About the Cars

The NMS Miata in Lincoln NE for the SCCA National Championships!
September 4-9, 2016


-1999 Mazda Miata: K&N air intake, Racing Beat header, custom lightweight exhaust, Racing Beat 1.125" front sway bar, upgraded 12mm rear sway bar, 949 adjustable endlinks, Koni Sport adjustable shocks, Fat Cat Motorsports bump stops, Ground Control coil-over conversion kit with 550/350lb springs, Toyo R1R tires, Kirkey aluminum racing seats, Schroth six point harnesses


-After starting to autocross with a groovy 2004 turbo Mazdaspeed Miata, Brian sold it to buy this fixer-upper, since the 99 Miata was better suited to development and gearing for autocross. Found in NC as a bargain buy salvage title car on Craigslist, the car has been modified as above, with more to come in the future. With co-driver Jason Rucker in 2016, this car started to win regional events and place at national events as well. Both drivers drove the Miata in that year's SCCA Solo Nationals. Since then Brian is going all out track car with the Miata, and is currently competing in Time Trials with NASA and the SCCA. 



-Arriving at NMS in 2020, the Cayman is a two previous owner car, now with 56,000 miles, a 2.9 liter flat six-cylinder mid-mounted engine, and the Porsche PDK 7 speed automatic transmission. As the first mid-engine NMS car, we're loving the handling and driving thrills out of this 265HP German engineered, (yet assembled in Finland) sports car. In 2023 this car brought home the first ever NMS Fastest PAX of the Day, at an autocross with the NY Metro Region Porsche Club of America (PCA) event. At another 2023 event, it took Fastest RAW Porsche of the Day with the Carolina Region PCA at Michelin Proving Grounds. 

Currently we slapped some brand new shiny 18-inch O.Z. wheels and Yokohama tires on this car, currently on ATE brake pads for daily, and Ferodo DS2500 compounds on the track. With these new wheels we also replaced the old lug nuts since they were rusty, and changed to wheel studs to make wheel changes easier. Now with three years of autocross events, and multiple track weekends, we are loving this car! The Cayman came with options for 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels, and right now we have a set of wheels in each size! We've installed new spark plugs, oil changes, air filters, brake fluid, done an oil analysis, as well as some other maintenance items, but overall, it's running strong in stock condition. "Ruby" has taken fastest Porsche PAX at one event with the NY Region PCA, and one fastest RAW time for Porsches with the Carolinas Region at an event at Michelin in SC.

Brian instructs Alicia at Michelin Proving Grounds with SCR-SCCA.

K&N cone filters, camber plates, lowering springs.

BMW 335is HISTORY: When teammate John got the opportunity to rebuild a somewhat rare family-owned Firebird Firehawk, he jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, that meant his BMW had to find a new home. Brian took the opportunity and purchased the car in late 2018. It saw several friends behind the wheel in 2019 through multiple autocross events. The inline six-cylinder engine is force fed air with two turbo chargers, making over 300hp and 300ft-lb of torque.

BEFORE: Cool Runnings!



-1972 Dodge Coronet: Stage 3 rust (for weight savings), wheels, one seat, a couple wires, fuel tank, manual transmission from a 90s Chevy pickup, oh, and a steering wheel, new rear trunk lid and rear window, Mustang brakes, purple paint, etc.


-The full history on this car would fill a book, so the short version is that a previous Lemons racing team was done working to keep it running, so it was donated to the new Team Coronautski, and prepped for more Lemons racing. After not competing for five years, the car had a great first outing in September 2017 at Carolina Motorsports Park, and earned the Lemons officials coveted "Hella Sweet!" recognition! Some on track testing in December 17 was followed by a 2nd Lemons endurance race at Barber Motorsports Park in February 18. With an epic head gasket change and other repairs after racing on day 1, the Coronet was back on track and completed all of day 2 racing thanks to huge Team Coronautski effort late into the night!

-For their second Lemons Race, Team Coronautski was at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama early in 2018, and after more work on the car and improving their pit stop times, moved up to a 4th place in Class C. The team returned to Lemons racing at the Fall CMP event in South Carolina in September where they took their first class C win! 

-The Coronet returned to Lemons action at the spring 2024 CMP race, and was mentioned in the official Lemons video too, along with footage of Brian driving during all the award introductions at the end of the video. 

1936 Bugatti

Next up is the 1936 Bugatti that Brian used to own when he was 10 and learned to drive on our private NMS track on the NMS yacht in the Monte Carlo harbor. Currently on loan to the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA PETERSEN.ORG where this photo was taken. 

1936 Bugatti

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