I Get Some Timing Line Equipment For An Upcoming Rally School

Today I took delivery of some rally timing line equipment.  I had been contemplating getting this equipment for some time, but I just recently decided to move ahead and get it.  I was looking in particular with timing line equipment that can record the time at the timing line to 1/100 second and this equipment does that.

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My New Timing Line Equipment

The timing equipment includes the timing line air hose that connects to a pressure switch with a slight inter-event timing delay, so that the time when the front wheels cross the air hose is the only time that is recorded.  The time when the back wheels of the car cross the timing line is not recorded.  An electric wire connects the pressure switch to a Hanhart clock/watch that can record time in a time-of-day format or in an elapsed time stopwatch format.

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This Hanhart Timing Clock Will Record To The 1/100 Second

People who have visited this website before know that I am interested in the Mille Miglia rally in Italy and the 1000 Millas Sport rally in Argentina.  Each year a few American drivers or teams enter these events, but to be honest, these American teams have typically not done particularly well in the competitive aspects of these rallies.  As these events require significant time and resources to enter and attend, learning on-the job can only bring unnecessary stress to an experience that should be very enjoyable.  There are good reasons why many spouses frequently don’t rally together.

I am already going to be working with someone who is planning on entering this year’s 1000 Millas Sport, so I am planning on a day long rally school to review the navigation, timing, and competitive aspects of competing in the Mille Miglia and the 1000 Millas Sport rallies.  These two events have very similar timing and competitive approaches.  In fact, the 1000 Millas Sport rally is based on the Mille Miglia rally.

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Air Pressure Timing Line At The Mille Miglia

Hopefully with some practice, rookie drivers or teams will be able to attend these events with the knowledge and confidence to do well and enjoy themselves.  The goal is to get some American results that are nearer the front of the field.

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A Car Crosses The Timing Line While Other Cars Wait Their Turn

I will have more details about the day long rally school in the upcoming weeks.  In general, I am planning on spending some time indoors going over the navigation and timing aspects used in the Mille Miglia and 1000 Millas Sport, then spending a good part of the day on the road practicing, in real time, crossing the timing line at the perfect time.  We can also help to explain how to best use the rally equipment that each team wants to use or to advise on what type of equipment to get.  I have examples of equipment that could be used.

If drivers or crews are interested in this planned hands-on rally school or have any questions about this, then contact me via email at shanna12@comcast.net

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5 Responses to I Get Some Timing Line Equipment For An Upcoming Rally School

  1. What exactly did you get for equipment and what did it cost?

    • Hi Clarence,
      I got the items shown in the first photo in the post: the air hose, the air pressure switch with the time delay, the electrical connecting wire, and the Hanhart stopwatch. This equipment, including handling and shipping from Europe, cost 300 Euros.
      Steve McKelvie

      • So how do you set the clock to exact time?

      • Hi Clarence,
        The time-of-day clock is set manually. There is no electronic sync with another clock. For my purposes, this is not a key requirement for simulating a time trial at the Mille Miglia or 1000 Millas Sport. In these events the time trials are held within an overall “transit” or morning or afternoon portion of the rally. When the beginning of a time trial is encountered competitors line up to begin the time trial and start on the starting marshal’s command. It is not a time-of-day start and for scoring purposes the time trial begins when the competitor actually drives over the air hose. Therefore it is like starting a stopwatch. Competitors have, say 50 seconds to drive over the next timing line. The finish time for one trial is the start of the next. Time measured and scored is the time between timing lines. So in my example here if the time was to be 50 seconds between timing lines and the competitor to 51.5 seconds to travel this distance the interval time to the next timing line would remain at 1 minute 15 seconds, say. This is a demanding challenge because the navigator has to start the stopwatch at the right moment as well as the driver has to cross the next timing line at the right moment. These are the techniques that I want the American teams to improve their skills on before participating in these events.
        Steve McKelvie

  2. Thanks for the explanation. It makes the scores these people get all the more incredible.

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