Friday, July 7, 2023

NMS-North Preps for Carolinas Autocross

Live from the new NMS-North world HQ in Rock Hill SC, we've just learned that the NMS #77 will make its Carolinas debut for 2023 on July 15th in autocross action with the Central Carolinas Region (CCR, not to be confused with John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival) of the Sports Car Club of America. If you don't know who John Fogerty is, ask an older person that likes rock music. We saw him at Radio City earlier this year and he's still rockin' away. NMS-North last lived in the Carolinas in 2014, so it's likely they've returned for the boiled peanuts. 

Anyway, like many of the CCR events, this autocross competition will take place at the Zmax Dragway, which is part of the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex. While it's not the dirt oval next door, or the high-banked NASCAR  home of the Coca-Cola 600, Zmax is well known for it's 4-wide drag strip! OK, we won't be driving on the drag strip either, but, the important part is that the drag strip has a huge parking lot that is GREAT for autocross! Bigger parking lot equals bigger and longer autocross runs, which also equals more fun. I think Einstein came up with that equation (BPL=B+L AX=F.U.N.) but don't quote me on it. However, probably the main reason he left Switzerland was that the central European country would later outlaw auto racing, and I've gotta say that moving out of a country with no auto racing was a smart move for Herr Einstein!

Unlike the Porsche Club of America autocross events, the SCCA has even more car classes, so right now we're waiting for more drivers to register and see how many other cars will be in the Cayman's B Street class. Regardless, all cars then compete with their PAX time, so this will be a tough battle for NMS because so many other cars (like C Street, D Street, E Street, F Street, G Street, heck even Sesame Street) all get a more advantageous PAX modifier. Whatever, the bottom line is to take your car and drive it like you stole it, and see how fast you can go and not worry about the other drivers! 

NMS also announced some huge upgrades to their auto crossing arsenal of awesomeness, with a brand new shiny pop up canopy to help beat the Carolina heat in between driving runs. Believe it or not, it seems to be a bit hotter down south than it is up in New York, but we're still researching this before jumping to any conclusions. 

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