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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/23/22 8:29 p.m.
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Where can you find an automotive festival that's dedicated to celebrating autocross, drag racing and–most importantly–low-buck ingenuity? That's right, the Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge presented by Tire Rack.

For 2022 we once again pitted the fastest machines built for less than $2000 against one another at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida–but we also added a twist this year: For the first …

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Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
10/24/22 1:30 a.m.

I must have missed something because I don't understand the classes.

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/24/22 8:35 a.m.

Is there a class list to decipher all the acronyms?  

Jerry
Jerry PowerDork
10/24/22 8:39 a.m.

$ equals >$2000?

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa UltimaDork
10/24/22 8:44 a.m.

N - Narrow tire.  Under 225 I believe?

W - 235-285 tire, I think

U - everything above 285 (or whatever the cutoff for W was)

$ - under $2000

 

Bit of a hairy moment at the beginning of Auto-x where nocones had a rod-end decide to be a rod-float, but he got it replaced and I don't think there were any other significant issues the rest of the weekend.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
10/24/22 9:07 a.m.

Results are now live:

https://2000challenge.com/results

And you can see a class breakdown at the top of the rules here:

https://2000challenge.com/rules

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltimaDork
10/24/22 9:14 a.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

Thank you!

DaleCarter
DaleCarter GRM+ Memberand New Reader
10/24/22 9:47 a.m.

In reply to dean1484 :

the 3rd paragraph?

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa UltimaDork
10/24/22 10:20 a.m.
DaleCarter said:

In reply to dean1484 :

the 3rd paragraph?

Was not there when Dean posted. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/24/22 10:37 a.m.

In reply to Mr_Asa :

That is correct. I updated the item earlier this morning that better explains the classes.

madmrak351
madmrak351 Reader
10/24/22 10:51 a.m.

Spectated the Autocross Saturday with my younger son, had a great time. Needed to be in Bradenton that evening, so I missed the drag racing. Hope to be there with a car or truck next year. Congratulations to the winners: with the level of enthusiasm I saw that may well be every one who was there!

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
10/24/22 11:30 a.m.

I know I'm still being dense...

How come all the classes are called "Great Tire..."?

mtn
mtn MegaDork
10/24/22 12:20 p.m.

One day your car is hanging from the ceiling, the next it is winning a prestigious motorsports event.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
10/24/22 12:23 p.m.

In reply to SV reX :

Sorry, but there's no deeper meaning. Those are the class names. 

Captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
Captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/24/22 1:11 p.m.

In reply to SV reX :

Good tires, but certainly not great tires, Sv reX mused while lighting a cigarette. 

gzuckier
gzuckier New Reader
10/24/22 3:25 p.m.

Suggested new class:

E36 M3ty Tire Unlimited (STU): For cars equipped with those little emergency spare tires.

 

Or how about skinny tires, but more than 4, in some kind of dually configuration? Like the old Auto Union Type C hill climb cars?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltimaDork
10/24/22 3:28 p.m.

In reply to gzuckier :

If STU exists next year I really, really want to compete in it.  That's brilliant.

Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
10/24/22 9:09 p.m.

Nocones and the LMP360 were the dynamic duo!   WOW!

But, let's not forget a lot of folks had a great time in efforts that probably took less hours and accounting skills.

I'm using the Ryals in the '05 GTI Hogtown Special, or the Ortengrens in the Litty Kitties Taurus, and the Weavers in the Proteus Bois Audi TT as examples.   These are all folks that from all appearances had a blast, involved the family, and did it under $2k.  They are examples to many of us that you don't have to be a wiz designer/fabricator to attend this great event and create a lifetime of memories.

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/24/22 10:58 p.m.
gzuckier said:

Suggested new class:

E36 M3ty Tire Unlimited (STU): For cars equipped with those little emergency spare tires.

 

Or how about skinny tires, but more than 4, in some kind of dually configuration? Like the old Auto Union Type C hill climb cars?

That sounds like STN

STU sounds more like >285's that are 700tw or higher, to me?

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
10/25/22 1:19 a.m.

What happened to all the guys pulling zero concours points?  Some venerable Challenge competitors in there.

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UberDork
10/25/22 7:15 a.m.

In reply to Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) :

That Taurus was dummy fast, and it ran great at the FIRM. Just proves the age old speed strategy of buying police interceptors at auction is more valid now than ever.

stafford1500
stafford1500 GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/25/22 7:55 a.m.

In reply to maschinenbau :

It probably helped the drag time to have AWD. That track was not as grippy as normal. I know we struggled with traction with only ~300HP and really wide tires (315)

Patrick
Patrick GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/25/22 8:09 a.m.

Congrats, Dan!

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
10/25/22 8:14 a.m.
Jerry From LA said:

What happened to all the guys pulling zero concours points?  Some venerable Challenge competitors in there.

You're likely seeing the over budget cars - they're not involved in the concours. 

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UberDork
10/25/22 9:18 a.m.

Just realized there was no award for Most Spectacular Failure"?

Also, no GRM magazine project cars?

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