Team Silver Baron Great Race Hero Cards

Yesterday a package from Harald von Langsdorff arrived in the mail with some Team Silver Baron hero cards that will be distributed during our participation in the 2017 Great Race.

Front Face Of The Team Silver Baron “Hero” Card

The livery of Harald’s 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC will be silver/black to match the works Mercedes-Benz rally cars of the 1970s.  We have also been able to secure the use of car #8 during the 2017 Great Race to match the number of the Mercedes-Benz SLC rally car that is in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Back Face Of The Team Silver Baron “Hero” Card

The back side of the card provides some information about the Mercedes-Benz 350SLC coupe and the support crew for the Great Race.  David Wells is a professional mechanic with great rally experience including refurbishing Harald’s Mercedes-Benz 350SLC, building his own Mercedes-Benz SL, and servicing a Mercedes-Benz 450SLC in the East African Safari Rally.  Paul Henshall has been involved in all sorts of rallying in Ontario, Newfoundland, Dubai, and Germany (and that’s just what I know about) as a driver, navigator, rallymaster, marshal, or providing service support.

This 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC is newest car that is allowed under the Great Race rules which is limited to cars 1972 or older.  The use of a “new” car will make the Great Race more challenging for us because we will not get any benefit from a scoring factor in reducing our timing score.  Despite this, Harald and I have had very good success with Mercedes-Benz cars and we look forward to this year’s Great Race.  If you are in one of the cities/towns where the rally will stop, please look us up and say “Hi!”: we’d enjoy meeting you – Car #8.

If you have any comments or questions about the Great Race or this post, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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5 Responses to Team Silver Baron Great Race Hero Cards

  1. kmkemper says:

    Steve – thanks for the great site you maintain on vintage rally, I check into it from time to time because it is loaded with great information. Great to see you running a SLC on the Great Race, but I am biased, for right now I am building a 450 SLC 5.0 to rally spec, in Northern California. Check out for the step-by-step on the build so far!

    • I did go to your site and it was time well spent. You have put together a lot of information about the Mercedes-Benz rally cars. Thanks for doing that!
      Steve McKelvie

      • kmkemper says:

        My pleasure, and thanks for the kind words, glad that you found the information to be of interest. I look forward to your accounts of the Great Race with the SLC.

      • Hi Gordon,
        In the middle of May, Harald & I will be competing in the 2017 Penn-York Rally in Beach Lake, PA as a warm up or practice run with the SLC. This will be a good check for us as we prepare for the Great Race. I will be posting about this rally as well.
        Steve McKelvie

  2. kmkemper says:

    Steve – I’ll look forward to the reports of the shake-down event, hope it is all fun

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