In the spring of 2017 I will be the navigator for Michael Eatough in the Paris-Prague car rally. This rally will take place from June 11 to June 17, 2017. As the name suggests it will start near Paris, France and end six days later in Prague in the Czech Republic. Michael has a very well prepared 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230S that he will use in the rally. Michael’s car is shown below.
I am very pleased to be navigating for Michael and to be sitting in this reliable Mercedes-Benz. Michael has competed in this car in several endurance rallies and it seems like all he ever had to do was fill the fuel tank, check the oil, wash the car, and wipe the windshield. This car has been built with an eye to toughness and reliability.
One thing that will be a little different from normal for me is that as the car is an English-market car, the car is right-hand drive. Therefore I will be sitting on the left-hand side of the car. I don’t really think that it will make a real difference as far as navigating, but it might take a few minutes to adjust. We will be driving this car from London to Paris before the rally, so I will be able to acclimatize myself before the rally starts.
I often provide my own rally navigation equipment in cars where I am navigating, but this situation is a little different. This car is a very well prepared endurance rally car that is already fitted with rally odometer/rally computer equipment. Michael’s car is fitted with a Monit Q-20 odometer that is driven both by a wheel sensor and a GPS signal. The car is also fitted with a very capable GaugePilot rally computer. However to meet the requirements of the rules for the Paris-Prague rally some of the timing features of the Gaugepilot unit might have to be locked out for the duration of the rally. I might be augmenting Michael’s equipment with some of my own equipment, but this is yet to be finalized.
This car was originally supplied with a 2,308cc engine 135 horsepower engine, but Michael has replaced the original engine with a slightly larger 157 horsepower 2,778cc engine. Michael has said that the additional power is quite noticeable. This additional power will be helpful on mountain roads of this rally.
I look forward taking part in this rally with Michael with his Mercedes-Benz 230S. If you have any comments or questions about this car, the Paris-Prague rally, or this post, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot com