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We go back again in 2009! (It's about time too...)
Returning to the GRM Challenge in 2006
Oh Yea - GRM 2010
Scirocco.org Members compete in the $2004 GRM Challenge

We're at the Race! We Actually made it.
This album has pictures of our arrival, the GRM autocross event, and the GRM drag race. Slightly less stressed, but doing well. Note that we brought *3* Sciroccos to the event, 2 Mk1's 8v's and our nutty Mk2 16v. There was one other Scirocco 8v entered, a Rabbit, and a Mk2 Jetta.
After the autocross, we're in 10th place out of about 70 others. Our best time was with one of the GRM "hot-shoe" professional drivers at the wheel. Allyn did quite well also, easily beating Brian's and my times.
In typical fashion, we spent tons of time working on trying to get the ITB car running up to it's potential. There are plenty of pictures showing us working madly on something on one of the cars (they all broke. Each one. Even the other Scirocco that entered "blew-up" at the drags)
Please read through the picture descriptions below to find out what happened. Hopefully, I'll be getting more pictures from Allyn and othere later.
Unloading at the track, day 1, 8am.
Unloading at the track, day 1, 8am.
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It's a dramatic moment, let's pause a bit here to reflect on the sheer lunacy that has led to this situation.
It's a dramatic moment, let's pause a bit here to reflect on the sheer lunacy that has led to this situation.
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Down and getting ready.  Note this is not the last "rear" shot of the day.
Down and getting ready. Note this is not the last "rear" shot of the day.
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Unloading more Sciroccos
Unloading more Sciroccos
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Taking it for a morning spin...
Taking it for a morning spin...
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Gainesville, we have touchdown.  Repeat, all four worn out Khumos are on the tarmac.
Gainesville, we have touchdown. Repeat, all four worn out Khumos are on the tarmac.
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Yep, checks out.  Here's the steering wheel, the engine is running, it's ready!
Yep, checks out. Here's the steering wheel, the engine is running, it's ready!
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Ok, the major problem with building one of these sorts of things is finding a place to run them so they can be tuned
Ok, the major problem with building one of these sorts of things is finding a place to run them so they can be tuned
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So we took it for a spin to try and see how it was going to act . . . the usual, not great, but servicable.
So we took it for a spin to try and see how it was going to act . . . the usual, not great, but servicable.
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After we took it next door to the road course area, they asked us (and several others) to cut it out or leave.  We stopped the "tuning" immediately.
After we took it next door to the road course area, they asked us (and several others) to cut it out or leave. We stopped the "tuning" immediately.
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Oh, the Florida air density and temperature difference had to be compensated for with some programming changes to the engine management because we do not have the ambient MAP working quite yet.
Oh, the Florida air density and temperature difference had to be compensated for with some programming changes to the engine management because we do not have the ambient MAP working quite yet.
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The Zender Mk1 is now unloaded and waiting for race tires.
The Zender Mk1 is now unloaded and waiting for race tires.
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Hmmm, small breakage, easily fixed this time.
Hmmm, small breakage, easily fixed this time.
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Waiting in line to get this sled through the race tech inspection - and it passes. :)  (except for that NOS blow-down tube, yep)
Waiting in line to get this sled through the race tech inspection - and it passes. :) (except for that NOS blow-down tube, yep)
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Allyn came with us to help out and drive, he did tons of work too.  Cleaning and scrapping off paint overspray from the windows with a razorblade was one of his specialties.
Allyn came with us to help out and drive, he did tons of work too. Cleaning and scrapping off paint overspray from the windows with a razorblade was one of his specialties.
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Prepping for the autocross
Prepping for the autocross
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We're going to run the odd numbered cars in the morning, so we change out the race rubber.
We're going to run the odd numbered cars in the morning, so we change out the race rubber.
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We will spend all morning and some of the afternoon working on the Mk2, mostly engine tuning and some cleaning.
We will spend all morning and some of the afternoon working on the Mk2, mostly engine tuning and some cleaning.
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Suprisingly, we were not the only Sciroccos entered, this was another competitor.  His car broke early on by shattering a diff case on the transmission during a hard launch at the drags the next day.  Breaking A1's became a habit.
Suprisingly, we were not the only Sciroccos entered, this was another competitor. His car broke early on by shattering a diff case on the transmission during a hard launch at the drags the next day. Breaking A1's became a habit.
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Sitting waiting for our turn in the afternoon again
Sitting waiting for our turn in the afternoon again
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Our little Scirocco corner, that's Brian and his brother Byron in the background.
Our little Scirocco corner, that's Brian and his brother Byron in the background.
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The other Scirocco competitor on the course
The other Scirocco competitor on the course
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This car was very clean, also running a 2L ABA
This car was very clean, also running a 2L ABA
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DSC01712
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That's Brian's dad Tim, and Brian.  I'm in the car with a laptop trying to sort out what mystery combo of engine parameters will get us running well.
That's Brian's dad Tim, and Brian. I'm in the car with a laptop trying to sort out what mystery combo of engine parameters will get us running well.
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Did I mention that back shot?  We're working on getting the carbs, I mean Suzuki GSXR ITB's in sync.
Did I mention that back shot? We're working on getting the carbs, I mean Suzuki GSXR ITB's in sync.
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The process is made much more difficult because this is a car that doesn't want to generate enough vacuum to properly run the vacuum gauge - without it flipping around so fast you cannot read it.
The process is made much more difficult because this is a car that doesn't want to generate enough vacuum to properly run the vacuum gauge - without it flipping around so fast you cannot read it.
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Brians arms are lost in *hot* maze of tiny little inaccessible vacuum hoses...this is not fun moment.
Brians arms are lost in *hot* maze of tiny little inaccessible vacuum hoses...this is not fun moment.
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Yep, that is an intense look on constipation, I mean, concentration on my face.  (VEMS is like Megasquirt see, but I tell people that because it's European, they are drunk on better booze during the design and engineering phases)
Yep, that is an intense look on constipation, I mean, concentration on my face. (VEMS is like Megasquirt see, but I tell people that because it's European, they are drunk on better booze during the design and engineering phases)
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It's too bad, but this engine just doesn't suck (tm).
It's too bad, but this engine just doesn't suck (tm).
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Time running out to get out on the autocross - still tuning
Time running out to get out on the autocross - still tuning
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Brian and Brett, treating the GRM event as our big "test-and-tune" outing.
Brian and Brett, treating the GRM event as our big "test-and-tune" outing.
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"What do you mean we don't have satellite TV?"We're both pouring over real-time engine running conditions trying to tune the VE and spark maps for consistent running.
"What do you mean we don't have satellite TV?"
We're both pouring over real-time engine running conditions trying to tune the VE and spark maps for consistent running.
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Brian, trying very hard to get the ITB's sync'd up (like trying to get 4 little carbs drawing the same vacuum)
Brian, trying very hard to get the ITB's sync'd up (like trying to get 4 little carbs drawing the same vacuum)
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Showing off for some other appreciative challenge competitors
Showing off for some other appreciative challenge competitors
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Ok, tires are on now, let's go racing soon!  (They're already pressuring us from the annoucing trailer to get your car up there if you haven't run yet)
Ok, tires are on now, let's go racing soon! (They're already pressuring us from the annoucing trailer to get your car up there if you haven't run yet)
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Highlight for Album: Zender Mk1 Autocross
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Album: Zender Mk1 Autocross

