2017 Baden Classic Rally: Getting Ready For the Rally

Today Harald von Langsdorff and myself were in good shape to be ready for the rally.  We had the car set up yesterday and today all we had to do was to get the car through scrutineering and to get our odometer calibrated.  As a result, we had some time in the morning to do some site seeing.

We went to The Museum of Military History that is housed in the residential palace of Rastatt.

Residential Palace In Rastatt, Germany

In the museum there was a tremendous amount of military things to see.  This area of Germany had been fought over between France and Germany for many years.  Sometimes it was a German area, then other times it was a French area.  As a result, this area was often a battleground with lots of military history.

These Swords Are Typical Of The Hardware On Display

In the afternoon we went to the designated area to have the car scrutineered, but we were the first there, even before the scrutineering crew.  But, so as not to waste time.  Harald and I did our exercises on the available public exercise equipment.

Here Is Harald Doing His Push Ups

Here I Am Doing Some Sort Of Back Exercise, I Think

We eventually got our car scrutineered and everything was just fine.

Our Mercedes-Benz 560SL

After all that exercise and scrutineering, we went the XXL restaurant located at the scrutineering location for nourishment and an adult beverage.  Check out the size of the “small” cheeseburger that I had.

This Small Cheeseburger Was 8-inches In Diameter!

We did some socializing with some other rally competitors that we had met at this event previously.  It was great to trade rallying stories.

After dining, we went to calibrate our odometer.  This was somewhat disappointing.  Our final calibration number was 51.   Rally navigators will know that a low calibration number means that accuracy of the odometer is somewhat off.  And it turned out that the ideal calibration number we needed was 51.52, almost right in the middle either using 51 or 52.  We decided to use 51 as I can always take a little off the reading of the electrical-mechanical Prestel+Gemmer odometer by turning the odometer off for a few meters as needed.  This certainly points out the benefit of using having pulse multipliers to increase the pulses that the odometer sees.  We were using the pulses generated for the electronic speedometer in the Mercedes-Benz 560SL.  Anyway, as they say, it is what it is.

If you have any questions or comments about this post or the Baden Classic rally, 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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