For the past couple of years the field for the Great Race has filled rather quickly. Therefore in an effort to ensure that the entry would be accepted, Harald von Langsdorff of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, has sent in an entry, which has been accepted for the 2017 Great Race. I am pleased that I will be Harald’s navigator for the 2017 Great Race. While Harald and I have competed in several other Time-Speed rallies before, this will be our first time in the Great Race.
For the Great Race we will be in Harald’s recently acquired 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350 SLC. This car is shown below.
Harald’s 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350 SLC
For 2017 the Great Race will start in Jacksonville, Florida and end in Traverse City, Michigan. The rally will start on June 24 and end 9 days later on July 2, 2017. This event will be quite a challenge.
The Great Race Starts In Jacksonville And Ends In Traverse City
The Mercedes-Benz 350 SLC is a coupe version of the more commonly seen two-seat SL models. The SLC models were the basis for the Mercedes-Benz factory rally cars in the 1970s that competed in the long distance rallies, mostly in Africa, of that era. As the World Rally Championship (WRC) focused in on shorter stage events, Mercedes-Benz withdrew from WRC events.
Mercedes-Benz SLC Rally Car In The Mercedes-Benz Museum
Harald’s 350 SLC has a longer wheelbase than the SL models, but this extra space will come in handy during the 9-day Great Race.
The 350 SLC Will Have Lots Of Room For Our Stuff
The challenge with this Mercedes-Benz is that it is the newest car that is allowed to complete in the Great Race. The Great Race is currently restricted to cars of model year 1972 or older. This car is a 1972. As a result, we will get no scoring assist from the scoring system, which favors older cars, so we will have to compete strictly on our ability to get a low score on the road. That will be our challenge in addition to the challenge of competing in this rally for the first time. I will have more about this rally as more details emerge.
It’s A Pleasure To Compete In A Mercedes-Benz
I look forward to again competing with Harald in a rally. We hope to take part in one or two other Time-Speed rallies prior to the 2017 Great Race in order to get some full-scale practice with this car. Because of the distance between our homes, Harald and I are not in a position to practice together during non-rally periods, but we have developed a professional approach to rallying in which we can meet up at a rally, get a car set up for the event in a short period, and be competitive in the rally. We also are quite critical and analytical of ourselves and talk through many issues and scenarios, so that we can understand what we are doing right and what were are doing that needs improvement.
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