Sunday, June 28, 2020

NMS-North Reveals New HQ!

Garage On Top Floor!

The northern half of NMS has relocated a few miles away, and today held an open house and press conference to announce a substantial upgrade in facilities. Harkening back to the early days of NMS (way back in 2013), when we started out in South Carolina with a 2 car garage,  the NMS-North squad now finds itself in a historic two car garage. This unique motor sports facility is part of a 4 car garage for a mansion on the scenic north shore "Gold Coast" of Long Island. The HQ building is not only a garage, but also a 1 bedroom home to NMS-N, with living quarters one floor below the garage!
It Looks Big Enough For Two Cars!

How do you have a garage on the top floor of a 3 story building? Easy, you just build the garage into the side of a hill, have a driveway for the garage side and another driveway for the basement side.

Big Enough For These Two Cars At Least!

While the Northeast part of the USA is slowly opening up to life with the Covid-19 virus, we're hopeful that the new HQ will soon be home to some good old car wrenching and preparing for autocross and track days before the summer is over. In the meantime, we've got more boxes to unpack!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Awesome Auto Auction Action!

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Signed Racing Suit, Gloves, and Boots
Bid on a signed race suit from 6 time champion Lewis Hamilton (left)

While we haven't returned to any autocross or track driving action, that has freed up some time to check out other automotive activities like auctions for example. Starting tomorrow, the fine folks at Sotheby's will be offering a big collection of autographed race suits, helmets, and other items from famous drivers. This auction is titled the Race Against Covid, so you could check out some cool racing gear, place a bid, and support the fight against the virus. Check out this link to see all the items up for auction:   

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Racing Suit, 2019 -
You can bid on a Sebastian Vettel 2019 Ferrari race suit!

While I was checking out that auction at Sotheby's, I found another cool car collection, check out this auction of old pedal cars for kids! This auction of 57 pedal cars starts June 17th, check it out!

Ford Mustang, 1964 -
1964 Mustang Pedal Car

Monday, June 8, 2020

Start A Relationship With A 25 Year Old!

Unboxing Honda Integra 1995 Type-R (Japan Spec), JDM Tuners Jada ...
1995 Honda Integra R

Dear USA Car Fanatics,

You might have noticed that all of the cars on the planet Earth come in two flavors, chocolate and vanilla. I mean, cars that are sold in our country, and cars that are NOT sold in the USA. You can pretty much just look around outside, or watch some TV commercials, and read some magazines (remember those?) to see what cars are sold here. Most of the cars sold here are trucks, and SUVs, but for now we'll just say cars. Of course, if you're in the military, there is a three letter acronym for the three letter word car: POV. Your POV is your Personally Owned Vehicle, so please don't get confused by this Point of View (POV).

Anyway, so there's all these trucks/suvs/cars sold here and then there are the cars made just for other countries. Shoot, some of them would be illegal to import here, because they may not be built to meet the US mandated safety standards or whatever our MPG and pollution requirements are right now. For all I know they still have Fred Flintstone cars with brake-by-foot or coal-powered cars somewhere. However...

There is this little law that allows cars that are at least 25 years old to be imported, regardless of the safety and pollution controls. This has created a bit of a cottage cheese, I mean, cottage industry of folks that import these gray market autos. So, if you're looking for the latest 25 year old cars to import now that it's 2020, here's a couple of cool cars to consider. Lucky for you, you can read this article in Motor Trend that lays out their picks: MotorTrend25YearOlds

You might have heard of the Acura Integra R, which came to the USA in 1997, but, two years earlier in Japan there was the Honda Integra R. Hey, my math isn't the greatest, but I bet 1995 is at least 25 years ago, so why not get a cool (acronym warning) JDM Honda Integra R? (JDM=Japanese Domestic Market)

Or if you need an Italian auto that wasn't sold here way back in 1995, how about the Alfa Romeo 146? They weren't selling any Alfas here in 95, and this car certainly isn't a Ferrari or anything like that, but you'd likely be the only one on your block to be driving one. Only one in your county or state more likely!

Way back in 1995, before we formed NMS, Brian and I moved to Germany, so, if you're looking for a cool German auto from that year to import, how about a BMW Alpina B8? The Motor Trend folks say it's based on a 3 series, but wait a minute. Way back then the biggest motor in the 3 was a 6 cylinder, but this Alpina B8 has an 8 cylinder. Again, using math, that's at least like 2 more cylinders!!

BMW Alpina B8
All the cars mentioned here make GREAT Father's Day gifts!