A few weekends ago Toronto Section President Harald von Langsdorff and Minuteman Section member Steve McKelvie participated in the Pumpkin Run Rally.

What follows is the report from his Co-Driver and Navigator Steve McKelvie.

Last weekend Harald and I took part in the 2016 Pumpkin Run rally hosted by the Northeast Rally Club in Millsboro, Delaware.  We were fortunate that the rains had stopped a few days before, as flooded roads due to excessive rainfall have been problematic in this area of Delaware.  Still the rallymaster had to issue an emergency speed in one area to account for one road we crossed that had a completely flooded section.

As I noted in an earlier post, we had planned on using Harald’s recently acquired 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC, but some engine issues prevented us from using that car.  As a result, we used Harald’s 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG.  This is a very good performing car when it comes to starting and stopping with its 2.0 litre 375 horsepower engine and big disc brakes.

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Harald’s Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

We enjoyed catching up with some friends who we have met at previous rallies.  It was particularly good to see Brian Blood/Steve Keller who campaign a 1969 Saab 96.  This Saab was originally rallied by the Pacific Northwest USA rally legend, Satch Carlson.  Brian and Steve are a very competent rally crew, which they demonstrated last year by winning this rally outright.  Brian and Steve have been very helpful to Harald and I.

Harald and I finished 5th Overall in the 36 cars that started the rally.rall in the 36 cars that started the rally.  We were satisfied with this result as it shows that we can be competitive, but we know that we have to shave away a few more seconds.  There were 14 scored legs and our total error was 49 seconds or about 3.5 seconds per leg.

2016 Pumpkin Run Rally Results

Harald and I did manage to zero one leg, so we were awarded an Ace.  This Ace sticker is shown below.

Harald and I enjoyed this rally and meeting the other rally competitors, organizers, and the rallymaster.  We look forward to competing in another Northeast Rally Club rally next spring.

 

The full report of this rally can be found here.

Steve is a member of the MBCA Minuteman Section and runs an very interesting motorsport blog. Get yourself a cup of coffee and some time and start reading here.

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