Formed officially in 1986 by
the brother and sister team of Patty and Don Nimi, (the “P” and the “D”
in PDM), they began their motor sport venture with local autoslalom competition
on a regional level in Vancouver, B.C. Don had been competing with success
since 1984, with several wins and overall championships in Regional events,
and encouraged his sister to join in on the weekend fun of local solo competition.
Later that same year, the brother sister duo also teamed with Mikel Ruegamer,
who became the “M” in PDM, and future husband of Patty. The trio experienced
great success in Regional and National Solo II competition…with a National
Win for Don in his 1964 Austin Healey Sprite. Again, in 1987, Don placed
3rd in Canada in his class…with Mikel taking Rookie of the Year honors. The
trio continued their Auto-X racing on a Regional and National level, with
with more National wins in 1989 for Mikel, combined with Patty taking
a 2nd overall in the woman’s class, a 1st in 1990 for Mikel and a 4th overall
in the open class for Patty, and in 1991 with Don placing 1st in his Nissan
240SX, and Mikel placing 2nd in his C/SP Honda CRX.
In the meantime, as Mikel and
Patty scaled down their motorsports activities to pursue family and business,
Don stepped up his racing career, by building and competing in CASC and ICSC
GT3 road racing series, in his GT3 Datsun 200SX.
Racing in the Pacific Northwest
Conference series….Don worked hard to build himself a tub GT3 200SX racecar,
complete with a one-off fiberglass body kit that took him months to hand
fabricate. Hard work, and racing as much as possible, led to a 3rd overall
in the GT3 class in 1991. Also in 1991, Don came back from a 2 year hiatus
from solo competition,
and campaigned his newly purchased 1991 Nissan 240SX, which culminated
in an overall C Stock Class win at the 1991 Canadian National Autoslalom,
his 2nd National title. For his efforts, he also put a Nissan into a class
win nationally for the first time.
In the winter of 1991/1992, the
purchase of a special hand built tube frame GT3 Nissan 510 built by Specialty
Engineering, was the major focus for PDM Racing. The SCCA Nasport GT Sedan
race series was the pursuit for the next 4 years. During this time, Don
traveled up and down the West Coast, racing and competing in Nasport competition,
first in GT3 for 1992,and 1993, then stepping down to GT4 for the next 2 years.
Nasport GT racing has been the fore-front for leading edge technology and
competition level for GT4 and GT3 cars for over 15 years in North America.
Nasport Web Site
Cars are full tube frame chassis, naturally aspirated American and
Import sedans, with fiberglass, and carbon body work, that vaguely resemble
their street versions. Power and handling of these lightweight, purpose-built
race cars is phenomenal, and racing is intense with manufacturers such
as Nissan, Honda, Toyota and Mazda being represented from various teams
across North America.
Full 510 Feature
From the summer of 1995, until
mid early 1997, Don decided to take a complete hiatus from the auto racing
scene, literally burning out from cars, but continued his racing spirit
by venturing into serious R/C car racing. During this time, he befriended
several fellow R/C racers who also drove very nice street cars, and they
persuaded him to come back to real cars, and help them to work on, and race
Enthused by the increasingly popular high performance import racing
scene, PDM Racing was re-kindled with a group of enthusiastic skilled
street racers, who learned to Solo, Hillclimb, and eventually track race
their street cars.
With the advent of Internet based
car clubs and car lists, PDM Racing is able to be introduced to the world
wide web with the services, products, and stories we can offer to the world
of car enthusiasts.
1999 marks the official launch of PDM Racing Automotive,
which will continue to design, build and install high
performance accessories for many import and domestic
The cars of PDM Racing can be
seen driving the streets of Vancouver, carving lines through the cones of
an Auto-X…or on the tracks of the Pacific Northwest, on organized lapping
days. Catch up with one of us, and we love to chat about our cars, or what