Year of the Horse

With the close of January, we’re in the swing of resolutions…or we’re ready to swing them out of the window.  In the Chinese culture, January 31 marked the beginning of their New Year.  On a 12-year rotation, each year is associated with specific symbolism, much like the zodiac system where 30-day periods have distinctions through 12 months in the west. 

Personally, I’m not one to follow these systems but just about everyone is familiar with their zodiac sign and – from the Chinese system’s perspective – the Year of the Dragon.  For the Hunt Valley Horsepower community, January 31 appropriately introduced the Year of the Horse. 

According to the experts, the year ahead will bring our community health, prosperity and good luck.  We’re advised to mingle with the locals, savour authentic cuisine (allow me to add coffee) and discover new locales (allow me to add the U.S. Grand Prix).  Sign me up.

How about the prospects for what’s going to hit the road?  On the way are the SRT Barracuda, a remodeled Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Maserati Ghibli, Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918, a remodeled Mini Cooper, BMW M4, Lincoln MKC, Jaguar F Type Coupe, McLaren P1, Lamborghini Huracán, the return of the Acura NSX and so much more.  It’s a new model year with great potential that’s backed by great anticipation.  In fact, if you have some time from Thursday to Sunday this week, you’ll have the opportunity to see – and in some cases – drive new models at the Motor Trend International Auto Show in Baltimore.  I may just see you there.  Look for the camera strap around my neck and hopefully a smile behind the wheel…and a full page of photos in next week’s newsletter.

Richard Williams