Due to a very busy schedule I have got way behind on the things that I want to post on this website. From April 19 to 21, Harald von Langsdorff and I competed in the Baden Classic, based in Michelbach, Germany. Harald and I have competed in this event many times in the past. This year we used Harald’s 1951 Mercedes-Benz 220 sedan. The picture below shows Harald and I at the Baden Classic starting arch for the rally.
Harald von Langsdorff And Myself At The 2018 Baden Classic Start
Harald & I competed in the Classic Division of this rally. The Classic Division competitors are given the times to pass each control and these times are measured to the 1/10 second. No stopping within site of the control is permitted. A typical start is shown below. Cars start on even minutes. The time is displayed on a clock at the start line.
Typical Starting Line
The timing at all controls is determined by light beam switches and clocks that read and record the time to 1/10 second. I noted that some cars have an added vertical surface affixed to the front bumper to provide a consistent light beam trigger that is unaffected by the height of the light beam.
Typical Light Beam Control Set Up
On Friday night of the rally we had a delicious dinner at the Unimog Museum in Gaggenau in Germany. This is a wonderful place to be. I had previously visited this museum a few years and highly recommend it if you are in the area. The Unimog is four-wheel drive, go anywhere, “Swiss Army Knife” type vehicle that can and is used for innumerable functions. The classic original Unimog vehicle is somewhat similar to the classic cab-forward Jeep vehicle. In the photo below, the center Unimog has been fitted with a snowblower device. Unimog is a division of Mercedes-Benz.
Friday Dinner At The Unimog Museum In Gaggenau
At the dinner, there was a lucky draw for a free ride around the Unimog demonstration track and I was very pleased when Harald & I won the draw! The ride was in a large crew-cab Unimog over a short, but very difficult course. The photo below shows us in the Unimog on the down side of a 70% slope. Shortly after this photo was taken, the driver put the Unimog in reverse and we backed up the slope!
Our Unimog Ride On A 70% Slope
It was quite a ride and hard to capture in a picture. The photo below was taken from inside the cab on the downside of a 70% slope. Tickets for the ride are available at the museum and it is a great way to experience the capabilities of these machines.
This Is What It Looked Like From Inside The Cab, Hanging By The Seatbelts!
Getting back to the Baden Classic car rally, there were a number of very nice cars taking part in the rally. One of the nicest was the Alpine shown below.
This Alpine 1300 Was Baden Classic Rally Participant
The Alpine is understandably one of the premier classic rally cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s. For example, an Alpine won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1973. This Alpine 1300 had a 1300cc Renault engine producing 105 to 120 horsepower in a car that weighed only about 1,200 pounds. Yes, they are quick!
The Alpine Was Supplied With A Rear-Engine Renault Power Plant
I will have more photos from the 2018 Baden Classic over the next few days. If you have any comments or questions about this post or the Baden Classic, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net