What happens when nothing goes right? Bring the Yugo | Great moments in $2000 Challenge history

By Staff Writer
Jun 28, 2023 | $2000 Challenge, Yugo

Photography Credit: Tony Neste

Entrant: Paul Fenner

Total Budget: $843.98

Event Year: 2006

Not just a Yugo, but a Yugo wearing box flares while hiking up an inside-rear wheel. Paul Fenner, a longtime Challenger and the GRM forum member with the highest post counts, entered the 1990 Yugo back in 2006.

As the story goes, this wasn’t his first choice for that year’s competition. But Plans A, B and C didn’t come together as hoped, hence the flared Yugo. It ran a 17-second quarter-mile time while finishing only about 3 seconds behind the day’s top entry in the autocross.

Make your own low-buck memories at the Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge Presented by Tire Rack, which returns April 6-7, 2024. Watch 2000challenge.com for details.

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