Check out this album for pictures of this car on the autocross. This Mk1 is equipped with an ABA 2L, 13x8 rims, ST bars, Tokicos, and a nice Zender bodykit. This was actually a sub $1000 entry!
Last change: 02/13/2008
Contains: 43 items.
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Highlight for Album: Silver Mk1 Autocross
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Album: Silver Mk1 Autocross

The pretty stock Mk1, 1.8L 8v. Check out this album for it's autocross pictures. Check those old-skool Revolution RFX's with rock-like Toyo Proxies. It also has a real nice race seat!
Last change: 02/13/2008
Contains: 40 items.
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Highlight for Album: 16v ITB Racer Autocross
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Album: 16v ITB Racer Autocross

This car has real race car aspirations, if only we could get it running 100% all the time. Check out this album to read the autocross story. This car did pretty well.
Last change: 02/13/2008
Contains: 39 items.
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This is Ben Harders old Mk1, which Dan Bubb had for while, which Brian McGarvey bought and gave to his brother Brad which lets his daughter drive it to college.  See, they never leave home. And now it has gone to Brian's other brother Byron.
This is Ben Harders old Mk1, which Dan Bubb had for while, which Brian McGarvey bought and gave to his brother Brad which lets his daughter drive it to college. See, they never leave home. And now it has gone to Brian's other brother Byron.
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Something bad is about to be discovered...
Something bad is about to be discovered...
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While changing the tires, we find out that three studs are stripped out on the rear of the Mk1 with the 2L ABA.
While changing the tires, we find out that three studs are stripped out on the rear of the Mk1 with the 2L ABA.
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Didn't I tell you that it wouldn't be the end of it?
Didn't I tell you that it wouldn't be the end of it?
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Yep, three lug holes stripped. We end up swapping the right rear drum between the silver Mk1 and this one so each car could still run
Yep, three lug holes stripped. We end up swapping the right rear drum between the silver Mk1 and this one so each car could still run
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Brad's Mk1, 1.8L JH, mostly stock everywhere else.  It's about to lend it's stock brake drum, because you cannot buy one from a FLAPS in this area
Brad's Mk1, 1.8L JH, mostly stock everywhere else. It's about to lend it's stock brake drum, because you cannot buy one from a FLAPS in this area
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After the white Mk1 gets pushed off the autocross course during it's first run, a couple of fixes are applied because the throttle was jammed Wide Open.  Unpleasant suprise during the first braking zone.
After the white Mk1 gets pushed off the autocross course during it's first run, a couple of fixes are applied because the throttle was jammed Wide Open. Unpleasant suprise during the first braking zone.
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"Cut me Mick, I mean Brian."  We're so cool, we have air saws at the track.  Yeah, uh.
"Cut me Mick, I mean Brian." We're so cool, we have air saws at the track. Yeah, uh.
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"Free the throttle!" Oh, and fix the wide open thottle NOS trigger so it doesn't jamb the tbody secondary, mmmm-kay?
"Free the throttle!" Oh, and fix the wide open thottle NOS trigger so it doesn't jamb the tbody secondary, mmmm-kay?
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The pro drivers where very, well pro. They had multiple national champions available to whip our rides better then we could.  The back of the shirts say: "I am a professional driver.  This is a closed course."
The pro drivers where very, well pro. They had multiple national champions available to whip our rides better then we could.
The back of the shirts say: "I am a professional driver. This is a closed course."
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That's Alan McCrispin in the middle there between Brian and Brett.  He drove our car way better then we did, and put it into 10th place overall on the autocross course with a 45.501.  We spent some time talking with him about how we make it handle better.  Neil summed it up last year with "More."
That's Alan McCrispin in the middle there between Brian and Brett. He drove our car way better then we did, and put it into 10th place overall on the autocross course with a 45.501. We spent some time talking with him about how we make it handle better. Neil summed it up last year with "More."
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Our little racer, at speed.We came in 10th place for the autocross out of 62.
Our little racer, at speed.
We came in 10th place for the autocross out of 62.
