Pumpkin Run 2016 Rally Results

Last weekend Harald von Langsdorff and I took part in the 2016 Pumpkin Run rally hosted by the Northeast Rally Club in Millsboro, Delaware.  We were fortunate that the rains had stopped a few days before, as flooded roads due to excessive rainfall have been problematic in this area of Delaware.  Still the rallymaster had to issue an emergency speed in one area to account for one road we crossed that had a completely flooded section.


As I noted in an earlier post, we had planned on using Harald’s recently acquired 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC, but some engine issues prevented us from using that car.  As a result, we used Harald’s 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG.  This is a very good performing car when it comes to starting and stopping with its 2.0 litre 375 horsepower engine and big disc brakes.


Harald’s Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

We enjoyed catching up with some friends who we have met at previous rallies.  It was particularly good to see Brian Blood/Steve Keller who campaign a 1969 Saab 96.  This Saab was originally rallied by the Pacific Northwest USA rally legend, Satch Carlson.  Brian and Steve are a very competent rally crew, which they demonstrated last year by winning this rally outright.  Brian and Steve have been very helpful to Harald and I.


The Brian Blood/Steve Keller Saab 96

This rally attracted some of the top-tier Great Race rally competitors.  The Beth Gentry /Jody Knowles 1932 Ford shown below is an example of this.


The Beth Gentry/Jody Knowles 1932 Ford

One of the nicest cars in the rally was a 1955 Chevrolet sedan crewed by Tribble/Rookey. We also spent some enjoyable time with this Great Race crew and they tolerated an aggressive maneuver by us on the road.


Larry Tribble’s Lovely And Well Prepared 1955 Chevrolet

The Delaware Valley Jaguar Club was well represented at the rally s there were a substantial number of Jaguars in the rally field.  Perhaps my favorite Jaguar in the rally was the 1999 Jaguar XK8 entered by Craig/Craig shown below. In addition to taking part in the Pumpkin Run rally, Brian Craig took a large number of great photographs during the rally which can be seen at the following link:


Brian had to hand his camera to another person to get his picture taken when they finished 3rd in the SOP, “seat of pants” class, only 1 second away from 2nd place.


The Craig/Craig 1999 Jaguar XK8

The newly married couple of Scott and Sarah Hudson finished 3rd Overall in the lovely 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air shown below despite some motor mount issues.


Hudson/Hudson 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air

These were only a few of the wide variety of cars that took part in the rally.  Everything from a 1916 Hudson to a 1983 Rolls Royce.


The Rally Attracted a Wide Variety Of Cars

The Overall winners of the rally were Dana and Doug Sharp in their 1916 Hudson Hillclimber shown below.  This car, no matter what combination of Sharp family members make up the crew, is always near the top of the field, including a Great Race win.


Overall Winners Were Dana and Doug Sharp In This 1916 Hudson Hillclimber

The overall 2016 Pumpkin Run rally results are shown below.  Harald and I finished 5th Overall in the 36 cars that started the rally.  We were satisfied with this result as it shows that we can be competitive, but we know that we have to shave away a few more seconds.  There were 14 scored legs and our total error was 49 seconds or about 3.5 seconds per leg.


2016 Pumpkin Run Rally Results

Harald and I did manage to zero one leg, so we were awarded an Ace.  This Ace sticker is shown below.



Harald and I enjoyed this rally and meeting the other rally competitors, organizers, and the rallymaster.  We look forward to competing in another Northeast Rally Club rally next spring.  For more information check out their website:


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I Will Be Competing In The 2016 Pumpkin Run Rally This Weekend

Next weekend I will be taking part in the 2016 Pumpkin Run rally in Millsboro, Delaware as the navigator for Harald von Langsdorff.  This is a time-speed rally that is organized by the Northeast Rally Club.


This year the Pumpkin Run rally will be held from October 14 – 16, 2016.  The Northeast Rally Club events are open to vehicles of all ages although the older cars have a definite scoring advantage.  The result is that there will be a wide variety of cars taking part in the Pumpkin Run.  This is illustrated in the photo below that I took during the 2014 Pumpkin Run.  The car on the left is a 1916 Hudson, a mid-1960s Mustang, and my 2003 Mercedes-Benz.


