Reason enough, then, for Sinn Spezialuhren zu Frankfurt am Main to take part in the “Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik” car rally with a Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb convertible, thereby demonstrating its support for the first-class event. The rally race for classic 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 Sinn Spezialuhren driving team – owner Lothar Schmidt and marketing director Simone Richter – relies on the 917 GR, an extremely dependable rally 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 rallies. In addition to driving skill, these nostalgic races 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 target times and read then off 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 event. 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.