2024-2022

RUBY at Carolina Motorsports Park for SCCA's Track Night in America

2024
It's another new year at NMS, and we're looking forward to more driving, more fun, and just maybe more SPEED!

JANUARY
NMS-North returns to college in the Automotive Technology courses at York Technical College. With a big thanks to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, just maybe he can learn something to make the car go faster!

FEBRUARY
OK, now we're getting somewhere! The first track weekend, and the first autocross take place this month. Over two days at CMP, the NMS-North Cayman was working on driving skills with HPDE 2 of NASA-Southeast, getting down to a new NMS track record of 1:51.0. A week later, the Autocross season kicked off with the Central Carolina Region SCCA at ZMAX, with 203 drivers, NMS-N ended up 4th out of 5 in B Street, so there's lots of room for improvement there!  
In other news, the Bunch of Idiots have sold the Lemons Miata car to some new owners in Mississippi and will soon announce the return of a blast from the past Lemons car for 2024 races!

MARCH
Not a lot of driving action, as the Bunch of Idiots focused on prepping the Coronet for the April Lemons race at CMP. At NMS-South, further work saw the completion of the Spec Nissan Z rollcage other than painting. NMS-North continues in Auto-Tech classes, with autocross returning in April. 

APRIL
NMS-South and the Bunch of Idiots competed at the CMP Lemons Race, and it was great to see the purple Coronet back out on track. With tons of engine, brake, and other work, there were a few growing pains, but the team kept things going and finished the race. 
NMS-North got going with autocross, with two events with the Porsche Club of America, taking 1st in the S02 class at both Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Finishing 2nd fastest on the wet at one event was slip-sliding fun!

MAY
Both NMS drivers were at Michelin on the 26th, and this time it was NMS-North taking Fastest Blogger on the day. Brian took 3rd in his class, driving the BMW, and Robert was 2nd in his class and 6th fastest P-car with the Cayman. Not bad for a bunch of German cars. 

JUNE
At the Trackhouse Motorplex kart track, Brian returned to the top of the NMS leaderboard with convincingly faster lap times than Bob over 3 races. With the return of summer and 90 degree heat, well, it was hot! At the end of the month NMS-North will be back at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a SCCA Track Night in America event. 




2023
In 2023, NMS continued with basically the same cars and doing a lot of the same things! What changed? Well, a highlight for NMS-North was WINNING Fastest PAX at one autocross event (Metro NY Region, Porsche Club of America), which is a first ever for NMS. At another event, the #77 Porsche took FASTEST RAW TIME PORSCHE and 2nd overall with the Central Carolina Porsche Club. 

FEBRUARY
NMS preps for the upcoming season with various automotive maintenance events and publishes the 1,000th Blog Post! Readers are amazed that the thing is still going!

MARCH
NMS-North kicks off autocross with a really dumb move, and competes on all season tires because it was cold. The strategy team thought it would be too cold for the good summer tires, and the driver couldn't overcome such a knuckleheaded strategy call! Oh well, you learn something every day!

APRIL
Back on track with the FASTER tires, #77 comes home in 4th PAX out of 35 drivers and also wins in a class of 4 cars. That's more like it! In other fun news, a quick trip to the Philadelphia area resulted in another visit to the Simeone Automotive Museum, definitely a MUST SEE!

MAY
Julie and Robert visited Miami and the F1 race weekend! With great seats right on the start/finish, we enjoyed watching, but must report that not ONE team asked us to drive in the race! Other car activities included another day of driving at the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience, which is always fun to sample somebody else's brand new cars and have them tell you to go faster!

JUNE
On my last day of living in New York before moving back to South Carolina, NMS-North took the overall PAX win with the Metro NY Region of the Porsche Club of America autocross! Whew, after 10 years of competing, it felt unbelievable to actually win an event!

