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Mike Brown: City streets to off road

Mike lived in the L.A. area for the first 10 years of his life. In 1979 his parents moved to what is refer to as “Deep Hinkley”, an area about 8 miles north of the Hinkley School. He went to Hinkley School from grade 6 to grade 8. He attended Kennedy for 9th grade and Barstow High for 10th trough 12th. He worked construction during high school and during the summers until 1986, when he was hired by the City of Barstow as a laborer. During his 26 years with the City he has been a Laborer, a Maintenance Worker I, II, and III, a Motor Sweeper Operator, A Heavy Equipment Operator, and currently hold the position of Field Services Supervisor.

Q: Describe a special memory you have in Barstow.
A: Barstow is where I married my wife and where my two children were born.

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I am into Motorsports of all kinds. I have raced off road since 1985.  In the late 80s and most of the 90s I raced with my friend, Jim Clements of Barstow. We won 3 class 9 Championships together. From 2001 to 2005, I raced Mini-stock-cars at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernadino, Winning 3 Championships, and finishing 2nd in points twice. From 2006 to present I have spent a lot of my weekends as a crew member for a NASCAR West Series team, including being Crew Chief for the last 2 seasons. We also competed in 8 NASCAR Nationwide Series races, where my duties included being a general mechanic and a rear tire changer. I also got back into off road racing in 2011. I race in class 9 of the M.O.R.E. series with my son and we finished 2nd in points in 2011 and just won the 2012 class 9 Championship in that series. Our team is called Monkey Business Motorsports and is made up of family and close friends.

Q: Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
A:  I’m not one to spend a lot of time alone; I like to have friends or family around.

Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A: I would take away all the violence.

Q: If you could change one thing about Barstow, what would it be?
A: I would bring some kind of manufacturing industry here that we could be known for. Change our identity from a service community to a manufacturing/service community.

Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
A:  My Grandpa Francis. He died when I was less than a year old. I would like to have known him.

Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: My parents. They raised me right and made me the person I am today.

Q: What talent do you most wish you had?
A: I wish I had some artistic ability like painting or drawing.

Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Q: What words of advice do you have for the next generation?
A: Let us learn to speak less and listen more by opening one’s eyes and ears. There is a lot to learn from older people if you look and learn instead of spending your time telling them what you know.

Q: Tell us about the charities or causes that are close to your heart and why.
A: My wife races my race car in the Powder Puff race every year. Proceeds from that race go to help fund breast cancer research.

Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?
A: My children.  

Q: What’s your favorite movie and why?
A: Napoleon Dynamite. It’s so stupid that it cracks me up.

Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about living in Barstow?
A: I like off road racing; camping and riding dirt bikes and I can do all of that right here.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: The people. I get to work with a very diverse group.

Q: What book had a significant impact on you?
A: ”Where the Red Fern Grows” My 6th grade teacher Mrs. White red it to us in class. She had a way of reading that made you feel like you were right there watching it happen.
Q: Of all the places you’ve been, what’s your favorite and why?
A: Kalaspell, Montana. In the spring it is very beautiful.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A:  I would like to take a cruise to Alaska.  

Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A:  I want to see my 100th birthday  

Q: What’s your favorite place to eat in Barstow?
A: Del Taco

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Retired and traveling

Q: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Sometimes when I am channel surfing, I stop and watch Sponge Bob Square Pants.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
A: I have lived in the Barstow area for 34 years and will always consider Barstow my home town.

Who would you like to see
profiled in an upcoming Q&A?
Drop us a line at DHolland
@DesertDispatch.com.


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