by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region President
I always have mixed feelings about December. On the one
hand, it's a great time to attend fun parties and meet
up with old and new friends. And it's always enjoyable
to check out everyone's Christmas decorations. On the
other hand, daylight hours are short, the weather tends
towards cold and damp, and there are no autocross
I'm anxiously awaiting next March, when the 2016
autocross season kicks off. It will be interesting to
see what kind of devilish courses our two new course
designers, Drew Powers and Chip Witt, can conjure up.
If we're really fortunate, the long-term resident hay
bales will have found a new home too.
One good thing about the break in autocross season is
the ability to do required maintenance, and install the
latest tweaks on the cars. I'm working on repairing the
turn signal/dimmer switch on Barney. Currently, I can
get the high beams to work, but not the low beams.
Fortunately, the driving lights I installed last winter
are an adequate substitute for the low beams. Of
course, accessing the turn signal switch requires
steering wheel removal, which for me, meant new tool
purchases (I didn't have the required 27mm socket).
Guess what? That 27mm nut is on TIGHT! After many
attempts, and generous amounts of colorful language, I
finally wedged a 2X4 through the steering wheel to
immobilize it. Success followed shortly. Now I just
need to see if I can repair the switch, or pay a couple
hundred dollars for a new one. I'll let you know how it
On another note, the Redwood Region Holiday Party is
rapidly approaching. The Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa
will be hosting the event, and the appetizer and dinner
choices sound delicious. Time is running out to
register, so visit the Redwood Region website or see the
flyer below, and click on the link to the party to
On behalf the Board, I hope that you all have an
enjoyable Holiday season, and that the next few weeks
will be full of good food, good friends, and much
happiness for you and your loved ones.