Mike Hinton

  by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region President
  (May 2015)

Whew!  April 15 is finally in the rearview mirror, so my life can get back to something resembling "normal."  What better way to kick off the post-tax season madness than the Redwood Region's second autocross of the year, which was held on April 18?  My brain was still a bit foggy, which was reflected in my driving, but it was great to be out of the office and back among the Redwood Region clan. 

  As Brenda and I arrived at the course, I was reminded that it "takes a village" to put on an autocross event.  From our friendly gatekeeper Kurt Fischer, the course-designing cone-slinging, trailer schlepping Bob Schoenherr, autocross director Grady Carter, our hardworking technical inspectors, and the numerous other volunteers who man the registration table, much effort is required from many people to run a successful event.  Since I don't always have the opportunity to personally thank each of you for your hard work, I wanted to do it here.  Without your dedication, we could not host the high-quality events that are attractive not only to our Region's members, but to other region's members as well.  So again, THANK YOU! 

  I'm also greatly encouraged by the number of new participants we have at all of the events.  That tells me that our de-facto event chair, Craig Steele, and our webmaster Barbara McCrory are doing a fine job of designing and publicizing events that are attractive to our members.  Speaking of new participants, you can help all of us make you feel more at ease if you let us know you're a "rookie."  I know that when I first started participating in events, that the Board members went the extra step to make me feel welcome when I was new at the game.  So help us do the same for you! 

  Finally, on a personal note, I just participated in the Targa California, which is  a driving event that loosely resembles a road rally.  All in all, I drove Barney, my 1972 911T nearly 1,500 miles over 4 days, accompanied by over 100 other cars.  It was an unforgettable event, and I plan to try to do it every year.  Check next month's der Reisenbaum for a more detailed story. 

Until next month...

I hope to see all of you at an event soon.


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