Competitor Cars At The 2014 Pumpkin Run

Harald and I had planned on using Harald’s recently acquired 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC, but some unresolved engine issues have made the use of that car impossible at this time.  As a result, we will be competing in Harald’s 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG.  We had planned on this event helping us get experience with the 350SLC as a rally car in preparation for next year’s Great Race.  Despite this setback, I look forward to taking part in this rally.

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Road Books For The Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Offered Again

For those who are competing in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique it is very useful to have thorough notes and accurate distances for the route to be followed.  The organizers of the rally provide the basic information about the route and competitors are on their own from there.  Some competitors will make their own notes to help follow the course, but others might not have the time or skills to prepare their own notes.  For these people buying notes prepared by others might be the best solution.

I will again be competing in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique and our team will be using prepared notes by a Danish rally team, the A-Team Et Dansk Historisk Rally Team.  I used road books prepared by these folks in the 2016 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique and found them to be very good and accurate.


Road Books For The Rallye Monte Carlo Historique By The A-Team

A sample page from their road books when on a regularity stage is presented below.


Road Book Sample Page

Since 2008 Torben Arp assisted by Jens Gandrup Jørgensen have made road books for the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique so they have lots of experience in doing this.  Supporting Torben and Jens is Arne Pagh who prepares the GPS-routes and is in charge of printing.  Torben Arp lives in the south of France, and Arne Pagh lives in central Denmark. Both are experienced co-drivers as well as experienced clerks of the course on other rallies.  Jens Gandrup Jorgenson, along with his son, Christan, are also regular competitors in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.


Jens Gandrup Jorgenson And His Son, Christan

Once the route is announced by the rally organizers, the rally route will be driven through with notes and measurements being made. When the road books are finished in January, the first volume will be sent by mail to all the customers, while the other volumes will be handed over in Digne, France. This procedure is followed to avoid unauthorized copying of the material. The road books are prepared in the English language.

As noted, once again Dan Allven and I will be using the A-Team road books in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  In addition, I have found Jens to be very helpful in answering any questions that I had about participating in this rally.  He is very knowledgeable about all aspects of rallying.

For more information about getting these road books and related services for the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique click on the following link:


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Information About Ontario Hill Climb History

Recently I posted a story about the recent Brack Hill Climb held at Inglis Falls near Owen Sound, Ontario.  This post noted that automotive hill climbs had been absent from Ontario motorsports for about 50 years.  This past week I got an email message from J. Scott Morris of Simcoe, Ontario who provided me with some history of hill climbs in Ontario.  One of the last hill climbs in Ontario was an annual hill climb that was held near Hockley, Ontario.  It appears that this event was last run in 1962.  This information is of particular interest to me as Hockley is only a few miles from my home town of Shelburne, Ontario.

Scott sent me the image below of an article that was published in the Orangeville newspaper about a hill climb tribute “revival” that was held in 2012.  Evidently this gathering is held on an annual basis.  The “revival” is not a competitive event, but a tribute to the hill climbs that were held there.


Story About The 2012 Hockley Hill Climb Revival

An outline of Ontario Hill Climb history can be found at the following link.  There is an interesting picture of Bill Sadler in the days before he built his Sadler race cars:


Scott pointed out that on the first Thursday of every July, a group of British car enthusiasts re-enact the Hockley Hill Climb.  This is not a competitive event as all rules of the road are obeyed and the hill is climbed one car at a time.  The details of this can be seen at the website for the Headwaters British Car Club.  Click on the following link:


I want to thank Scott Morris for sending me this information about the history of hill climbs in Ontario.

