I arrived in Forch, Germany today through a combination of plane, trains, and automobiles. Forch is the home town of my frequent rally partner Harald von Langsdorff. This weekend Harald and I will be competing in the Baden Classic car rally. When I arrived earlier this morning in Frankfurt, it was dull and overcast, and it even degenerated into rain.
Harald met me at the train station in Baden-Baden, then we went to Forch. I am staying at the Hotel Krone which not only is the only hotel in Forch, it is a great eating place and doubles as the village pub.
After we had lunch (I had a local seasonal cream of asparagus soup) we went to German version of Home Depot to pick up some last minute items for the rally. In the drizzling rain, partially sheltered in Harald’s garage, we got the Mercedes-Benz 560SL ready for the rally. The interior of the Mercedes-Benz 560SL is very much like the 300SL that we had in this rally last year, so we knew pretty much where everything should go. Harald had done some prewiring for the Prestel+Gemmer odometer using the pulse generated by the Mercedes-Benz electronic speedometer, so we had the odometer working properly in about five minutes. Through the abundant use of Velcro it did not take too long to get everything the way that we wanted it.
In the evening we went into Baden-Baden for dinner and what has become a Baden-Baden tradition for me – a plate of spaghetti ice cream. For a nightcap, we went back to the Hotel Krone for a glass or two of wine along with some general BS about our upcoming rallies before calling it a night. Tomorrow is the scrutineering of the cars prior to the meeting.
Things have gone very well so far, but we know to expect the unexpected.
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