$1500 and $2001 Overall Challenge Champions
$2002 Challenge under $1,000 Champions
$2003 Challenge under $1,000 Champions
$2004 Challenge under $1,000 Champions
$2005 Challenge under $1,000 Champions
Yes, that is a chicken
of the battery!
won the first two Challenges, but we only had
$6.00 left in our building budget; what's the
challenge when you can't make many improvements for
the $2002 Challenge? So Team TOBACCO FREE!
decided to start over with a new car. When the
rules and classes were announced, we decided we
were going to go for the "top finishing car under
$1,000" while trying to finish in the top 3 overall
($2,002 cars). Now that's a challenge!
Six months prior to the event, we saved 3 1985ish
Nissan 300ZX's from Code Enforcement in front of a
chicken coop. The cost was 3 for $300 (343). The
chickens were removed from the cars and left to
deal with Code Enforcement without the wheels to
escape. Two of the cars were towed and the third
car was driven at 20 mph (LOUD banging under the
car) to their new home, The World's Fastest Clown's
The Nissan 343 Coop was born....
About 1,500 hours and $979.77 later we had built
The World's Fastest and Best Looking Nissan "Chicken"
The "working" car was full of water and
bugs (windows were down for 2 months in the Florida
rain), had no reverse, was HIT on the left front
and right rear, the bottom of the car had damage
from off-road driving, the shocks/struts were shot,
and of course some rust. On the bright side it had
a "newish" timing belt, radiator, injectors (Nissan
recall) and master cylinders.
Many of the modifications/creations are linked to
this page for your viewing entertainment. As you
can see by just the front of the car, creativity
and 2 parts cars came in handy. For example, the
bottom half of the nose is a nose off of a parts
car that was turned upside-down and bolted to the
original nose. We also used the headlight covers
from both parts cars to fill in the headlight
openings; the "working" headlights are mounted in
the trunk for ballast but are easily transferred to
the "original" location for night or rain driving.
Have you ever used a 5 gallon "Jerry" gas can as a
fuel cell, we did with the original in-tank fuel
Smoking the Competition