Day 1 At The 2017 Great Race

The 2017 Great Race started today with about 120 cars entered.  This is quite an event.  It is hard to describe the Great Race – it is an experience as much as it is a rally.  It seems that there is always something to do.  In the last few days we have traveled to Washington, DC, took the AutoTrain from Lorton, VA to Sanford, Florida, drove to Jacksonville, Florida, had dinner at the Jacksonville Zoo, got the car scrutineered and we participated in the Trophy Run rally on Friday, which is a good practice or warm-up before the main Great Race starts.  Thanks go to Harald von Langsdorff, David Wells, and Paul Henshall for getting the car ready.

Harald von Langsdorff’s 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350 SLC

Today was the official start of the Great Race.  Thousands of people came to downtown Jacksonville, Florida to see the start.  Hundreads of others lined the streets as we left Jacksonville after the start.  We were even flagged off by Big Daddy Don Garlitts, one of the greatest drag racers of all time.

Starting Area Activity At The Great Race In Jacksonville, Florida

With respect to the start of the competition we had six controls today and we had very good scores on five of them.  Fortunately we get to throw away the results from one control today.  We have no idea of our overall position at this time, but there are a large number of experienced teams.

We are pleased with our start and look forward to the rest of this rally which ends in Traverse City, Michigan next weekend.

If you have any comments or questions, then leave a comment below or send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net


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