Mike Hinton

  by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region President
  (September 2015)


The ever-decreasing amount of sunlight every day, and crisp morning temperatures are reminders that summer is almost over.  With luck, there won't be too many more 100 degree plus days.  Those are tough in non-air-conditioned cars! 

  Even though summer may be winding down, your Region still has a full slate of events coming up in September, including an autocross and a concours.  Come and check them out!  

  Speaking of autocross, in August, I brought our 2014 Carrera to the event, instead of my trusty 1972 911T (Barney).  I was curious about how I would be able to adapt (or not) to the vast improvements in acceleration, cornering and braking that the 991 would offer.  I hadn't felt the butterflies in my stomach before my first run since my first season of autocross, some 5+ years ago.  If I had to sum up the first run in one word, it would be "terrifying!"  The speeds were much greater, and the braking points were much later than I was accustomed to.  That said, after a couple of runs, I felt much more comfortable, and really began to enjoy myself.  The lasting takeaway from the day was that the 991 is WIDE!   I kept clipping cones, because I was unable to judge where the back wheels really were.  The black cone marks on the left rear were mute testimony to that fact!  Still, the day was enough fun that the 991 will probably make another appearance at the September event.  Come on out and watch me murder some cones!

  There is one more non-Redwood Region event in September that merits your attention:  Rennsport Reunion V, from September 27-29 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  In a nutshell, the event is probably the finest gathering of Porsche race cars anywhere in the world.  The best part of the event is that it's no static display - the historic racers will be driven in anger on the track.  For me, there's nothing like the sound of the flat-8 908s and flat-12 917s chasing each other around Laguna Seca's challenging layout.  In addition, there will probably be in excess of 1,000 cars parked in the Porsche corral, which I believe will be near Turn 5.  If you have any interest at all in historic Porsche racers, you owe it to yourself to come out for a look.

  In addition to the festivities at the track, Craig Steele and I are organizing a dinner get-together on Saturday evening at Petra's in Pacific Grove.  If you're interested in attending, please let Craig or me know, and how many people will be in your party.  Both of our e-mail addresses are on the Redwood Region website.

I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events.


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