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Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/22/23 9:59 p.m.

In reply to Jim Pettengill :

You would be surprised (or maybe not) at how familiar your name is to me. I'd see it in the tagline of an article and think, "Okay... here's a friend."

Crxpilot
Crxpilot HalfDork
11/22/23 10:20 p.m.

Minivan vs Jaguar vs Porsche article pulled me in to the mag.  Seeing some big, smart names from the hobby on the board has me lurking and reading and laughing and learning.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
11/22/23 10:34 p.m.

In the late 1990s, when I was looking at buying my BMW e28 5 series, GRM happened to write a buyer's guide article about them.  I saw the issue on the newsstand and subscribed.

RichardNZ
RichardNZ GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
11/22/23 11:56 p.m.

Mazdeuce got me here, I think it was via a link on Jalopnik,  but I'm not sure if it was the Unicorn thread or the Grosh one ...

Jay_W
Jay_W SuperDork
11/23/23 1:07 a.m.

When the rallycar scene switched sanctioning bodies from scca to nasa, this mag started showing up I haven't managed to get the rallycar running since my booboo with it, but this is the best forum on the net so I aint goin' anywhere... and now that my *shop* is *built* and the *lift* is *installed*, I just might be able to get round to making Humpty the Rallykar a movable object again...

759NRNG
759NRNG PowerDork
11/23/23 9:37 a.m.
OHSCrifle said:
759NRNG said:

R63 AMG The Unicorn of my Destruction | Builds and Project Cars forum | (grassrootsmotorsports.com)R63 AMG The Unicorn of my Destruction | Builds and Project Cars forum | (grassrootsmotorsports.com) 

I've met Seth L .....actually lives not too far from me.

How's that guy doing? He seems to have gone to Michigan for the summer and never came back. 
 

I remember walking past a magazine rack in around 2004 and and seeing an interesting cover of Grassroots Motorsports. Bought several issues and somehow wandered over here and never left. 

Did a google map street view and the Cab over IH is still in the front yard...not sure of his actual whereabouts....was eat up with racing small motorcycles the last time he posted

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
11/23/23 10:41 a.m.

It was that October 2003 issue of Hotrod. I was stuck in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota for the better part of a month with 4 magazines to read, and reread, and reread. One of them was Hotrod. I bought the occasionalmag off the newsstand. Took me til 2008 to finally find the forum.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
11/23/23 2:20 p.m.

We had an amazing independent bookstore in St. Pete that carried AutoX as far back as '85 when I came across it. I was in high school and just getting into cars, and the subject matter and the aesthetic just instantly connected with me. The whole product was just so immensely punk rock, because it was being made by people who had been told that you can't just go *make* a magazine, but did it anyway. And they were writing about people who had been told that you can't just *go* racing, but did it anyway. It was a huge FU to both establishment publishing and motorsports and it instantly defined my relationship with both things.

As soon as I could drive I started autocrossing. As I got further involved in the local scene and helping out with events, I met Tim and Margie in early '90 at a CMC event and basically said "Hey I really get this. I'm coming to work for you." and they were like "...uhh we're not actually looking for anyone right now" and I was like "No that's fine I'll be there as soon as this semester is over."

So, yeah, that was like 33 years ago so I guess things worked out. There's still a certain level of absurdity to my life that's not exactly imposter syndrome, but is very imposter syndrome-adjacent. Like, I feel like I absolutely deserve to be here and can produce work commensurate with the expectations of the community, but the fact that I get to do that for the very thing that influenced me to do this in the first place is just some weird cosmic anomaly that I don't fully understand. It's basically like taking your glove to the ballgame, catching a foul, and the next thing you know you're the starting second baseman.

 

nlevine
nlevine GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/23/23 2:48 p.m.

I don't remember, but I do know that I had an account under a different user name back when I was still identifying as an SCCA racer... My profile says that I started this incarnation in 2012, which is too far back for me to remember...

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/23/23 3:12 p.m.

Mid 2000s when I visiting my then-girlfriend (now wife), I stumbled across the magazine (and Classic Motorsports) at a Barnes & Noble in the SF Bay Area. Found the forum shortly after, then lurked for quite a while.