JULY
At the big parking lot at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NMS took another class victory (B Street) over exactly one other car and placed around mid-pack in a huge field of 175 autocrossers with the Central Carolinas Region of the Sports Car Club of America. Make no mistake, this SCCA region has some serious drivers, and the competition is TOUGH!

AUGUST
One advantage of being newly retired: MORE AUTOCROSS! Both NMS drivers took turns in the Cayman at Rockingham in NC, with Brian clearly the fastest NMS driver! The temperature was in the 90s, and the Cayman had some new vinyl numbers that Brian made! At another event, Robert competed with the Carolina Region PCA at the famous Michelin Proving Grounds in SC (14 acres of asphalt for your autocrossing pleasure!) and took FASTEST PORSCHE (Raw Time!!) on the day, and 2nd Fastest Car Overall! Since it was a Porsche club event, I'll just count that as another big victory!

SEPTEMBER
In a busy month (for a retired guy) of car events, we went to Darlington for the NASCAR race, drove at Track Night in America at CMP, went to multiple car shows for fun, and stopped by the grand opening of the Polestar dealer in Charlotte. 

OCTOBER
This month brought another first for Brian and NMS, driving at Road America up in Wisconsin in another 24 Hours of Lemons Race. Along with the usual Bunch of Idiots (Kyle Ray-Smith and Luke O'Hara) racing team, this adventure saw some great driving at a famous track for the little Miata. The team drove hard for both days, recovered from some small issues and on track contact, and on a very fast course in a car with a little engine, and still managed 18th place overall from a field of 140 cars! Awesome!
Robert took on one more autocross with the Porsche club, up in Greensboro NC, and placed 5th out of 27 drivers, only beaten by 4 cars with more horsepower! First in a class of 2, and ahead of a handful of non-Porsche cars, that made for a pretty fun day!

 
Wienermobile at Charlotte Auto Show, 2023

2022 

FEBRUARY

2022 kicked off with a big ol' trophy for the Bunch of Idiots, with drivers Brian Nixon, Kyle Ray-Smith, and Luke O'Hara taking 2nd place in B Class at the Lucky Dog race at Carolina Motorsports Park in February. In the two days of racing, and two races format, the team was just off the podium on Saturday, finishing 4th in class in the dry, but came back even stronger on Sunday in a 7 hours-of-rain race. With a strong start from Luke, the team was running in first overall for part of the day, and the #287 Miata sailed through both days of racing with no problems. The team plans to complete all 3 races in the Southern Endurance Cup presented by Hawk Performance (brake pads,) powered by Lucky Dog Racing League this year, so we'll see them running again at Atlanta Motorsports Park, and then a return race at CMP too. Check out more info at: LUCKY DOG SCHEDULE

MARCH

NMS-North started their year with autocross on March 6th with the Metro Region of NY Porsche Club of America, so after just one event, the #77 is sitting in 6th place for Porsche cars PAX, so a good start for the season long goal of top ten. 

APRIL

Another autocross up north, and according to our unofficial numbers, sitting in 10th PAX for Porsche cars, so right on target, and looking forward to warmer weather and faster times! While the driver needs to improve, the crew chief is strongly advising some new tires to replace the current year and a half old Hankooks. More to follow after discussions with the finance department! The Bunch of Idiots were at it again on 23-24 April and took an overall 12th place in the Lemons Block Party race at CMP. Also, in 8th in Class A, the team had a great recovery from a broken belt during Saturday afternoon, spending a minimal amount of time in the paddock to repair the car and get back out on track. No other incidents than that, other than some black flags for Robert due to spinning off course and missing a yellow flag on course, pretty much typical rookie mistakes for the guy with the least experience. A good time was had by all, and with no other drama, the car is performing well, easily running the entire race on used tires, and only swapping in new front brake pads Saturday night. 

