Every year, a group of intrepid gearheads attempts to assemble a competitive car for the Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge in a just couple nights—in our host hotel’s parking lot. (Thank you for the patience, Best Western.) They’ve now chosen their victim for the 2017 event: a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 bought at auction for $778. They’ll break out the welder and let the fun ensue.
General Tire holds a bonus autocross event for the first 20 teams that register for the $2017 Challenge. We have 14 teams now. That means there are just 6 seats left in the General Tire Challenge.
What is it? It's an autocross competition where everyone uses the same cars wearing General Tire rubber. The winner gets a free set of tires. Claim your spot in the event and register your team today for the $2017 Challenge.
Well, that was quick. The all-female team from Smith College has already raised more than $3300 for their $2017 Challenge build. However, they can still use a few more bucks to help with tools and other costs. You can read more here.
The Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge has hosted college-supported teams many times in the past, with the likes of Georgia Tech and Texas A&M being major players. In fact, we give out a trophy every year to the top-finishing college.
Now an all-female team from Smith College is joining in the fray. Their plans center around a Mazda Miata, a popular, proven platform. They also set up a GoFundMe page to help get them there.
Have a car you want to enter that is slightly over budget and can't figure out how to get it under? We accept exhibition entries. However, exhibition cars will not be factored into the overall results.
We still have eight spots remaining for the General Tire Challenge.
What is it? It's an autocross competition that pits 20 competitors agains each other in identical cars wearing General Tire Rubber.
How do you enter? Easy. It's included for free with the entry of the first 20 registered teams for the Grassroots Motorsports $2017 Challenge. Register today and you'll be in the General Tire Challenge field.
A forum member named Dusterbd13 on the Grassroots Motorsports message board says he “accidentally bought a car and created a $2000 Challenge team.” We think these accidents should happen to more people, because they are building one heck of a car. It’s a 1980 AMC Spirit motivated by a Ford 5.0-liter V8. You can check out their full build thread here.