Live Thread: 2024 Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge

By Colin Wood
Apr 7, 2024 | $2000 Challenge, Live Thread

Photography Credit: David S. Wallens

What is the Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge presented by Tire Rack? It’s where penny-pinching and extreme speed meet–often with spectacular results.

Competitors are welcome to build a car for less than $2000, enter an over-budget build, or both: They’ll all battle against each other at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, to see if money really equals speed this weekend, April 6-7.

Where to keep up with all the low-buck action from the $2000 Challenge? Look no further than this thread. Follow along for live updates throughout the weekend, and feel free to add your own photos or commentary in the comments below.

For more information about the $2000 Challenge, visit

The Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge is presented by Tire Rack, in association with CRCMiller and BendPak.

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wae UltimaDork
4/5/24 9:41 a.m.

It's time for final touches in the hotel parking lot!

EvanB GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/24 9:44 a.m.

In reply to wae :

Did you get a BiTurbo and keep it a secret the whole time? surprise

Cooper_Tired Dork
4/5/24 9:47 a.m.

In reply to EvanB :

Only took one pic and 3 minutes for that cat to leave the bag 😂

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
4/5/24 9:53 a.m.

Oh, God bless you on the BiTurbo!  A Challenge goal that no one has yet achieved. 

Please tell me you requested number 185 to remind people that all Masertis go 185.  Please have a bumper sticker that reads, My Other Car is a Limo.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/5/24 10:46 a.m.

Yeah, Challenge history. 

And hello from my office. Making magazines with Sarah at the moment while the rest of the team is setting up. 

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) MegaDork
4/5/24 10:49 a.m.

E36 M3....a BiTurbo shows up and I'm not there. Life is so unfair. Somebody post pictures.


Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/5/24 11:52 a.m.

Biturbo - thats awesome!

wawazat SuperDork
4/5/24 11:54 a.m.

A BiTurbo steals Angry's thunder!  Only on GRM! laugh

84FSP PowerDork
4/5/24 12:10 p.m.

Admittedly we all thought it was one of Wae's worse ideas...  But it came together and hasn't been that Italian to us thus far... 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
4/5/24 12:11 p.m.

In reply to wae :

Get with Tom and get your feature story pictures taken early, like before the event really gets started.  

I recommend video of its very first pass.  Maybe even video of it driving off the trailer. 

Statistically, you're facing doom and unmitigated failure so any early proof of self propulsion should be gathered.  

Or, did you bring this car in its natural state...on a trailer and non running?


I kid, I kid!  I am really rooting for you...but the odds are against.  

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