March 23, 2023

The CAM Journal – Winter

SnowI used to like winter, when I was a little kid and therefore stupid. I used to go sledding, have snowball fights and all that. It was great. Then I started snowboarding and everything got better. Then I got a driver’s license…and a job. That’s when things changed.

First I realized that driving in the snow can be fun some of the time. Doing doughnuts in a snow covered parking lot is always a great time. Second I realized that everyone else in Utah CANNOT DRIVE IN THE SNOW. It turns into a DEFCON 1 situation when it snows. Nobody remembers how to do it, and inevitably there are hundreds of accidents in the first six seconds of the snowstorm. It’s horrible. It’s even worse this year because I haven’t been able to go snowboarding, nor do I know when I’ll go up. However, all hope is not lost. Why?

Because I can try to do that. I may not have an Audi Quattro or Lancia 037; however, I do have a Subaru that finally has seasonal appropriate tires, a wealth of time on my hands, and access to weather forecasts. These tools allow me to pretend that the parking lot of the local high school is actually a rally stage in a deep, snow covered wood and I’m piloting a Subaru that makes better use of its hood scoop than my naturally aspirated Legacy currently does. Imagination is a beautiful thing, isn’t it?

I feel every car enthusiast who gets to experience real winter (rainy days in LA don’t count, I’m talking snow accumulating on driving surfaces) should do. Am I telling you to go out and do this? HELL NO. That would be wrong and makes us potentially liable if you get hurt, hurt someone else, destroy your car, destroy someone else’s car, destroy property, or do something else you could get sued over. AGAIN, I’m not telling you to do this. I’m just saying it’s fun and it makes the winter months go by a little quicker.

-Michael Chandler

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