The 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique is just getting underway. For the past two years I was able to take part in this wonderful car rally as the navigator for Dan Allven of Monaco. This year Dan decided that he would take part in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique as a navigator. Dan asked his friend, Peter Fogelberg to drive Dan’s new car, a 1965 Mustang.
Dan Allven’s 1965 Mustang
For the rally Dan has purchased a Blunik II rally computer to use for navigating and timing during the rally. This is a very capable rally computer manufactured by a Spanish company. Dan has not taken part in a car rally before as a navigator, so he has been busy learning what happens in the other rally car seat. It is significantly different from being a driver as Dan has been for the past two years.
For Dan, who has not navigated before, learning how to use a complex rally computer is quite a challenge. Fortunately, Jordi Renu from Blunik has been very helpful to Dan. Dan has shared much of the information provided by Blunik with me and it is quite helpful. Blunik II has special capability for the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique which allows for continuous parallel timing of the overall checkpoint to checkpoint timing along with the separate competitive timed stages. After completion of a timed stage, it is easy to switch back to overall timing as you proceed to the next timed stage or the major checkpoint.
The Blunik II Rally Computer
The Blunik II rally computer has a timing feature that advises the navigator and the driver about how close the car is to the perfect time. When a red light is displayed, then you are running behind, when the green light is displayed then you are running fast, but when the blue light is displayed, then you are running within a defined timing window. These lights are shown on the main rally computer, but is also possible to have a separate driver’s display unit that has a larger color display. This allows to driver to just note the light color on the driver’s display rather than have to read numbers while concentrating on driving. The driver’s display is shown below.
The Blunik II Driver’s Display
For more information about the Blunik II, check out the company’s website by clicking on the following address:
I hope that Peter and Dan do well in the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique. They will be starting from Monte Carlo.
If you have any questions about the Blunik rally computer, the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, or this post then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net