Turbski_valdez New Reader
7/8/18 3:43 p.m.

Hey, I'm new. My name is Colin Valdez, I live in small-town western Oklahoma, I drive truck for a living, and I like playing with anything that has an engine and wheels. My current project is a 1993 Dodge D350 diesel that I'm building for drag racing and daily driving, and I'd also like to try auto crossing it because why not? I also own a '97 GMC Sierra 1500 and what's left of an '01 S10 ZR2. Lots of dreams, mostly pipe dreams, and not much income. What could go wrong? 

ROARRR New Reader
7/11/18 11:14 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

HI! I'm Michael,Oldie as far as wrenching Newbie to this site, Built my first 34 Ford Cabrolet/302GMC in the 50's, Finishing up a similar car presently. Raced a Lotus 7/Ford, Allardette, MG-B, at Cottatti etc. and now at Buttonwillow again. Putting a Zeteck Ford in my 63 Capri GT Cossie for street etc!-- tooo many projects never bored!

It seems there is lotsa interest in the Mayata but I've yet to find anything on the Focus/Escort suggestions?

Anyone have a 270/302 big port head to sell??


preach New Reader
7/17/18 4:05 a.m.

Hi, I am Dan.  I am a NH redneck that is into sports cars.  Currently in S. Cali for work until late October, love love love the mountain roads and canyons out here in my '07 Cayman.

I have had a bad VW habit for the better part of my life, I have owned 28 or so with various badges.

I currently have 4 VWs with 3 different badges (1974 914/4, 1985 Westfalia, 2000 TT, and my 2007 Cayman S) and 1 Toyota (Tacoma).

Love racing of about any type (not a fan of NASCAR, though I respect it, and Street racing, no respect).

Signed up here years ago, and finally decided to be more active.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
7/17/18 1:03 p.m.

Welcome everyone! Glad to have you here.

eliandi New Reader
7/17/18 5:16 p.m.

I am Phil, just started to be active on the forums.  Long time subscriber to both magazines. 

I currently have

-an 2001 Miata SE, a classic BRG and tan interior with wood wheel and trim.  A real classic, that starts every day but does not leak oil.  It is set up for e street autocross and also does HPDE and SCCA time trials.

-a 2003 Boxster s, seal grey with matching hardtop.  New to the fleet, handed down from a fellow enthusiast.  

The rest of the fleet

The SO loves her 2017 BMW M240. 

One of my sons is a fellow car guy, and drives my hand-me-down 2007 MINI Cooper S that is set up for D street autocross and trackdays. 

The other son has no car guy genes, but did just purchase a 2016 Golf Sportwagon so I do have some positive influence.  


EastCoastMojo Mod Squad
7/17/18 6:00 p.m.

In reply to eliandi :

Welcome Phil, sounds like you have a very cool fleet. Look forward to reading more about them! 

morello159 New Reader
7/19/18 1:56 p.m.

Suppose I should post here to introduce myself properly...


The name is Tyler, I live in upstate South Carolina. I enjoy dreaming about crazy swaps and weird things with cars, and the forum here seem pretty active with such projects, so here I am. Current fleet consists of...

2007 Mazda3 2.3 (5-doors, 5MT, as god intended). Daily commuter beater. Has a set of Koni FSD shocks that I installed along with a somewhat annoying Mazdaspeed catback and cold-air intake that the PO installed.

1995 Mazda Miata (5MT, popular equipment package). Track/mountain toy. Too many little things to list, but the highlights are an 03 VVT engine, EFR6258, Megasquirt MS3 ECU. Made 250whp at about 10psi, 220whp on wastegate pressure. Currently knee-deep in suspension components, as I upgrade from some tired old spec miata coilovers to Xidas. New bushings, ball joints, etc going in at the same time. Here's a video from Road Atlanta shaking down the turbo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd-JCUcorrQ


Look forward to joining the crew here. Cheers!

EastCoastMojo Mod Squad
7/19/18 2:42 p.m.

In reply to morello159 :

Welcome Tyler! That was a nice smooth run for the shakedown. 

solfly HalfDork
7/26/18 2:32 p.m.
preach said:

Hi, I am Dan.  I am a NH redneck that is into sports cars.  Currently in S. Cali for work until late October, love love love the mountain roads and canyons out here in my '07 Cayman.

I have had a bad VW habit for the better part of my life, I have owned 28 or so with various badges.

I currently have 4 VWs with 3 different badges (1974 914/4, 1985 Westfalia, 2000 TT, and my 2007 Cayman S) and 1 Toyota (Tacoma).

Love racing of about any type (not a fan of NASCAR, though I respect it, and Street racing, no respect).

