Returning To The Baden Classic In 2016

I am pleased that I will be competing in the 2016 Baden Classic rally in the Black Forest area of Germany.  Once again Harald von Langsdorff has asked me to be his navigator in this rally.  Harald was uncertain if he was going to be able to enter this year, but now he has found a way to make it happen.  The classic car rally will be held on April 15 and 16, 2016.

Poster 2016

2016 Baden Classic Poster

This year we will be competing in a different, but similar, car than we have in the past.  This year we will be in a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupe.  This car is shown below.

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupe

This car has great lines and it is a comfortable ride.  It has an inline 6-cylinder engine and a column mounted four-speed transmission.  A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to drive this car and it runs smoothly.  I look forward to competing in this car.

There are some rule changes in the rally this year that will affect the rally equipment that we can use. We are still evaluating our options at this time.  The rules want the Classic competitors to use mechanical or electrical/mechanical simple odometers.  At this point the rules say that the use of even simple odometers with LCD or LED displays is discouraged.  So that you can see that the organizers want to move to more period correct navigation equipment.  I will have more on this in the upcoming weeks as we get ready for the rally.

 

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