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A Hillclimb Event Starts Up In Ontario

This week I got an email message from Harald von Langsdorff from Caledon, Ontario, Canada.  As many might know, Harald and I have done a lot of rallying together over the years.  This past weekend Harald participated in the inaugural Bracks Classic Hill Climb at Inglis Falls, near Owen Sound, Ontario.  As far as Harald knows, there has not been a hill climb in Ontario for at least 50 years.


Hill Climbs Have Been Long Missing From Ontario Motorsports

This lack of a local hill climb competition was one of the main reasons for the organizer, Bob DeShane, to make the effort to rejuvenate the idea of a hill climbs in Ontario. For whatever political, socio-economic or ecological reasons, this racing activity has been absent on the Ontario motor sport calendar for too long.


Harald von Langsdorff’s 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG Won The First Hill Climb Held In Ontario In Decades

Not only did Harald take part in the hill climb, he had the fastest times in all four runs up the hill against some very impressive cars.  Harald was driving his 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG.  This pocket rocket has a 375-hp turbo 2.0-liter four cylinder engine with 332 lb-ft of torque, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.   This car is fast!  This is the same car that Harald drove, with me as navigator, in the 2016 Rally Round The Erie Canal.

There was a wide variety of cars and motorcycles that entered this hill climb event in six categories.

  1. Vintage Cars (Pre 1963) V
  2. Historic Cars (1963 – 1972) H
  3. Historic Motorcycles (1963 – 1972) HM
  4. Classic Cars (1973 – 1989) C
  5. Modern Cars (Post 1989) M
  6. Modern Motorcycles (Post 1972)

Apparently the Modern Cars class was a last minute addition to the competition which then allowed Harald to enter his GLA AMG.


Some Cars Waiting To Run Up The Hill

There were a wide variety of cars at the hill climb.  The car shown below is the development car that American Motors used to prepare the three-car team that won the Team Prize in the 1968 Shell 4000 Rally.


American Motors Rambler Used As A Develoment Car For The 1968 Shell 4000 Rally

The new event coincides well with the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held close by on the shores of Georgian Bay which is now in its fourth year.  In fact, the Cobble Beach organizers offered preferred entrance and exhibit space for all hill climb cars.  The Cobble Beach event promotes itself off the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance saying that it has “larger stones”.


A McLaren CanAm Car At The Hill Climb

I was looking at the results and saw that a McLaren CanAm car has taken part in the hill climb.  That must have been quite a sight and sound to behold!  That is a very serious race car, but it could not match Harald’s times in the Mercedes-Benz.


Big Block Chevy Power In The McLaren CanAm Car


Wet/Damp Conditions With Slick Tires And Power Would Make For An Interesting Ride

As can be seen from above, the event attracted a wide variety of cars.  Also combining this event with the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance should generate good synergy over the years.


This Race Car Looks Like It Would Be Fast

I hope that this event thrives in the future and that the weather will be a little better next time.

The hill climb organizer, Bob is to be applauded to be able to unite local municipalities, sponsors, media and the neighboring public to support this project. The least of his worries were the competitors, who were eager to attend this reinvented motorsports event.


Inglis Falls Gave It’s Name To The Hill Climb

I want to congratulate Harald and thank him for sending some notes and photos that I used in this post.

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1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible At Lime Rock Historic Festival

At this year’s Lime Rock Historic Festival I saw a nice 1963 Pontiac Tempest convertible. Generally Pontiac Tempests seem to be unappreciated classic cars.


1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

The Tempest was Pontiac’s mid-size entry to challenge the mid-size marketplace with Chevelle, Ford Fairlane, and others.


This Convertible Looks Like A Great Summer Car

This Tempest does not have the optional “LeMans” option.  The base factory price for the Tempest Convertible was $2,995 while the Tempest LeMans convertible was only $40 more at $3,035.  Perhaps this is why Pontiac sold 5,012 Tempest convertibles, while selling many more, 15,957, Pontiac Tempest LeMans convertibles.


Pontiac Tempest Advertisement

In looking at the Pontiac Tempest advertisement above, it makes you wonder exactly what that fellow is/was actually taking a picture of?


