Saturday, February 25, 2017

NMS South Firing on More Cylinders

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.

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.
 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.

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.
Unconfirmed 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 year.

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