Near the NMS-North HQ is the Norfolk Naval Base, and once a quarter they just HAVE to get rid of any automobiles that have been abandoned. They do this by selling these vehicles "as is" in a live auction. If nothing else, I'm a sucker for free entertainment, and it's always fun to hear the auctioneer and see how the crowd reacts to various trucks, cars, sometimes a trailer, or even a boat. There is no reserve on these vehicles, and I've seen them go for as low as 50 bucks, and some of them don't even sell at that price. If you are handy, and have your own truck and trailer, you could probably buy any of these for 50 bucks and at least get your money back by selling it to a junk yard or your local Pick-N-Pull type place.
The other fun part is the fantasy of actually buying a car at a huge bargain. So far I've only bought the one Mustang at a bargain, but until we get it running (hopefully next weekend), it's not quite in the "huge" category as far as bargains go. So far it's in the "could just about break even by junking it as is right now if I had to but who who wants to do that" category. With a few fuel pump arriving soon, we'll see if it fires up soon.
Back to the auction! We'll take a guess at the selling price before the auction on Wednesday, and then report later on how well we did. At the last auction we had a bad hair day and were off on more than we go right, so maybe we can do a little better this time.
Here's the list of vehicles from the auctioneer, Gene Daniels Gene Daniels Auctions The auction is open to military ID card holders only. I think the top sellers will be the Toyota Tacoma, a Dodge Ram, and a 2007 Mustang GT. Some car brands for sale that you can't buy new anymore include Isuzu, Saturn, and Oldsmobile. Marks that start getting into the luxury crowd include an Acura TL and a Lexus. Most unusual vehicles in this auction are some small school buses, so there's something for everyone!
Heck, maybe it's really great, let's get things rolling here and estimate it selling at:
Looking a bit, um, rough.
Plus, on the negative side, there are some other Jeeps, and some sweet looking other pickups in this sale.
I'm going to say it's not a hot seller, but someone will take it home for:
The tail gate was missing the top piece of trim, but other than that seems to be in reasonable shape. Tires weren't very old either.
Hard to say, but let's go with:
Was the engine underwater?
Heck, let's back off that estimate to:
Uh, boy is that out of focus!
Let's just throw out:
Hmmm, front bumper and paint looking rough, passenger mirror not in good shape.
I don't feel the love for these, so let's just say someone will scrap it, so it will sell for:
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
In a bold move last week, NMS South Operations Manager, Brian Nixon made the move to trade in the Molten Orange Fiesta ST after only 18 months for a 2006 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck.
At the NMS world headquarters in Columbia SC, the NMS team announced changes to their vehicle line-ups for 2017. Team spokesman Brian
Nixon stated that while the 1999 Mazda Miata and 2013 FIAT Abarth would
remain mostly unchanged for autocross this year, the NMS team has bid
farewell to the 2016 Ford Fiesta ST. In its short time with the team,
the bright orange "Salute to Clemson" Fiesta had taken several 1st place
wins in autocross, but is now retired to join the first NMS Miata (a
2004 MazdaSpeed Miata turbo) in the NMS Retired Cars Hall of Fame.
sources have revealed that NMS now operates various autocross and track
cars, has a tow vehicle, but is apparently lacking the actual
"trailer" needed to transport race prepped vehicles. When asked to
clarify this point, the NMS spokesman quickly changed the subject and
distracted reporters with the offer of something he called "free beer."
This pretty much ended the press conference, but not before Brian
confirmed that both the 2000 Mustang, and 1970s Dodge Coronet were
likely to also see action in autocross and LeMons racing later in the
|Fresh from the local Mazda dealer, is the new truck.|
|Just days later the truck is looking cleaner and has gotten the vinyl treatment on the Chevy logo.|
|The 11 year old truck was showing it's age on the tailgate. Not only was it a "Hevrolet" but the tailgate did not lower.|
|Making progress. The truck is all cleaned up and has a working tailgate. Keen eyes will note that the truck sports the same licenses plate worn by NMS vehicles dating back to the Mazdaspeed Miata.|
Monday, February 20, 2017
|Brian in Orange|
On a beautiful weekend in the Palmetto state, Brian Nixon kicked off the NMS season with a big bang on Sunday, taking 5th place overall PAX out of 103 drivers! This was a great turn-out at Darlington for the South Carolina Region of the Sports Car Club of America, and they'll be competing once a month for most of the rest of 2017. NMS co-driver last year Jason Rucker also landed in the top 10, with 10th place on the day in a different car.
Brian and the NMS Miata competed in the Pro class, which features cars from all classes, and attracts the fastest drivers in the region. He placed a solid 4th place in Pro, and is off to a flying start in 2017.
Overall, the Miata gang took 5 of the top 10 places, with our friends Kyle Ray-Smith, Luke O'Hara, and Marty Bull all up there fighting for the win. The autocross crowd is a great group of drivers and friends, and it's great to be competing again, win lose or draw. (although winning is more fun!)
Listed below are the top 10 overall PAX drivers out of 103 competitors. For all the results you can find them on the SCR results page at: FEB RESULTS
|Place||Driver||Car Model||Pax Time||Diff.||From 1st|
|1||Jason Fetchko||2003 Toyota MR2||25.531||0||0|
|2||Kyle Ray-Smith||2001 Mazda Miata||25.557||0.026||0.026|
|3||Luke O’Hara||2001 Mazda Miata||25.719||0.162||0.188|
|4||Chad Parker||2016 Scion FR-S||25.986||0.267||0.455|
|5||Brian Nixon||1999 Mazda Miata||26.014||0.028||0.483|
|7||Jaybird||1999 Mazda Miata||26.024||0.007||0.493|
|8||Dave Jenkins||2010 Subaru STI||26.029||0.005||0.498|
|9||Marty Bull||2005 Mazdaspeed MX5||26.048||0.019||0.517|
|10||Jason Rucker||2016 Scion FR-S||26.175||0.127||0.644|
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
|Hyundai Ioniq hybrid|
Today I attended this annual auto show, and let me just say this: You get a free year's subscription to Motor Trend magazine with every paid admission! Hey, it pays for itself! I've attended this a few years in a row now, and a few years before that in Greenville SC, so look for a Motor Trend auto show near you!
The show in Richmond continues thru Sunday this weekend. Opens at 10am every day.
Here are some highlights!
|Corvette Grand Sport, starts at only $67,000!|
|Corvette = 'MERICA!|
|Chevy Bolt = All Electric!|
|Chevy Suburban = When you need a BIG ONE!|
|My lovely assistant checks the Buick|
|Buick mesh in the sun roof|
|FIAT 124 Spider Abarth|
|Honda Civic = Built in England, I did not know that. Some are also built in Canada|
|Mustang 5.0 GT|
|Mustang = 'MERICA!|
|Mustang California Special badge|
|SPOILER ALERT! BRZ|
|292 horsepower in a VW Golf for only $40,000|
|VW GOLF R|
|VW Wolfsburg badge on an SUV|
|Aston Martin = Good enough for James Bond!|
|Alfa Romeo 4C = Carbon Fiber body|
|Mercedes AMG GT|
|Lexus = My least favorite grill in the world|
|Mustang Shelby display|
|Classic Mustang G.T. 350|