Harald von Langsdorff’s mother’s health seemed to stabilize overnight and Harald made the decision to continue on with competing in the 2017 Baden Classic rally, but that we would get regular updates and as a result we might withdraw before the rally ended. Despite all of these significant distractions, we had a good day at the Baden Classic. In the Classic division, which had about 40 cars, we finished third overall, we won our class, and we were part of the winning rally team.
Our Trophy For Winning First In Our Class
Members of the our winning rally teams were:
- Michael Muller/Gerhard Spiesberger – 1974 Ford Escort RS 2000
- Michael Bruns/Christian Bruns – 1964 Ford Falcon
- Anton Singler/Rosemarie Singler – 1965 Renault R8
- Harald von Langsdorff/Steve McKelvie – 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
The Baden Classic attracted a wide variety of cars. By far the oldest car in the rally was the 1931 Buick entered by Thomas Romen. Mr. Romen is a very good at car rallies and, in addition, is a very nice fellow. A few years ago, Mr. Romen had Harald and I, along with a couple of other rally fellows, over to his house for some food and wine. It was very enjoyable. From what Mr. Romen said steering the big Buick in a day long car rally gives your shoulders quite a work out!
Thomas Romen’s 1931 Buick Was Originally Built In Germany
Being overseas for the Baden Classic gives me an opportunity to see cars that are rarely seen in North America. One such car is the 1984 Renault Alpine A310 shown below.
1984 Renault Alpine
While those of who competed in the Classic Class were not allowed to use sophisticated rally computers, those who competed in the Sporting Class were able to use a wide variety of rally timing and navigation components. The Triumph Spitfire shown below is an example of one of the better prepared cars in the Sporting Class. Not only is the timing different in the Sporting Class, the route instructions are a different from the Classic Class and they seem to involve more map reading. I believe that the timing control locations are the same for both classes. Cars are timed to the 1/100 second at the controls in all classes.
A Well-Prepared Triumph Spitfire
For the results of the 2017 Baden Classic, reported by class, click on the following file. Harald von Langsdorff and I were in Class 3 because of the relatively new age of Harald’s Mercedes-Benz 560SL.
To see the overall 2017 Baden Classic results, regardless of class, click on the following file.
Harald’s mother’s health continues to improve, but other than that scare, we enjoyed taking part in the 2017 Baden Classic.
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