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The Great Automation Run | Chapter 16 and final results!


The Team:

Name: Blake Worden, Luigi Fillipelli

Age: Blake: 34, Luigi: 27 (In 1995)

The Car: Customized 1995 Petoskey Montauk

Background: Worden and Fillipelli have been tasked by the Foundation for Law And Government to infiltrate an illegal Trans-Europe race in order to sniff out arms smugglers using the race for cover. They have been issued a talking, computerized state of the art sports car which not only offers superb speed, but is bulletproof, completely fuel efficient, and can even drive itself…

…Or not.

The Real Background: Blake Worden is a mechanic working for the Tatum Heights Motor Pool, He initially offered to take along Officer Marc Levinstein. Levinstein while intrigued reminded Worden that what he was proposing is illegal and therefore could take no part in it. He did, however, direct him to a seized 1995 Montauk for sale. The previous owner having just been convicted for murder and thus would no longer have a use for the car… or any other possessions for that matter. Since Marc couldn’t make it, he then offered his friend Luigi Fillipelli, a young mechanic at the local Cresge dealership. Luigi was intrigued, especially for a chance to visit the Old Country which he left six years ago to come to America. With five million dollars on the line, both men were keen on the idea and the team was born.

(What the car would have looked like if the first post was accurate)


Team Marx

Names: Karl and Lenin

Age: Karl: (classified) Lenin: (Classified)

The car: heavily Modified 2nd gen Communitasia

The Car itself started life as a basic Communitasia 2 door, which was found on the side of the road with a for sale sign on it. It was purchased and taken home. from there, the old engine was swapped out with a Galt crate motor, their recently released GVTS Quadcam V8, which amazingly fit under the hood of the communitasia. from there, they added in a 6 speed transmission from a totaled sports car, and the gearing was retuned to the optimal ratios. a wing was also added on along with a downforce undertray to help keep control. The suspension was also massively retuned, with many performance parts that have been made by third parties over the years. Thee final result was a car that can achieve 160 miles per hour, while also being able to pull over a G in the corners. the only thing really left to be desired though, is fuel economy.

my goal really is to just not come in last k?


Just started to experiment by building 2 other possible entries, here’s something to go with the latest & greatest:


The Lone Wolf

(If you just want the car stuff, scroll down a little ways)

Name: James Carhard

Age: 26

Car: Modified 1968 AEA Barracuda GT

Born in the middle of the United States, James grew up perpetually bored. And his boredom lead to mischief and petty theft. This got him in trouble often, and he learned street smarts quite quickly. By 12, he had more street smarts than most 30 something adults, and it was around this time his family moved to a quiet farming community, 20 minutes away from the large cities. His Father had to move away from the cities due to the divorce with his wife, and due to James’ own troubled ways.

This amplified James’ boredom, and mischievous ways, until he met the local teen daredevils. Motor bikes and dirt track racing satisfied James’ boredom for a few years.

One day in 1985, James’ Father was driving the family sedan, running some errands on the outside skirts of town with James. James recognized that part of town, asking why they needed to be there. He never got an answer, as a stray bullet from a Drive-By shooting went through the driver window, striking his father in the jugular. His father slumped down, James covered in the splatter. His Father left his inheritance, or what was left of it, to James, and that included Grandpa Mack’s 2 classic cars. One of those cars was a beat-up 1968 Barracuda GT.

From there James had to move in with an uncle, an uncle with contacts. His uncle saw the potential to use James as a driver for, well… deliveries.

Once James turned 18, he left, chasing an ever growing adrenaline rush… And a slowly growing bitter anger toward the people responsible for his father’s death.

In March of 1988, James found the gang responsible for the stray bullet that killed his father. He basically stalked the 2 remaining gang members who were left from the drive-by shooting. And he did it using the Barracuda GT in it’s tired, unrestored state. In the end, he used the Barracuda to run the 2 gang members off the road, killing them while heavily damaging the car.

His Uncle caught wind of James’ exploits, and persuaded him to come back and work for him. James had very little say in the matter. His uncle asked about James’ vehicles, and upon hearing about the damage done to the Barracuda, his uncle proposed restoring the Other Car James had inherited way back when.


James’ wild streak has grown. His Adrenaline Exploits have made him infamous among the general public. But that’s part of his cover for his, er… delivery business among other things. And the “underground scene” is heating up rapidly, too rapidly even for James. So he starts banking on his “reckless driving” as the papers are putting it. More illegal street racing, more wild cop chases, and more merchandise heists. To keep up the appearances, he starts working on the Barracuda again, rebuilding it for “safety” reasons to keep up with the current influx of what would be known later as tuners.

