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$2002 Challenge 2002 Update


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URL: http://www.2002challenge.homestead.com/

After spending an entire weekend in the Florida rain, the Mongrel Motorsports 2002 BMW entry came away with the overall win.

After our engine gave up the Saturday before we left, we had a budget that didn't make a lot of sense. Since we lost the Deves rings, bottom end set and a few other items, we were able to substitute the complete engine from Alvin, the tach and some other toys. We spent 5 hours on the only sunny day in a public library 2 blocks from Daytona Beach rewriting our budget by hand. It was quite funny.

Friday's drag race was cancelled, but the track was reserved for Sunday if cars could stay. It was not part of the competition, but we could run for fun. The concours and autox on Saturday was a miserable PITA. Rain, rain and more rain. Since we were running a blown RWD car with Hoosiers and no test time, we were worried. After the concours judging took place under an EZ-UP we hit the auto-x lined with cones and standing water everywhere. Best time our driver could get was a 40.**, the FTD was a 35.9*. After we parked the car for a while, the editor asked if he could make a run in our car. Before he finished asking we were handing him a helmet. First run 39.**, second run 37.**. We were feeling better about the car, and worse about our driving ability. Turns out we won the concours with a 500, and the second place car receiving a 323. With our 37.** autox time we were only 49 points behind the FTD Omni. You can check out all the results in the next issue of GRM.

We went to the track on Sunday, but never made a good run. A 15.2 is the best we could put together before the stock 1.8L cast crank pulley failed. Our first run down the 1/4 (ever) resulted in a smoked clutch in the water box...opps. After our clean(est) run, we opened the bottle, we had a faster MPH, but slower ET. The front pulley broke during the shift to third, and we never ran again.

The car will be at the Import Carlisle show, so it looks like it will also be at the MA02F. We will try to get that clutch problem fixed before the auto-x Sunday and turn a new crank pulley rather than put on another cast unit. Clutch suggestions welcomed.

Scott Loercher

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