ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
3/10/23 5:49 p.m.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/VYJ4U2__wdM

Wish there was a Grassroots Motorsports TV show? Well, there almost was.

We recently uncovered a tape with the unaired pilot for a GRM TV series dating back to 2001.

Watch the episode to see appearances from AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson, 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner Brian Redman and some familiar faces from the $1500 Challenge–the predecessor to the …

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/10/23 6:47 p.m.

Classic footage. Thanks, Chris, for preserving it. 

BA5
BA5 GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
3/10/23 7:17 p.m.

Do you guys know why it want picked up? Seems like it was well done and there's lots of good car footage.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
3/10/23 9:43 p.m.
BA5 said:

Do you guys know why it want picked up? Seems like it was well done and there's lots of good car footage.

I mean, the same reasons most pilots don't get picked up: Because TV is expensive and time consuming and even the best projects usually need strong financial backing from a network, studio or random rich dude for a long time before they can start paying for themselves.

It's a bummer, too, because we had a really cool arc sketched out for everything. In the second season I was going to hook up with a talking dog and we'd go around solving crimes and stuff. We were also going to jump a shark, but we were going to do it with another shark, so they'd cancel out. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
3/10/23 10:00 p.m.

Wow.  I very much enjoyed that. I'd have surely enjoyed a weekly installment!

BA5
BA5 GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
3/10/23 10:46 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:
BA5 said:

Do you guys know why it want picked up? Seems like it was well done and there's lots of good car footage.

I mean, the same reasons most pilots don't get picked up: ... random rich dude...

Isn't that what Tim is there for? I always figured he was some William Randolph Hearst of automotive magazine publishing...

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
3/10/23 10:58 p.m.

That was really good. 

It truly was the 90's, okay, 2001. 

Count all the denim shirts. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
3/10/23 11:49 p.m.

Roaming from track to track.

Getting into adventures.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
3/11/23 7:42 a.m.
BA5 said:
JG Pasterjak said:
BA5 said:

Do you guys know why it want picked up? Seems like it was well done and there's lots of good car footage.

I mean, the same reasons most pilots don't get picked up: ... random rich dude...

Isn't that what Tim is there for? I always figured he was some William Randolph Hearst of automotive magazine publishing...

Sadly we're about a century late for that level of success from magazine publishing. laugh 

GVX19
GVX19 HalfDork
3/11/23 8:14 a.m.

Of all the things i remember about that day, I do not remember that clip at all.

matthewmcl
matthewmcl Dork
3/11/23 9:40 a.m.

The first Challenge had no exclusions, right? Oil change, brake pads, cleaning supplies all came out of the budget?  Didn't the guy with the black Honda detail that engine bay with a rag and a bottle of Armor All?

Patrick
Patrick GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/11/23 11:28 a.m.

holy berkeley, Danny I didn't know you were ever not grey

Loweguy5
Loweguy5 GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
3/11/23 11:41 a.m.

To be fair, this thing is easy enough to do now via YouTube.  There's a reason why Tyler Hoover lives in a significantly bigger house than I do and it isn't necessarily his rugged good looks lol.

With the low cost of high-res recording equipment and wealth of talent at GRM I bet this could be a dream realized after all.  Success on YT could lead to tv syndication!

You guys will be the next Counting Cars before you know it!

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
3/11/23 12:01 p.m.
matthewmcl said:

The first Challenge had no exclusions, right? Oil change, brake pads, cleaning supplies all came out of the budget?  Didn't the guy with the black Honda detail that engine bay with a rag and a bottle of Armor All?

Literally yes. His method was to liberally spray Armor All on everything, walk away, then come back hours later and smooth it out with a rag. Probably went through a quart of the stuff, but it looked shiny.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
3/11/23 2:42 p.m.

Kind of ironic that there was coverage of vintage racing and now the car that was featured in the dyno testing article is just about eligible for vintage racing.  

Time sure flies.

bodega
bodega New Reader
12/14/23 10:17 p.m.

Maybe it did not get picked up because they referred to a Spriget as an MGBC.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/14/23 10:44 p.m.

Rumor has it that there was an NC-17 Director's Cut as well. 
 

Please promise to never let that one escape the vault. 

husky450cr
husky450cr GRM+ Memberand New Reader
3/9/24 8:03 p.m.

That was outstanding!  It's unfortunate it didn't get picked up by one of the MotorNetworks at the time...I enjoyed it much.  Thanks for posting.  

John_Galt828
John_Galt828 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
3/10/24 10:58 a.m.

With an expanded audience of fans and drivers, more events, the proliferation of streaming, less expensive video technology, and more sponsor dollars it could probably be a go now.

Jerry
Jerry PowerDork
3/11/24 8:34 a.m.

Well I finished off F1 Drive to Survive last night, this sounds like a good epilogue.  Right?

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