Health Scare Dampens A Good Start To The 2017 Baden Classic Rally

Today was the first day of competition in the 2017 Baden Classic car rally.  But Harald von Langsdorff and myself will probably remember it for the day that Harald’s mother had a mild stroke.  She currently is in a local hospital being well looked after.  Harald got the news this afternoon while we were just starting a rather difficult map section of the rally and obviously this call and the news that was contained in the call were major distractions.  Harald’s mother lives in Germany only a few miles from the rally area.  Our status for continuing in the rally for the second day is still up in the air.

In spite of this rather shocking news, we appeared to have scores today that would make us very competitive with the other cars.

Michael Muller’s Well-Prepared Ford Escort

This morning, before the rally started, Harald and I were pleased to be asked by Michael Muller to join his team for the rally.  Michael has a very well prepared Ford Escort and he has lots of rally experience including taking part in the recent running of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  Another team member is Michael Bruns who is driving a Ford Falcon rally car.  Michael and this car also took part in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  Harald and I don’t want to let the rest of the team down.    Michael’s Ford Falcon is shown below.  It looks good and sounds good as well as it is powered by a 289 cubic inch Ford V8 fed by two 4-barrel carburetors.

Michael Bruns’ Ford Falcon

Today’s afternoon break was at a spectacular restaurant at a castle on top of a great hill.  You could see for miles from our eating table.  While the break was good, Harald spent most of the time on the telephone trying to get updates on his Mom.

View From The Afternoon Break Location

Not only was the view spectacular, the coffee and pastries went over well with the rally competitors.

The Afternoon Break Was A Welcome Stop

At the afternoon break, I got a chance to look a some of the other cars in the rally.  Certainly the Ford GT40 clone, shown below, was quite an attention grabber.

Ford GT40 In The Gulf Livery

One car that caught my attention, as well as Harald’s attention, was the Mercedes-Benz SLC that is shown below.  This car looks very much like the 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC that we will be entering in the upcoming 2017 Great Race.

A Rally Prepared Mercedes-Benz SLC

The weather improved during the day to the point that we took the top down on our Mercedes-Benz 560SL.  It was quite enjoyable, but in some of the high, shady roads in the Black Forest it did get a little cool.

Harald’s Mercedes-Benz 560SL With The Top Down

Our rally plans for tomorrow are still subject to change depending upon the health of Harald’s Mom.

If you have any questions or comments about this post or the Baden Classic, 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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2 Responses to Health Scare Dampens A Good Start To The 2017 Baden Classic Rally

  1. David Scothorn says:


    As you may guess I follow your rally exploits with interest.

    However, on this occasion, I write first to wish Harald’s Mother a speedy recovery and, secondly, to wish you both well if you are able to continue.

    Best Regards

    David Scothorn

    Oxford. U.K.


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