I did not take too many pictures during the 2017 Baden Classic Rally. Most of the time, I was just a little too busy rallying, eating, or drinking. However, I did take some pictures and I did find some other pictures posted on the Baden Classic’s web site. A few of these photos are presented in this post.
The Winning Rally Team: Gerhard Spiesberger, Steve McKelvie, Harald von Langsdorff, Rosemarie Singler, Anton Singler, Michael Muller, with Rally Organizer Michael Kraft. Missing are Michael Bruns and Christian Bruns
Michael Muller has a wonderful Ford Escort rally car. It is very well prepared and it has a great sound.
Gerhard Spiesberger and Michael Muller With Their 1974 Ford Escort
Michael and Gerhard competed in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique in a Saab 99. During that rally I was able to speak with Michael and Gerhard only very briefly in Langres in the middle of the night. Another of our team member, Michael Bruns, also competed in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique in the same 1964 Ford Falcon that he drove in the 2017 Baden Classic. I saw Michael’s car at the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, but I had not met him before. I was pleased to find out that Michael is a regular viewer of my website.
Michael Bruns/Christian Bruns In Their 1964 Ford Falcon
It’s always nice when pictures are available of the car when you are in a rally. The picture below shows Harald and myself about ready to start the round-the-creek stage in downtown Michelbach. This stage requires precise timing. Because we have to blend in with rally cars already going as fast as they can in the loop stage, the cars are flagged off when the road is clear. The cars are given a target time for 2 1/2 loops that is measured to the 1/100 seconds. We have to start the stopwatches correctly when we break the starting beam and then when we break the timing light at the finish line hopefully at the perfect time. We were off by 0.33 seconds, which was not good enough to win the nice Hanhart stopwatch that Prestel+Gemmer had put up as a stage prize.
Harald & I Waiting At The Start Of The Michelbach Round-The-Creek Stage
On Friday night we had a nice dinner at a restaurant which we had the exclusive use of. The following picture shows a typical scene during the dinner. It was very enjoyable.
Friday Dinner At A Fully Booked Dining Area
At times during the rally, the weather was nice enough that we were able to take the top down on the car. The picture below shows us coming downhill from the area of a castle that we used to stay at.
Harald & I Kept The Top Down When We Could
Many times during the rally we had some very nice views, but the timing requirements never seemed to allow us the time to stop to enjoy the view.
The Baden Classic Provided Lots Of Scenic Views
In the end, Harald and I were quite satisfied with our results in the 2017 Baden Classic.
Harald & I With Our First In Class Trophies
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