Signed up here years ago, and finally decided to be more active.


elramaed New Reader
8/14/18 7:15 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Well, back in the saddle!   Found this 92 Miata sitting in a guys driveway with a for sale sign.  Price was right, car is decent, it’s now in my garage.  Time to start tinkering again.  Guess you’re never too old!

1SlowVW New Reader
8/14/18 7:46 p.m.

Newish here. I’m Luc and I am up in eastern Canada, normally an early water cooled vw guy (mk2/3) but have found myself working on a lot of Toyota’s lately. 

Also have a turbo 4.8 sitting in a 94 Sierra in the garage right now because I want to do burnouts from a roll at 60mph.

Also have a ranger , a matrix, a mk2 Jetta with a turbo aba, and a mk1 rabbit waiting in mothballs. And a Yamaha bws scooter for kicks.

I am usually a pretty serious lurker but with the death of other forums it’s refreshing to visit one with cool projects and intelligent posters.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham UberDork
8/16/18 9:13 a.m.

Welcome 1SlowVW. Videos of burnout will be necessary when you’re ready. 

TopNoodles New Reader
8/17/18 1:53 p.m.

Hi, I'm Roman of Nebraska. I don't really modify my cars, just maintain and drive them. This forum provides me with a lot of valuable information for maintaining my cars.

My 1999 Miata. Rubbish pic I know, but y'all know what a Miata looks like.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham UberDork
8/19/18 8:55 p.m.

In reply to TopNoodles :

That’s a beautiful road. Beautiful car too. 

Dave M
Dave M New Reader
8/22/18 7:27 a.m.

NOOB here! I live in Washington, DC, and have modified my 2007 Pontiac Solstice to be track-legal. 

So far so fun!

Also fun: I took my kids on a tour of Monza while we were on vacation this summer:

Matt New Reader
8/30/18 7:56 a.m.

Hey, I signed up here yesterday so that should qualify me as new, although to be honest its been quite a long time since I've felt new at anything. I've been married for 25 years (this year!) and we have 6 kids, 5 sons and a daughter aged 27-6 years old. I currently run a 3rd gen Camaro in Time Attack and my obsession with making things faster apparently hasn't "fixed itself" like my mother said. I will say that with a family like mine I have been terribly creative in order to get to a racetrack. The Camaro is a test bed, its constantly evolving and despite feeling like a tip-toeing elephant wearing a Tu-Tu sometimes, it has been a lot of rum, I mean fun. I've been reading GRM for 20 years and love it, my '2nd favorite' magazine of all time is Cars Illustrated, if you remember that one you have my respect..(actually, you have my respect anyway, I'm Canadian).  I used to do a lot of motor swaps, Buick 455 in a 240Z, turbo 3.8 Buick in a Monza, BBC Chevy in a Ford, in a Monza, SBC in a couple vega's, Buick 455 in a Fox Mustang, and in a Nova and in a Regal, there's more. They used to be called Hybrids, but lately that term has a different meaning, I am in fact getting old (er)... I also speak fluent Datsun.

I take the kids to the track (whoever wants to come) and give them jobs. I grew up going to races with my Dad and I know they love it, my Daughter (7) has told me she wants to race bikes - totally awesome, probably cheaper than gymnastics as well...don't get me started on the cost of youth sports today!! I have Drag raced, Road raced, Motocrossed, Autocrossed, raced Karts and ripped up frozen lakes on a Ski-doo. I've been a Hockey, Football, Soccer, Rugby, Wrestling, Motocross, and Gymnastics dad (and Coach) for the last 20 years with no foreseeable end in sight, so I build it myself and make time to race. It ain't easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is.

So that's a snapshot of me, don't be afraid to say hi. here's my Camaro in action this year:


pre2000 New Reader
8/31/18 12:08 a.m.

Well hello folks! Been a car guy all my life. Might have something to do with my first car ride being in the back of a ‘66 VW Beetle. My dad gave me his ‘74 Ghia when I was 17 (still have it) but my mom turned me on to BMWs (whattabunchapricks!) when she got an E46 touring. When I got my first real job out of college I found a mostly well-kept 1990 325is in brilliantrot. The idea was to drive it into the apocalypse, but some things just aren’t meant to last; someone pulled out in front of me on my way to work a couple months back & destroyed it. But those six years got me hooked hard. I finally found a decent black 325es that’s slowly growing on me. And I’m going to be needing some advice soon... 

But how I came across this site is actually my neighbor, who worked for Grassroots for 15yrs. He told me about it a while back and I’m just now getting around to signing up. I was just researching how-to’s when a grassroots link scrolled by so I thought I better set up an account while I’m at it. 

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll be around shortly to bug all the E30 guys. Brace yourselves!

ebelements New Reader
8/31/18 10:20 a.m.

Hi all.


I'm Erik, late 30s, live in Cincinnati currently.  Have owned somewhere around 25 cars and 4 bikes at this point.  The vehicular ADD is strong!