The Great Automation Run

Wanting to expand his reputation, James heard about the GAR, and decided that’s exactly what he’s been craving. And with it taking place in Europe, it was a perfect opportunity.

The Car: 1968 AEA Barracuda GT

Starting with a well abused Barracuda inherited from his Father, James stripped it down for a full restoration.

Rebuilt front-end with slightly better springs and shocks, Stiffer sway bars
Bigger, vented brakes on all 4 corners with modern, sticky, wide rubber.
A rare set of Magnesium rims he won in some illegal drag race.
James stripped the rear seats from the interior to make room for “packages” and 2 spare tires for this race.
He got a cassette player too.

The engine is a fully rebuilt AEA big block 455ci V8 with a healthy cam and twin 4bbl carbs.
For the GAR, James decided to increase the timing slightly, and tuned the carbs a little leaner so he could get at least a little fuel economy (don’t mind the engine still makes 1hp per cubic inch)
Also has full length exhaust headers running into a 2.5" dual exhaust system with glasspacks.

And all James changed about the body work was some slightly larger fender flares to fit the meaty tires.

Now James is ready to race, itching for the adrenaline rush ahead.


I picture Snake as James the whole time I read the lone wolf.

Even his car is a red muscle car :stuck_out_tongue:


Simpel-Karr Breezer - SK Breezer Tuned-2

Name: Sumgit W’thoutaklu
Age: Hard to tell, all those foreigners look alike to me, maybe 25?
Background: Sumgit liked making stupid proposals to his boss’s bosses, that’s why he worked in the test lab. He also liked tweaking grandma’s R31 skyline… she thought he tuned like an old lady. I’m still trying to work out how she got the car to Gibraltar. Anyways, she got sick of his shit and pulled the engine out when he was at work, replacing it with a VQ30DET.

Simpel-Karr had finished design work on their next car but not yet decided what engine would be fitted. Sumgit W’thoutaklu from the test lab suggested a 2nd hand RB30 his grandmother was trying to get rid of, something about 300hp being piss-weak. Management said he could stick it… he thought that meant yes.
After the event, he was promptly fired, but the body was returned to R&D, where it would later be used in what would be known as the Automation Engineers Championship.


Would safety also factor into these? I like to get my safety numbers just right

You’re way off the pace with that sort of consumption, mate.


Safety factors for the quality points as well.


Ah… pity. But ok, I’ll work around it. Cheers.


Name: Theodore “Teddy” Greenberg

Age: 32

Car: Modified Scarab Comet GT


Teddy, a white collar engineer, good natured and calm and somewhat goofy guy with a boring programming gig by day.
Come nighttime, tho, he fools around the in streets, trying out his prototyped gear in his newly aquired Comet. Living for inventions and adrenaline in equal measure, he combines his drive to make things better by invention or reprogramming, and the need for a good adrenaline rush by working on and racing his cars.

The GAR is the perfect place for him to put both his gear and driving to the test against both the other teams and the cops.


The modifications are small on the outside, rolled fenders to fit wider rims, replaced the popup with proper headlights and added a better rear wing. The interior is stripped bare to save weight, and the engine has recieved a proper racetune.



I was originally considering something like that. Problem is the cost was too much. That and everyone I’d overtake would pass me again while I’m at the gas station.


Absolutely zero points for guessing what car I’m bringing into this.

Name: Natasha “Glasses” Kuznetsova / Andrei “Molotok” Kuznetsov
Age: 24 / 31
Background: USSR fell and Russia emerged, chaotic, run by sellout politicians pretending to have the power, while mafia organizations battled each other for actual control of the country. Natasha and Andrei are children of a “Pahan”, a high ranking general in one of the mafia organizations. They both continued in their father’s footsteps, with Nat becoming an accountant, proficient in laundering large sums of money, and Andrei becoming an high level enforcer. Finding themselves on the losing side of a turf war, with the whole organization all but destroyed and the competitors gunning for every last person tied to their father’s crime organization, they fled the country in 1994.
Why are they taking part in the GAR?: The 5 million dollars is Nat’s’ shot at getting back her status and lifestyle, and she will stop at nothing to score the first place. Andrei is here to lend support to his little sister, co-pilot, pick up the slack when she’s tired and drive in her stead, and dispose of the bodies if need be.


