Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy "Give Thanks for Racing" Day!

Happy Holiday!

 NMS wants you to know that we take the COVID pandemic seriously, but, we'll still wish you a happy Thanks for Racing Day today! We're all staying home with loved ones (and turkey), and wish you the best over the holidays and in 2021. 

The Lemons Car Will Return in 2021

Speaking of the pandemic, the 24 Hours of Lemons folks have cancelled the December race in Atlanta, so we've noted that on our Schedule page of this blog. On a positive note, it sounds like the virus people are working over time to get us all COVID free in 2021, so we're all looking forward to that day!

These Idiots Are Sure To Return Next Year Too

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Cars+Coffee November

On a Sunday morning in the Covid era, and with no Formula 1 race for another week, and certainly no other driving events to keep me out of trouble, it was time to visit the local Cars and Coffee in Manhasset NY outside of Macy's before they open. Car wise? Excellent! Coffee wise? Good enough with my regular brew at home, but since I was there from about 9AM-10AM, the Starbucks inside Macy's wasn't open yet. Oh well, it was just chilly enough that an hour was plenty for me. Here we go!

How about a brand new mid-engine 2021 Corvette in whatever color this is called?

The Corvette was not the most expensive car I saw, not by a long shot. That title probably goes to this Porsche GT2RS. From what I could Google about it, the retail on this bad boy started at about $293,000. They only made 1,000 of them. Well, not counting the three customer cars that sank in the ocean on their way over, but then the factory tooled up to make those 3 for their waiting customers. Oh, it has 700hp and goes 211mph. 

If $300,000 and change is a bit too rich, here's some more common Porsche GT3s that will run you maybe $150,000. Three white ones with 2 different versions of the NY state license plate. Since this is SO MUCH CHEAPER than the GT2RS, if I'm correct that it's the 2017-2019 version, these have "only" 493hp and will "only" go as fast as 198mph. 

Here's a GT3 in Red. My guess would be that the red one is faster, since red is the fastest color. 

Another cool feature I noticed on the GT3s, which a lot of race cars (like in F1 anyway) have is that the wheels do not have lug nuts, they just have the one center lock device. I guess that means my trusty tire tool or socket sets wouldn't work, and I'd have to go buy a special wheel gun to change wheels. However, if you can afford a 6 figure automobile, I figure you've got people to do that kind of thing. At a minimum you've got the money to buy those special tools too!

OK, enough with the new, fancy, expensive, fast cars. How about some old cars? Glad you asked! Keeping it red for now, here's a couple of Mercedes cars, a red 250SL and a later maroon 560SL. I'm not a Mercedes expert, but I'm going to say these are older than what we've seen so far. The set up on the wipers of the red car was unusual, and you've got to love the red wheel covers too. 

Let's close this out in the USA with another red car, a Chevy Chevelle SS 454! This thing looked awesome, lots of attention paid to the engine bay. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Good Bye 2020!

Best Use of a Creeper, Tire Mover!

Good-bye 2020, and I mean that most sincerely! Adios, farewell, Tchuss, Auf Wiedersehen, etc. The year 2020 can just go away and let us hope for a better 2021! Car-wise, we still did some fun things this year, and to finish it off, last weekend I swapped out my wheels, gave the car a quick wash, and even washed those track/autocross wheels to put them away for  next year. Maybe just cleaning stuff isn't as much fun as doing a tune up or rebuilding an engine (which I can't do anyway), so my point is to have fun with your car no matter what it is. Even if your only expertise is putting gas in it, or checking the tires for the right air pressure, you can make your car last longer by keeping it in good shape. 

Wheel With Lug-nut Adapter
These 19 inch wheels are crazy heavy, I'm looking for some 17 inch replacements
that also don't need special lugs. 

Another good reason to wash your car is that it forces you to look at all the outside surfaces of the car, and either clean it up or maybe spot something that can be fixed. 

Bath Time

Maybe Cleaner Wheels Weigh Less and Go Faster?!?!

The 18 inch OZ wheels above with Hankook RS4 tires looked like they were in great shape. After a little over 1,000 miles that included 7 autocross runs, and 2 HPDE days on track, the tires should get me through all of 2021 too. At least that's my plan, and my budget's plan! During the clean up and inspection I noticed just a small amount of OPR (Other People's Rubber) those little bits of semi-melted rubber that your wheels and tires pick up on a track or maybe even an autocross. During the F1 races on TV you can see the little bits of shredded rubber piling up around the track. David Hobbs always referred to it as "clag", so now I'm going to see if I can work "clag" into my vocabulary as much as possible. 

Some owners of very expensive cars will put them away and store them for the winter, since you certainly may not want to be driving that million dollar McLaren through such messy snow or ice. Luckily for us, we're not that rich and don't store things away for an entire winter too much, so we save even more money all those storage fees, battery tenders, or fancy wheel cradles to keep your wheels round. On the other hand, I managed to win 7 bucks in the Powerball last night, so things are looking pretty good financially!