I recently competed in the Baden Classic, a oldtimer” rally that is part of the ADAC FIVA Historic Cup series in Germany. At this rally I was the navigator for Harald von Langsdorff in his 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet.
Harald von Langsdorff and His 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet
Only simple odometers are allowed to be used during this rally. As a result, I was able to use my new Terratrip 101 Plus odometer. This turned out to be an excellent choice for this rally.
The Interior of the Mercedes-Benz 220S With Our Rally-Equipped Set-Up
The photo above shows our rally set-up. As the interior of the Mercedes-Benz has a lovely wooden dash, almost all of the rally equipment is fixed to my rally board. Other pieces are stuck to the transmission tunnel floor mat using Velcro.
The rally navigation equipment that we used was as follows:
Alfa Club 2000 rally clock for Time-of-Day
Terratrip 101 Plus odometer
Brantz electronic speed table timer for pacing
Talking countdown clocks for timing line crossing
Calculator and pencils
The Terratrip 101 Plus turned out to be a very good odometer for this event. The unit had been modified by the Terratrip people to provide the ability to adjust the odometer reading on the fly.
My Terratrip 101 Plus
My Terratrip 101 Plus was modified to allow the use of the up arrow on the “7” button to increase the odometer reading by 0.01 for each push of the “7” button. And by using the down arrow on the “9” button the odometer reading can be reduced by 0.01 with each push of the “9” button. In addition, the 0.1 reading can be increased by 0.01 if the “4” button is pushed prior to using the arrow up or arrow down button. These features came in very handy as the odometer value needed frequent adjustment due to the nature of the rally route and the what others reported as occasional discrepancies in the route book distances.
The Terratrip 101 Plus odometer functioned flawlessly and I found it very easy to use. The display was easy to see and the tactile buttons were also very easy to use. The buttons and functions are very clear and after I used the unit for only about 10 minutes, I felt very comfortable with it as if I had been using it for years.
In summary, my Terratrip 101 Plus is a very useful odometer and I look forward to using it again.
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