This week I was pleased to get news that David Wells’ entry into the 2018 Great Race has been accepted. David was an important member of our Support Crew at the 2017 Great Race.
David Wells (right) With Harald And I At The 2017 Great Race
I first came into contact with David about 2 years ago when he sent me an email saying that he was interested in entering the Great Race and was wondering if I would be his navigator. David outlined his rally experience, which is long, mostly involving the famous East African Safari Rally. I urged caution on David’s part as the Great Race is probably at the opposite end of the rally spectrum from the East African Safari Rally. I suggested that he become more familiar with the Great Race type of rally, perhaps by entering a regional rally, before he enters the Great Race. As David lives in Ontario, I put David in contact with Harald von Langsdorff, who also lives in Ontario to find out more about this style of rallying. David, a knowledgeable, professional mechanic, began to assist Harald with the preparation of Harald’s Mercedes-Benz rally car for the Great Race and become familiar with the Great Race. This resulted in David joining Harald and I, first at the Penn-York Rally this spring (where David worked on a timing crew as well as assisting us) and again at this year’s Great Race. This gave David a very good working knowledge of the Great Race based on first hand experience from all sides.
The picture below shows David working on the front brakes of Harald’s Mercedes-Benz 350 SLC at the 2017 Great Race. David is an excellent mechanic in all types of machinery.
David Wells Hard At Work On Our Car During The 2017 Great Race
At this time David does not have a suitable car for the Great Race. He had hoped to use his Mercedes-Benz 280 SL, based on the similarity provisions in the Great Race rules, but that request was not successful. David has his eyes on a Volvo 122, as these are cars that he prepared for the East African Safari Rally in the past, but the car search is still an unfolding story. Based on what I know about David I am sure that he will have a well-prepared car in time for the 2018 Great Race. I am very pleased that David will be competing in the 2018 Great Race.
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