Not much is known of this car apart that it’s one of the first R models. The car seems to have a few modifications used by the KHT time attack team for 1995, while lacking the turbo whistles that usually come with one of those. Apart from that, full white paintscheme and a bodykit the car seems to not be set up for peak power outputs.


Building one too, got the cost down enough, speed is definitely up there, it will pass anything but a gas station. And yes it will light up the rears now for the whole quarter mile.


I’m not one for RPing so do excuse my boring story

Names: MS-1 and NL-2

Age: Unknown/Unknown

A Conad lorry arrives at the supposed start of the Great Run in the dead of the night. An uninteresting sight, leaving even the most curious people just wondering what business does an Italian Supermarket chain lorry have all the way out in Spain? If they bothered to stay longer, they would see a red sports car being unloaded from where food and other commodities ought to be, and a team of men dressed in red scuffling about.

To prove its endurance, the Fatalita Corsa (and it’s two pilots, test drivers who were promised an F1 gig and a Crinale respectively for finishing) will be subject to the grueling race, with many dangers and unsavory figures in tuned up econoboxes threatening to ding its expensive aluminum body and chances at winning the race. Oh this effort is totally done without the knowledge of Assoluto Spa. and done by a completely unaffiliated party.

After performing background checks on some of the other entrants, Assoluto wonders if they might have gotten themselves into something they really really shouldn’t have.


Theodora Justinian.

Age: 26

Gender: Female

Personality: Manipulative, cunning and clever, Theodora is willing to put down anybody that stands between her and victory. She is arrogant, seeing herself as more clever than any of her competitors, and looks down her nose at those around her, particularly male race drivers.

Background: Born in Greece, Theodora found quick success selling Erin automobiles in West Germany, where she gained a passion for fast and fun cars.

Why are the entering the GAR?: Cash, excitement. Enough said.

The Car:

Those of you with sharp memories may recall this car from Automation D. As Nicholas’ Mother, She later passes this car onto him. But now, in 1995, it is a brand new car, with the same 5.4L Pushrod V8 rear mounted. The original car made roughly 240 Horsepower. With Theodora’s very legal modifications, the car is loud, fast, and ready for illegal racing.


You did a great job making the Comet look like an FD RX-7… Although obviously it’s not rotary-powered.

As for my Guardsman, its engine was already in a high state of tune, so I concentrated on reducing weight instead.


Why did we have to know? we didn’t ask.


Age 24
A 5 foot 10 inch tall cowboy from the southwestern United States.
He always wears a dusty black felt sweat stained cowboy hat, blue jeans, scuffed cowboy boots,
a long sleeve button down shirt tucked into his pants, and a belt with a large rodeo belt buckle

Age 5
A blue healer dog, missing part of his left ear to an onerey horse, stays in the truck unless Otis tells him its ok to get out.
Friendly but very defensive of Otis and the truck, unless Otis tells him that they are ok, and if Jake agrees.

Otis began racing go-carts at the age of 5, and started modifying the engines on them when he was 8. In his spare time after the chores he would read everything he could about engines and engine modification. At first it was hit and miss… like when he was 12 the riding mower threw a rod doing 60mph while mowing the yard with the engine reving at 7500rpm. Needless to say after the whipping Otises dad made him promise to only do safe modifications to the big equipment, and only when they already needed fixin. They still had the fastest tractors in the county. At 16 Otis began to realize that the engine was only part of the equation and started reading up on aerodynamics and suspension tuning, despite his understanding the benefits in a race Otis still prefered trucks as they were always in use and were basically his livelyhood.

Motivation for entering:
Well it started him and his friends with some beer… then some more beer… then one of them mentioned hearing about a race across Europe and how it would be so much fun. More beer was consumed, with his friends trying to coax him into entering his new truck… After a few more beers, and his friends promising to help set up the truck, and take care of things around the ranch he agreed. So while the boys worked on the truck, Otis’s wife made a harness and helmet for Jake, and taught him how to put on the helmet himself. Jake took to the helmet idea right away, especially around that ornery horse.

The Truck: Redneck Express
A single cab DMA T25-L 4X4 with the special ordered aluminum 10.5L V-12. Of course the truck has been converted to a rear wheel drive as part of its diet. It lost well over a ton of weight in the process, largely due to the amount of accessories that were on it.


Booooooo!!! :wink: