This article is from a past issue of the magazine. Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published, and get access to our full digital archive, by subscribing to Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. Story by Tom Suddard, Miles Wilson, and Ed Higginbotham • Photos by Anthony Neste, David S. Wallens, Tom Suddard, Ed Higganbotham, and Scott R. Lear Racing is hard. Doing it on a budget is even harder. Every year, we challenge our readers to do just that. Welcome to our $2017 Challenge. The dollar figure represents each team’s maximum budget, and coincides with the year of the event. Entrants must spend that sum–or less–to build a car for our three-tiered competition, which includes autocross, drag racing and concours judging. Low buck doesn’t mean slow or boring. The Grassroots Motorsports $2017 Challenge, which was held October 20 and 21 at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, was one for the record … [Read more...] about Two Thousand Dollars to Victory: The $2017 Challenge
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By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. Ah yes, 2018, what a spectacular time to be in the automobile business. With the promise of new beginnings and untold profits dancing in "The New Visionaries'" heads, a Next Frontier marked by a horde of shiny happy zombie cars careening across the landscape, and a blissfully unaware populace with joker-like grins plastered on their faces as they revel in the mindless, pay-as-you-go un-involvement – what could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile the real-world market has been upended by actual paying customers and their insatiable desire for Crossovers, SUVs and Trucks, to the point that legacy auto companies like GM have been caught out of position and unprepared, forcing it to close underperforming plants and cut thousands of workers. GM blames the market conditions, but I place the blame squarely on management for their lack of planning and inability to anticipate where the market was going. Add to this chaotic situation the headlong rush of … [Read more...] about DIGITAL DISCIPLES, ZOMBIE CARS, AND ENOUGH DELUSION AND HUBRIS TO POWER THE NEW EMERALD AUTO CITY JUST OVER THE HILL. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG, BESIDES EVERYTHING? THAT’S RIGHT, IT’S TIME FOR THE AUTOEXTREMIST 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW!
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. From top left: Jenna Ackerley, Anne Beckett-Allen, Katie Bannister, Jane Basham, Dayle Bayliss, Shayra Begum, Nicola Beach, Adele Bellis and Professor Emma Bond Pictures: WENDY AIKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/EDF ENERGY/BARRY ELEY/PHILIP MYNOTT/SUFFOLK COUNTY COUCIL/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLKJenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is easily the most important vehicle to come out this year. (It’s debatable whether the Tesla Model 3 is really “out” yet.) An American icon is being replaced, and fans have been nervous. Is the new Wrangler still a serious off-roader worth worshipping, or has it been watered down like almost every other SUV? After a day on the rocks with this thing, I’m happy to say: we’re in good shape. ( Full Disclosure : Jeep wanted me to drive the 2018 Wrangler JL, so they flew me to Tucson, Arizona, and shuttled me to a fancy hotel whose nightly rate is more than the cost of a used four-liter inline-six. I also helped engineer the new Jeep—don’t worry, I was well supervised.) “Death by a thousand cuts” was a warning I heard a lot while working as an engineer on this new Wrangler, known as the “JL.” Those “cuts” represented engineering compromises, and death was a metaphor for the dilution of … [Read more...] about The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Didn’t Get Soft, It Got Much Better
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: EPA Reportedly Wants To Take California’s Fuel-Economy Power The battle between California and the Trump administration has been a long one already, and it’s hard to imagine it’ll get better anytime soon. Basically, California, a state known for cleaner-vehicle incentives, wants to keep rising fuel-economy standards set by the Obama administration around so we don’t all destroy the Earth, and the Trump administration wants to freeze them. Not only is California a huge car market, but more than a dozen states follow its regulations, so it has a great deal of power here, and has for decades. California has even said it’ll keep the Obama-era regulations even if the new administration makes changes to them, according to Bloomberg. They’re not getting along. It sounds … [Read more...] about The EPA May Try To Take Away California’s Power Over Fuel Economy Regulations: Report