Compete against GRM project cars in this year’s $2000 Challenge

Staff
By Staff Writer
Jul 30, 2022 | $2000 Challenge, Mazda, Nissan, Project Cars, Mazda Miata, Nissan 350Z, Garage Rescue Miata, LS-Swapped 350Z, Endurance Race Miata, LS-Swap

Photography Credit: Chris Tropea

Think you can build a project car that’s faster than our LS-swapped 350Z, V6 endurance race Miata or Garage Rescue Miata? Now’s your chance to prove it, as all three have entered to compete in the $2000 Challenge Presented by Tire Rack.

What is the $2000 Challenge? It’s our automotive festival celebrating autocross, drag racing and ingenuity, set for October 22-23 at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.

Builds from each end of the budget spectrum—from a strict $2000 limit to $1,000,000 supercars—are welcome to compete across three events to see if money really equals speed. Nearly $10,000 in prizes have been announced across the various events and classes.

As of this morning, more than 30 cars have already registered. Many more are expected to enter before the August 1 price increase goes into effect.

Spectators are welcome, and trackside camping has been added for 2022.

Learn more and enter your car at 2000challenge.com.

 

The $2000 Challenge is presented by Tire Rack, in association with CRC Industries, Summit Racing and Miller Electric, with trophies from Lamin-x, TrakkRats, CravenSpeed and ACI Automotive.

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Captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
Captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/29/22 3:25 p.m.

This is better than having influencers bring their projects. 

 

Now to encourage the current owners of former GRM project cars to also bring them out. Wally should at least try to put a wrap on his C5 to pass it off as JG's (okay, that may be a bit too far, but it's be a laugh). 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/30/22 12:36 p.m.

For the first Challenge–the $1500 Challenge back in 1999–JG, Tim and I each built a car. (We had this idea but weren't sure if anyone else would enter.) So this is a little like going back in the time. 

frenchyd
frenchyd MegaDork
7/30/22 12:49 p.m.

 Please give some thought to the effects of inflation.  
      Prices of both cars and parts have dramatically increased.  Perhaps in the future the $2000 limit should reflect that as well. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
7/30/22 1:25 p.m.

In reply to frenchyd :

The $2000 Challenge already has classes for cars of every budget. 

Captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
Captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/30/22 2:28 p.m.

In reply to frenchyd :

I posted something regarding this elsewhere online as I did not want to pollute the forum with this notion. The good news is in the past month or so at least on the eastern seaboard there's been a return to normalcy in used car prices. Parts it's more an availability concern (in a timely manner) than it is a pricing issue. 

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