Apexcarver
Apexcarver MegaDork
11/23/23 3:17 p.m.

Barnes and Noble bookshelf circa 2002? 

It was the issue about going racing on the cheap with the grey VW on the cover. 

yupididit
yupididit GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
11/23/23 3:44 p.m.

I was in Afghanistan (2011 or 2012 maybe 2013) and found a big stack of GRM magazines. I read them and then found the forum. I lurked the forum for a few years. 

Then a car (Mercedes of course) came up for sale that I needed to make a profile to contact the seller. Bought the car and here I am lol. 

bmw88rider
bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/23/23 3:46 p.m.

Man. I can't remember to be honest. I know I first met the crew at cota at I think the first svra event there as they had a booth there.  

Scotty Con Queso
Scotty Con Queso UltraDork
11/23/23 4:13 p.m.

I heard y'all like Miatas. 

Shadeux
Shadeux GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/23/23 4:18 p.m.
RichardNZ said:

Mazdeuce got me here, I think it was via a link on Jalopnik,  but I'm not sure if it was the Unicorn thread or the Grosh one ...

Me too. Once I read the whole thread I was hooked. Following the other incredible builds here are inspiring. This place and the people are great! 

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/23/23 5:49 p.m.

Back in the mid 90's I had a coworker who'd come into work on Monday telling me about stopping to watch sports cars race around a local airport, but I was never able to catch them in action. 
 

Fast forward to 1997. I'd started a new job & discovered that my new boss autocrossed. He gave me the URL to the local club's website & I went to their next event in September of that year. Talking to the people there, they told me about GRM. So I hopped online(dialup) when I got home & signed up for the forum. 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
11/23/23 5:57 p.m.

In early 1995 I bought a Dodge Neon, and found the Neon mailing list (which eventually became neons.org).

A number of folks on the NML were autocrossers and talked about GRM, so I became a subscriber in the late '90s (still am). When the forum appeared a signed up on the original version and I have been here ever since.

 

stafford1500
stafford1500 GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/23/23 6:33 p.m.

1990 when i moved to Daytona for school and met these folks at the local autocross. They have had to put up with me either locally or on the forum since then. I spread the word when I can.

Doesnt seem like 30+ years but there it is.

neverdone
neverdone Reader
11/23/23 6:45 p.m.

I started by following mazdeuce's grosh thread. 
 

RonnieFnD
RonnieFnD Reader
11/23/23 7:05 p.m.
Duke said:

In early 1995 I bought a Dodge Neon, and found the Neon mailing list (which eventually became neons.org).

A number of folks on the NML were autocrossers and talked about GRM, so I became a subscriber in the late '90s (still am). When the forum appeared a signed up on the original version and I have been here ever since.

 

Love it.  I was/am a huge Neon guy also.  The Neon was my gateway drug to motorsports. I was digging thru some stuff yesterday and found this.

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/23/23 8:24 p.m.

Around 89 or 90 i got a job after school a few days a week sweeping the shop my parents took their cars to. One of the owners road raced a BMW and would share his GRMs with me. I've been reading them pretty much ever since. 

CJ
CJ GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/24/23 2:42 a.m.

Mazduce and his R63 AMG The Unicorn of my Destruction thread brought me in.  Think I searching for engineering disasters and found his...

 

 

hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass Dork
11/24/23 8:54 a.m.

If my memory serves me right - I ended up here by way of 03 ish 24 Hours of Daytona - they (GRM) would have a booth setup with a few free old issues and then it was quite cheap for a subscription + a tee

So I went for it

Renewed here and there over the years

And then when I got another MR2 I came back in and truly fell in love with the community

preach
preach GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
11/24/23 9:11 a.m.
Datsun240ZGuy said:

I don't remember..........

Me either but no regrets.

Daylan C.
Daylan C. PowerDork
11/24/23 9:25 a.m.

The Fubaru thread got linked in a Bangshift article. I finally stopped checking that thread for updates last year I think.

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