10.09.2012 Long-time partners
It’s pretty obvious at first glance that venerable classic cars and high-performance mechanical watches have a lot in common: Both stand for timeless, traditional values. Both offer the thrill of mechanical engineering steeped in a time-honoured tradition. And both symbolize quality and aesthetic design.
Reason enough, then, for Sinn Spezialuhren zu Frankfurt am Main to take part in the “Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik” car rallye with a Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb convertible, thereby demonstrating its support for the first-class event. The rallye for vintage cars and modern classics is being held for the fifth time on September 20-22, 2012. Sinn Spezialuhren has been a participant and partner since the outset.
The driving team sponsored by Sinn Spezialuhren – owner Lothar Schmidt and marketing director Simone Richter – relies on the 917 GR, an extremely dependable rallye chronograph. Lothar Schmidt developed the watch in collaboration with Peter Göbel, the sports director of the Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik, and Helge Jost of the Springer publishing company, the organisers of the event, on the basis of years of experience with road rallyes. In addition to driving skill, these nostalgic rages emphasise precise measurement of time – which is precisely what the 917 GR makes possible. Designed in the stylistic language of historical cars, the watch features a backward-counting bezel that makes it easy set and read off target times down to the second. Another nod to automotive cockpit design is evident in the power reserve indicator, which resembles a traditional fuel gauge.
180 classic cars representing 80 years of automotive history will take part in the rallye. Open to cars made before the year 1991, the competition involves a variety of tasks that emphasise consistent speed and reliability as opposed to fast driving. The race begins in Hamburg and the 780-kilometre route leads through six German states before culminating in Berlin. Nearly all of the roads are side roads, and 70% of this year’s route traverses streets and roads that have never been part of the course of the Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik before.
Further information can be obtained from www.hamburg-berlin-klassik.de.