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  • How Fast Does $2014 Take You?- 2014 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge

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    Gainesville, Florida - 28 October, 2014 – A turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Honda Civic masquerading as a Subaru WRC car; an open-wheel MG Midget built by college kids; and a Pontiac Sunbird clicking off 10-second quarter-mile times: They can all be found together in only one place, the Grassroots Motorsports $2014 Challenge. The event meets every year at Auto-Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, seeking the finest and fastest cars it’s possible to build on a budget of two grand and change. The Challengers are judged based on their autocross performance, quarter-mile times and concours scores.

    The Grassroots Motorsports $2014 Challenge powered by eBay Motors, driven by General Tire, and sponsored by CRC Industries and Eastwood kicked off on Friday, October 24, with the autocross portion of the competition. The course was fast, ultimately rewarding some of the higher-powered cars. Team Gutty, in the Subaru WRC-liveried, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Civic, made a single pass to claim the lead. After blowing an engine in the autocross portion last year, they played it safe and immediately parked, not intending to put more strain on their car than necessary. That single pass proved to be enough as they walked off with the top autocross time, beating Ed Malle's lightweight Mustang full of home-brew aero by 0.43 seconds.

    Next came the General Tire Challenge. This was a new event added to this year's program that pitted 20 Challengers against each other on an autocross course using identical Fiat 500 Abarths fitted with General Tire G-Max as-03 high performance rubber. Sixty autocross runs later, Ed Malle claimed top honors and a free set of General Tires.

    As evening fell, Challengers moved over to the Auto-Plus Raceway drag strip for the quarter-mile portion of the Challenge. Andrew Nelson, known for posting 10-second Challenge drag times, again proved to be top dog in the drags, pulling off a 10.776 time in his 1980 Pontiac Sunbird. Ed Malle followed up again with a quality second-place finish thanks to an 11.031 quarter-mile. Team Gutty managed an impressive 13.115 with their turbocharged Honda powerplant.

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    With just the concours segment to go, it looked like the event was Ed Malle's to lose. However, Team Gutty gave him a run for his money, posting the first-ever perfect concours score across all judges—read this article to understand why. In the end, Ed Malle squeaked through as the $2014 Challenge overall winner and claimed the top trophy, an oversized check for $2014 from eBay Motors and a fancy winner's jacket.

    Click here for full results A photo album will be added to our Facebook page with more images from this year's event.

    Another new addition to this year's event was the Last Chance Challenger Award, created to welcome cars purchased and prepared within 2 weeks of the event date. With a $1000 check on the line—courtesy eBay Motors, John Welsh and his personal DJ, Fina-T, flew down to Florida and picked up their Infinity Q45 on the way to the Challenge, complete with filigree badges. They managed to fend off a Toyota Echo as well as a Pontiac Fiero that had been built in the hotel parking lot the night before the Challenge.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out and making this year's Grassroots Motorsports Challenge one of the best yet.
    And thank you to our partners eBay Motors, General Tire, CRC Industries and Eastwood for making it possible.

    Not a subscriber to Grassroots Motorsports? You're not getting the full story. Read all about every car that made its way to the challenge in an upcoming issue. We're running a buy one, get one deal on subscriptions until Thanksgiving. Get your friend a subscription and we'll send you one for free. Just go to grassrootsmotorsports.com/bogo.

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  • TIG Welding FAQ

    TIG stands for Tungsten Inert Gas. Unlike MIG or ARC welding, TIG uses an electrode separate from the filler material. This electrode is called the tungsten, and different varieties of them have different welding characteristics. The inert gas is typically Argon, or sometimes Helium or a mixture.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • "Maybe I'm Amazed" That Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin Sold For A Half-Million Dollars!

    Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB5

    How much would you be willing to pay (if you had deep pockets) for a 1964 Aston Martin DB5? How much more would you pay if that DB5 was once owned by former Beatle Paul McCartney?

    Well, somebody bid between £307,000 ($490,463) and £344,400 ($550,282) (depends on which news site you prefer, neither giving the buyer's name) at RM Auctions’ recent London event and drove away with one beautiful car (see pictures here).

    Of course, the price was far less than the $4.1 million paid for the heavily-modified Aston Martin DB5 used in the filming of Goldfinger.

    While it’s not clear how long McCartney owned the car, records show it was ordered in early 1964, before the Beatles began their first world tour. McCartney specified state-of-the-art audio gear for his DB5, which at the time meant a Motorola radio and a Phillips Auto-Mignon record player. (How far we've come in 50 years!)

    Autoweek reported that the top sellers at that London auction were a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta “Tour de France” ($3.14 million), and a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Testa Fissa ($1.25 million).

    McCartney’s old Aston-Martin didn’t even set the record for a DB5 at auction; that went to a 1964 DB5 Convertible that drew a truly-impressive price of $1.01 million. Fitted with the sought-after five-speed ZF gearbox, the convertible was the second-to-last open-air DB5 built, which likely added to the car’s selling price.

    To read more about, and see more pictures of, McCartney's Aston Martin, please click
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  • Project of the Week- Powder Coating a vintage Mini Bike

    Here at Eastwood we're always working on new products, but we always make sure we're testing products we've offered for quality. Recently JR decided to powder coat a vintage mini bike to show off some of our Hot Coat Powder and test the outcome of our metallic powders.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • 2014 AACA Hershey Fall Swap Meet Report

    For most here at Eastwood The fall AACA Hershey swap meet has become a tradition to visit each year. The reality with Hershey is that if you can't take off of work and come mid-week, you're going to miss the REAL good deals. Heck, some of the best deals are scored by fellow vendors on setup day it seems! I decided to swing by on the first official day of the swap meet and see what this year had in store.   Click Here To Read Full Post...