MAY

The weekend of May 21-22 was busy, with NMS-South driving with the Bunch of Idiots at the 2nd Lucky Dog race of the year, this one in Atlanta, and NMS-North doing that autocross thing again on Long Island. In the north, on the hottest day of the year, #77 finished 8th overall in PAX, 6th PAX for Porsches, and 1st out of 2 cars in S05 class. Early reports from Atlanta are that the BOI team brought it home in 5th in their B Class, as well as 9th overall. More to follow in the Lucky Dog Racing League, when the season ends with a 3rd two-day race in September back at Carolina Motorsports Park. 

JUNE

Not to brag, but NMS-North took their highest EVER autocross placing, 2nd Overall PAX with the NY Metro Porsche Region at Nassau Coliseum. On a warm day, the final drive of the day turned the trick, lowering the previous best time by a big fat 1.5 seconds. Still well off the winner, but 2nd overall was a great feeling! Looking forward to more in July!

Later in June we visited NMS-South in South Carolina, and did a little driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, as well as the Tail of the Dragon. Great driving roads!

JULY

Up north, another month means another autocross! Out of about 52 cars, we came home in 8th place on PAX, so NMS is still right on target for the top 10 for the year, now up to 7th overall for Porsche cars. A busy work schedule means no big events again until August!

Down NMS-South way, a Chevy Aveo fixer-upper showed up in the garage! Apparently, a garage had diagnosed terminal engine damage, but Brian's early prognosis is just a hole in the pressurized coolant tank, and some other very minor things. Car seems to be running fine!

AUGUST

If you thought it was exciting buying a used Aveo, it must be 100 times more exciting to add a used Nissan 350Z to the NMS-South stables. Yes, that's 2 Z cars so far! This one is scheduled to be turned into a track car with roll cage, so stay tuned for more on this one!

The regular monthly Autocross at NMS-North ended with 7th Porsche PAX, 1st in a small class of 2 drivers, and a reasonable mid-pack raw time, 16th out of 32.

Later, NMS-North took on the Porsche Club of America Zone 1 (New England) up at Ayer Massachusetts, and won his class (ok, only one other driver in the class) and managed a reasonable 33rd out of 60 Porsches on RAW time. Lots of fun for two days, with the big course on a former airfield running counter-clockwise Saturday and clockwise on Sunday. 

SEPTEMBER

Brian, Luke, Kyle, the LUCKY DOG RACING LEAGUE 2022 CHAMPS!

Straight to the point: September 2022 goes down as the greatest month in NMS-Racing history! Why? Glad you asked! On the 24th and 25th, Brian and Kyle Ray-Smith and Luke O'Hara piloted the mighty Miata to a championship FIRST PLACE OVERALL WINNERS in the Southern Endurance three race Lucky Dog Racing League series! They won both the Saturday and Sunday races for Class C, which gave them just enough season-long points for the big overall title! In a 1.6 liter four-cylinder Miata! Oh, and with having to replace the clutch Saturday night at 2AM! 

On top of that, NMS-North took another top 10 placing in PAX on the 25th to move up to an unofficial 5th place for the season, so look for him in the October 15th Top Ten Shootout for the Metro NY Region Porsche Club of America autocross. 

OCTOBER

The Porsche Club Top Ten Shootout was a blast, and we all took turns driving the same car, this year a Nissan Altima. Nothing to write home about here, as NMS-North took 9th out of ten. Oh well, no trip to the hospital this year like a year ago, so let's call it a victory!

At October's regular autocross, we had a dry morning followed by a wet afternoon, so with a few reasonable runs in the dry, took 4th place PAX for the day, with no faster times in the wet. Now holding 4th PAX for the year, a good improvement over last year with one event to go!

NOVEMBER 

Believe it or not it was 70 degrees in November in NY, and with dry conditions and a quick course, we enjoyed the final 9 autocross runs of the year. At the end of the day, again my best time was in the morning, and in 8th place Porsche PAX for the day, so we'll say unofficially 4th for the year out of 75 drivers that competed at least once. For the tiny S05 class, an undefeated season too!

 

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