minority here, but track days feel more like playing chess whereas autocross is very fast paced and more "in your face," for lack of a better term. My switch from autocross to rallycross was primarily because I had kind of reached a point of diminishing returns in autocross. I was very close to being able to compete with the national level guys, but I was getting kind of bored and decided I would rather try something new than spend 5 more years chasing that last second. Switching to rallycross I found lots more improvements; I find the crowd a lot better, more seat time, more fun, and events actually start on time and people seem like they want to be there. The group I run with is NWRA. They're not affiliated with SCCA but run similar classing, and while the courses are still out lined with cones, they seem to be comfortable with slightly more risk/fun than your typical SCCA event.

Car wise - I discovered autocross when I owned a GM era Saab 9-3, and shortly after switched to an NC Miata. After a few years of getting tired of not really fitting in the Miata (I'm 6'4" 250lbs), I switched to an FRS. After a few years of that, I picked up an old Saab 900 to start rallycross with. I loved the 900, but they're starting to get awfully popular with the restoration crowd so parts were $$$ and difficult to find. This not being optimal for a rallycross car, I switched to an 09 Honda Fit. Seriously underrated car in my opinion.

That's where I'm at now. Now I'm here to ask stupid questions :)

christopher aheron
christopher aheron
4/22/20 8:07 a.m.

Hey, just joined and started a subscription.  I'd previously had one from a SCCA track night and generally when researching any maintenance or car questions, this forum always comes up in the results and has great information. During these times I wanted to show my support for GRM as the world and the internet are a much better place with it.

I've been doing autocross off and on in NC for years, never fast, but always had fun. A few years ago I started doing HPDEs and have tried to do a few a year and they're just a blast. I generally do events with either PCA or THSCC and at CMP or VIR. Looking forward to traveling to some other tracks once events are being held again!

As for cars, I currently run a 987.2 and also have a Chevy SS, Bolt EV, and 65' Corvair (which it may have been a bit cold to drive today, brrrrr). 

AngryCorvair GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/22/20 8:11 a.m.

In reply to christopher aheron :

Welcome!  it's always good to meet another Corvair enthusiast.  i'm building a '65 monza coupe for this year's $2000 Challenge.  jump over to the builds and project cars forum and post about your collection!

christopher aheron
christopher aheron New Reader
4/22/20 9:04 a.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair :

I love it! it's been in the family for 3 generations now and just had a full engine rebuild at Chair City. I've been enjoying and was looking to finally take it to a autocross now that it won't leak oil everywhere!

Dieselboss15 New Reader
4/30/20 12:56 p.m.

Hey, Cam here. Just joined and am loving it so far. still young (just getting into high school). so I am saving up for an old, American jeep xj(1997 preferred.) me an dad have a 1966 Ford Ranchero that we want to swap a 289 into, and it is going great!(so far). I love Fords, Ford Diesels, and Murica. I am also an avid collector of model cars. That's all for now.

5/6/20 9:32 a.m.

Hi, Im Ron from San Diego CA. I just started autocross this year. I got one race in before the lockdown. Can't wait for the next one, I'm hooked. I have a 06 Mustang GT.

GaryC83 New Reader
5/9/20 5:29 p.m.

Not new to GRM, just finally registered. Been reading for years and years. I'm a fabricator at Rad Rides (yes, that Rad Rides) and finally got around to signing up here as some of the 3d printing stuff and build threads caught my interest. 

Some truly awesome stuff on the board. Like I said, I've been reading the magazine and forum for years, just never bothered to register. 


Davis Jason
Davis Jason New Reader
5/20/20 11:14 a.m.

Hi everyone, I am an auto mechanic and repairer, and I got to know this forum through a friend. Currently, I am driving a Ford F150 that I bought since 2015. I am very impressed with this forum because there is a lot of useful information.

Bjorn1349 None
5/22/20 10:49 a.m.

Hey dudes,

Been a lurker for a while but I just joined recently with a subscription. I also gifted two subscriptions to a couple buddies of mine I know are bored and underemployed at the moment. Hopefully something to occupy their time a bit.  I'm currently driving a slightly modded Nissan Leaf and im in the process of buying a new "fun car" NB Miata. Thanks for all the help and articles. They've been immensely useful.

shadetree30 Dork
5/22/20 10:58 a.m.

In reply to Dieselboss15 :

"old" and "1997" are mutually exclusive, btw...

shadetree30 Dork
5/24/20 7:36 a.m.

Hello again, it's shadetree30
Luckily retained my screenname and my Dork status,
...York PA recently retired but still love GRM. Was out of circ for awhile and trying to make sense of the past two months.
no current projects but I see some familiar folks like AngryCorvair.

Dieselboss15 New Reader
6/1/20 11:00 a.m.

In reply to shadetree30 :

i typed "old" before i typed "1997"... xD

6/3/20 2:34 a.m.