Fun Facts™:

—Been lurking here well over two years.
—Terrible and traditionally unloved cars are my jam, so the builds & project cars forum is easily my favorite forum on the internet.
—At one point my only vehicles were a '93 Del Sol, '96 Miata, and '74 CB450. Becuase I'm 6'4", live in the rust belt, and make great decisions.
—I hold no brand allegiances, unless you count my love for everything that isn't a VAG product.  Six or so VWs from mk1-mk4 (GTI VR6s, 16v GLI, R32 etc) have effectively cured me. NEVER AGAIN
—Building a gambler 500 or 20xx challenge car is an ongoing (day)dream of mine.
—My personal builds are generally style-based and on a budget. This is because there are two halves of me constantly at war: a flighty, devil-may-care designer and a deal-obsessed pragmatist. Sometimes fun things result, like the fully copper-patina '86 325e that somehow ended up in Performance BMW magazine.
—My current stable is a '17 Kia Forté, '09 Yamaha FJR1300, and a blue-on-blue '91 Lexus LS400 on bags.


pre2000 New Reader
8/31/18 1:14 p.m.
ebelements said:




Hah! I had a chance to get an 03 GTI when I was looking for the replacement. Kinda glad I passed.

JMHZ2401 New Reader
9/3/18 1:19 p.m.

I'm new here. My name is John. 41 years old and my play toy is a 2001 cavalier Z24. Seriously it is just a cavalier. It has a M62 with air to air intercooler makes 241whp and 259wtq. For the last few years I have been really interested in road course driving/open track days. This year I finally got the car on the track locally to me in Northeast Florida. I have started working a couple sundays a month at the track doing corner flagging to learn more. My Dad and I have done 2 track days with the car so far.  Each one just makes us more excited to do the next. Hoping next year to have built motor in and get more track time. I hope I can learn more from this place as well.



Mypony New Reader
9/4/18 9:49 a.m.

Well I'm new to this forum ..... I own a Hobby Shop .... but My roots are in auto mechanics. Although I enjoy building models, I cut my teeth on a '59 fiat sedan, that I had to repair the motor. My next car was a Corvair, I drove the wheels off of it, when I went into the service She was at My Mom's house. When I came back She was Gone. Turns out My uncle had the Car, I'd been keeping My eyes on it until He passed and one day My Corvair disappeared. I had always wanted to put a springer on it and cut Her down to a Trike. Ok, so now My ideals are coming together, I want a Iron Horse. I have a Corvair that was shot up in a TV series ..... it may be worth more as a movie Icon, I hope Not. I plan to pull motor & transaxle assy, and make a trike all I need is the Harley frame.

I'm 67 years old and ready to go have fun with My friends, I figure this trike would be easier to handle than a two wheeled heavy Harley and technically, it would still be a Harley, with alternate motive power. That about all any help I can get along the way will be appreciated.



GTXVette SuperDork
9/6/18 7:17 a.m.

In reply to Matt :

Brother, that is a Plate full.

Mypony, when I Was young I had A Few Scooters,

  My Friend were the Same age, Today you are Safer on a race Track


e13h New Reader
9/6/18 9:26 a.m.

Brand New to the forum, and fairly new to automotive modification. I'm an apprentice Technician at a bmw garage in town, mainly for the discount I get on parts for my 2010 mini cooper. my project car is a 1995 volvo 850 Turbo estate and i'm not to sure where i want to go with it. Always up to learn something new and i'm excited to see where this takes me.

JSchulte New Reader
9/13/18 10:02 a.m.

New to the forum, not to GRM necessarily and it's greatness.  SW Michigan, so have access to both Grattan and Gingerman.  More than often found at Gingerman.

Manage collision shop as a career, and I currently track my Honda S2000.  Started tracking on 2-wheels, swapped to FWD, now onto RWD. 

Still learning the car this year and continuously changing the setup towards improvement thus resetting me as a driver each time.


DSC9000 New Reader
9/15/18 8:22 p.m.

My name is Mike, from the Detroit area. I'm new to the forum here, but not new to the hobby. In a past life, I was a dealership technician. My current work actually isn't too far off form that, just a lot less dirty. 

I've dabbled in mini trucks in the past, but started down a more performance oriented road with a Subaru. That transitioned to a Miata I ran in STS. Taking a hiatus to have a few kids, I sold the Miata and lived in domestic bliss for a while.

What good is domestic bliss without a V8 and a mullet though? To cure that I bought a Camaro to run in CAMC:

Well, turns out I'm too old to pull off a mullet, so I accepted my fate and laced up a pair of white Nike Air Monarchs:

I also have a daily. It's good enough to get you to the middle-of-nowhere and marshal a corner at Sno-Drift:

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