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Yes, that Supertrapp is about to fall off, why?
Yes, that Supertrapp is about to fall off, why?
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The 2L ABA Mk1 lining up for another run at the track
The 2L ABA Mk1 lining up for another run at the track
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Yes, Brett does keep his eye's closed during the on-course driving also, he says it improves his Zen-like car control and cone sensing.
Yes, Brett does keep his eye's closed during the on-course driving also, he says it improves his Zen-like car control and cone sensing.
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Put the cars away until Saturday
Put the cars away until Saturday
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Unloading the cars for the drag event on Saturday
Unloading the cars for the drag event on Saturday
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We need to get the car to the concours event ASAP this morning so we're doing some last minute stickering and cleaning
We need to get the car to the concours event ASAP this morning so we're doing some last minute stickering and cleaning
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If you want the race car look, well you really ought to have a race car, eh?  I do not recommend this for the street, it's a little harsh.  (That's the NOS line snaking it's way along the floor)
If you want the race car look, well you really ought to have a race car, eh? I do not recommend this for the street, it's a little harsh. (That's the NOS line snaking it's way along the floor)
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Brian and Brett, *not* arguing like 2 old ladies because we did all that before the event this time.
Brian and Brett, *not* arguing like 2 old ladies because we did all that before the event this time.
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Sponsorship has it's rewards - laying on more Parts4VWs vinyl
Sponsorship has it's rewards - laying on more Parts4VWs vinyl
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A portion of our 3 trailer paddock area, that's Allyn's Reiger to the left.  Some people just stopped by to check it out.
A portion of our 3 trailer paddock area, that's Allyn's Reiger to the left. Some people just stopped by to check it out.
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Highlight for Album: The Concours (showcar)
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Album: The Concours (showcar)

The Concours (showcar) portion of the event - judges like our "enthusiasm"...
Last change: 02/13/2008
Contains: 9 items.
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Debris removal for the auto-x
Debris removal for the auto-x
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Pulling yesterdays 13x8's in favor of some tall G60 rims in the back and some teardrop mounted drag radials in the front. (remember, we can't afford to have the best lightest rims for every event, there's no room in the budget)
Pulling yesterdays 13x8's in favor of some tall G60 rims in the back and some teardrop mounted drag radials in the front. (remember, we can't afford to have the best lightest rims for every event, there's no room in the budget)
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"Ah, that's where I left my 10mm..."
"Ah, that's where I left my 10mm..."
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Drum swapped back to race the Mk1 Zender again
Drum swapped back to race the Mk1 Zender again
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The Zender Mk1 is going to take it's first run at the drags
The Zender Mk1 is going to take it's first run at the drags
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Lining up and burning out
Lining up and burning out
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In the pre-staging lanes going to the drags with the loud car
In the pre-staging lanes going to the drags with the loud car
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Brian lining it up...
Brian lining it up...
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GO!  He finishes a poor 16.3 or something.  Not his fault, the car is not running properly again...could be atmo. pressure or temperature because we're manually compensating
GO! He finishes a poor 16.3 or something. Not his fault, the car is not running properly again...could be atmo. pressure or temperature because we're manually compensating
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The Mk1 Zender lined up again...
The Mk1 Zender lined up again...
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It hops...and stops.
It hops...and stops.
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Pushing it backwards...later on that day, GRM J.G. up in the booth mentioned that he's seeing many more A1 VW's coming towards him backing up then going away down the track. Thanks.
Pushing it backwards...later on that day, GRM J.G. up in the booth mentioned that he's seeing many more A1 VW's coming towards him backing up then going away down the track. Thanks.
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