The Lack Of “LeMans” Badging Suggests That This Has Standard Tempest Trim

The 1963 Pontiac Tempest had many potential engines hat buyers could choose from.  These are listed below:

  • 195 cubic inch inline 4 cylinder, 1 barrel carb, 8.6:1 compression – 115 horsepower
  • 195 cubic inch inline 4 cylinder, 1 barrel carb, 10.25:1 compression – 120 horsepower
  • 195 cubic inch inline 4 cylinder, 1 barrel carb, 10.25:1 compression – 140 horsepower
  • 195 cubic inch inline 4 cylinder, 4 barrel carb, 10.25:1 compression – 166 horsepower
  • 326 cubic inch V8, 2 barrel carb, 10.25:1 compression – 260 horsepower

One engine that Pontiac dropped in 1963 was the 215 cubic inch aluminum V8 engine that had produced 185 horsepower with a four barrel carburetor.  This engine went on to a long life overseas where it became known as the Rover V8 which showed up in many cars.

Note that the 195 cubic inch 4 cylinder Tempest engines were literally half of the 389 cubic inch V8 engine that was in the full size Pontiacs.  Also the 326 cubic inch V8 engine was an underbore of the same block used for the 389 cubic inch V8.  With all of this, it is easy to see how the Pontiac GTO, which started the whole muscle car era, was created in 1964, when Pontiac put a high horsepower 389 cubic inch V8 engine in the 1964 Tempest LeMans with the GTO option.


The Pontiac Tempest 

The 1963 Pontiac Tempest was about 5 inches longer than previous Pontiac Tempests.  It appears that the extra length was built into the rear quarter of the car.


This Tempest Is Fitted With The An Automatic Transmission

There were three available transmissions possible with the Pontiac Tempest.  The standard transmission was a 3-speed manual transmission with an optional 2-speed automatic transmission or a floor-mounted 4-speed manual transmission.  This particular car had the two-speed automatic transmission.


The Lever Below The Right-Most Circular Gauge Is The Transmission Shifter

The Pontiac Tempests were important cars as they were instrumental in starting the muscle car era.

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Another MG Arnolt Siting!

I don’t often see a MG Arnolt.  These were American/English/Italian cars which were made in 1953/54.  I posted some background information on these cars on this website back in April 11, 2012 and again on May 21, 2012.  I had not seen one since that time until last weekend when David West of Ontario brought his MG Arnolt to the Lime Rock Historic Festival.


David West’s 1954 MG Arnolt

To reiterate the basic story of the MG Arnolt cars; they were the brain child of Stanley Howard Arnolt, who was a British car dealer in Chicago, Illinois.  The MG Arnolt cars began with a rolling chassis from a MG TD.  These chassis were sent to Bertone in Italy, where for final assembly a Bertone-styled body was added to the MG TD chassis.  The cars were then sent to Arnolt in Chicago for the retail market.


The Lines Of The MG Arnolts Are Much Smoother Than The MG TD

Many references refer to Stanley Arnolt as “Wacky” Arnolt.  I don’t understand that.  Who would not want to own one of these cars?   In addition, I suspect that the vast majority of MG TD owners would trade their MG TD for a MG Arnolt.  These are very attractive cars.


The Interior Has Only A Slight MG Look

This particular MG Arnolt has seen a lot of driving, but still has its original paint.  The storyboard placed with the car notes that it was driven coast-to-coast in 1986 and in 2012 it was used on a 2,000 mile trip around the Great Lakes.  It’s good to know that the car is driven, but it likely has seen no Ontario winters.  By the way, the story board states that this is the only MG Arnolt in Canada.


This MG Arnolt Is Driven Frequently

Only very few of these cars were built.  A total of 103 MG Arnolt cars have been documented as being built between 1953 and 1954 (67 coupes and 36 convertibles).  The production of the MG Arnolt ended when the production of the MG TD was shut down for the production of the MG TF.


The Styling Is Definitely Early 1950s Italian

I like these cars and I was pleased to see one of these cars again at the Lime Rock Historic Festival.

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