Mike Hinton

  by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region President
  (December 2015)

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 events!
  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 went.
  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 register. 
  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.


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