We are now in the icy grip of a UK winter.
It's dark and gloomy outside and even if by some miracle it's dry then you can bet it's bloomin' cold.
What's a southern RC buggy racer to do?
Get yourself along to Maritime on a Tuesday evening that's what!
For the past couple of months the new permanent indoor facility in the historic dockyard at Chatham has been open and attracting drivers from across the South East.
Maritime is a well known touring car club, run by Ian Knight and an enthusiastic crew, that have hosted the Off Road World Cup for the past couple of years attracting top drivers not just from the UK but from Europe as well.
Ian has bought his experience to bear and, with the help of his merry band, has worked hard over the last year or so to produce this great venue.
The track changes from time to time, usually before a Sunday winter series round, but features similar obstacles and is always a test.
There is a double wall of death, a difficult (for me) to judge corner table top, a cross over, some rumbles and a couple of smaller jumps. Add to the mix a number of surface changes including astro, carpet and bare floor and you start to get a taste of what's on offer.
It's a bit of a trek for me but I have now made the journey a couple of times with some good racing buddies. The reward for doing battle with teatime traffic on the M25 has been two evenings of great racing.
Ian runs a tight ship and even with 60 odd racers manages to put on an evenings racing that includes time for a couple of practice runs followed by 3 heats of qualies and a final for all. Everyone heads for home smiling (maybe!) at round 11pm.
No lugging heavy pit tables around here.
There are even comfy chairs for all!
You can also leave those extension leads at home as every driver gets their own power outlet.