Hi, my name is Deniel, I live in London.

dk07 New Reader
6/6/20 1:01 p.m.

Hi, my names is Diogo and I'm from Portugal. I have a Mercedes 190E and I trying to mod the fuel and admission system, and that's why I joined the forum. Thank you.

WilliamCoffey None
6/20/20 5:51 a.m.

Hi! I'm William. I just joined June 20, 2020.

I found that this group is very helpful though I am a newbie.

Gabisp None
6/22/20 7:10 a.m.

Hi all. I'm newbie. Nice to be a part of this community!

6/23/20 8:25 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Hi My name is Dave I just signed up last night, I'm in the process of trying to build a daily driver 1978 Chevy El Camino, that i just pulled the six cylinder out of and put a 1980 350 out of a C10 in which was missing half of the mounting brackets and I can't seem to find one like it anywhere here's a photo of the part I need any help would be greatly appreciated.

birdmayne GRM+ Member
7/8/20 11:05 p.m.

Another long time lurker turned new member. 

I call Eastern Washington home. I'm a crane operator, a father and a builder of things. Nothing I do is masterful, I just tend to be handy to have around.

7/13/20 1:53 p.m.

Fellow long time lurker. I work in health care in health care in Portland, OR

I've tried a tiny bit of autocross, a few trackdays, Skip Barber etc.

I tend to be bored and consequently my cars tend to modified more significantly than my talent would require. I tend to acquire things and not get rid of them 

7/13/20 11:14 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

My first forum post! 

As all here can appreciate, Grassroots Motorsports is not just a magazine.  It is a community. A very welcoming, realistic and for me- local community,  Since I have been sort of living in this community of devotees of gasoline and rubber, "lurking" I  believe it is called, I thought it was rude of me to not a least say hello.  This  is mostly prompted by my son "Cruisermatt" working on a build for the Grassroots 2020 challenge.  Read about the BMW /LS project that he's building with his UCF engineering buddies and you will have a pretty good glimpse into the cureent topic of conversation in our garage...    

I'm in the Winter Park Area, a much better ER doctor than driver or mechanic, but I do love working on projects and racing when I can.  The blood, vomit  and poop helps pay for the oil, gas and rubber.  I can sometimes finish an SCCA race in my EP 944s Porsche without something breaking. I do have fun.  I've been mostly driving a Miata with my friend Mike VanSteenberg  at ISC Racing - Chump/Champ Car and World Racing League.   I hope to share my current dream of lifetime build soon.  I'm in my 50's but I still have my first car, which is finally getting the attention it deserves.        



Jhens3 None
7/28/20 12:43 p.m.

Hello all, GRM is a recent (been lurking for a couple months now) discovery for me. Didn't even know this place existed until I started looking around for info on my current project. I am currently swapping a 2.3 ecoboost into an 84 944, easily the biggest project I've ever been a part of. I am a ford technician, which is part of the reason I'm going with that engine. Loving all of the creative solutions people have come up with on this forum!

7/29/20 12:45 p.m.

New guy here, long time lurker.  Current project, four years in the works, is an LQ4 swapped E46 coupe I'm building for HPDE and TT.  

Nate Moddes
Nate Moddes
8/4/20 12:54 p.m.

I'm also a long time lurker. I've got a dozen or so track days under my belt. I'm looking to have an autocross specific car and they're a ton of knowledge on this forum.


I also enjoy the Challenge Builds.

TylerCYR New Reader
8/10/20 3:00 p.m.

I am a long time lurker and figured I would at least say hello.  I race an e30 in ChampCar and have grown a lot in mechanical and garage engineering skills over the years.   I hail from NW Ohio. 

I started autoxing in 2010 with a 2005 Subaru STi (which I still own).  I met a couple of friends and we deicded to go ChampCar racing in a 90s Dodge Shadow.  It was the worst decision that I made, but it was a good start for us.  I then went and purchased 1995 Subaru L from a team in ChampCar.  I was in love with Subarus and just knew how to work on them at the time.  We proceeded to do pretty well in the Subaru but we didn't have enough power.  We put in a 3.3L from a SVX in that car.  The car was a rocketship when it ran correctly (25% of the time usually).  I think that I paid way too much money to try and develop that engine.  Maybe Subaru should pay me for some of my idiotic knowledge.  

I looked at the finishing cars and saw that BMW e30s were the ones that were always finishing races and at the top.  I proceeded to buy an e30 and put a m50 in it.  The rules in ChampCar forced me to go back to the m20 engine.  I now run an aero car with a m20.  I have run over 35 race tracks in the US and Canada.

Some of my other hobbies include: gardening, planting trees, drinking bourbon, drinking beer, smoking cigars, working on house projects and hanging out with friends.

Violette the e30

A corner of our garden this year

Trindad Scorpion

Removing our old deck to get ready for a concrete patio

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