Too late to start a $2000 Challenge build? This Mini says otherwise. | Your $2000 Challenge Cars

By Colin Wood
Sep 17, 2021 | $2000 Challenge, Mini, Cooper S

Sure, you could start building an entry for the $2000 Challenge months in advance, but why do that when you could start mere weeks away from the event?

That looks to be the idea behind forum user a_florida_man’s recently acquired (as in just last night) 2008 Mini Cooper S.

We’ll let a_florida_man give you the lowdown on this machine:


runs, but not by much.

oil everywhere.

Hard miss, rough idle…  but a good starting Budget $900

Having only spent $900–leaving $1100 on the table–the plan is to on get the Mini fixed, turbocharged and fitted with sticky tires. 

Follow the build thread here so you don’t miss out on how this story progresses.

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noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
9/13/21 3:54 p.m.

Too late to start?


Maybe too late to finish.

a_florida_man HalfDork
9/13/21 6:16 p.m.
noddaz said:

Too late to start?


Maybe too late to finish.

why doesn't my car run like that?

That is the issue isn't it?

We shall see where the dark arts of this Bavarian Brit take me. 

So far it's looking like 2000's computers and fuel injection with the hoses and random sensors of a 90 escort.

Just odd looking.

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