June 22, 2017 JACKSONVILLE: The Spirit of Stahls cars and teams have arrived in Jacksonville and it is inspection day. All participating vehicles must pass a safety inspection and are checked for period correct drive train. In addition to the period correct drive train, there are also many other details that are reviewed, such as the size of the sponsor stickers on the cars, and equipment. For example, we are only allowed to use pencils, pens and scratch pads to calculate. All maps must be furnished by the Great Race. Cars must have one mechanical or quartz-crystal analog time of day watch or clock. It can’t have stopwatch, compensating, calculating or split-action functions or digital readout. Each driver and navigator can wear one approved analog wristwatch without stopwatch function. However, each team may have one approved digital or analog stopwatch and the stopwatch may have split-action, time of day, date and alarm functions. No other time-keeping devices are allowed in the vehicle. Cell phones are allowed for emergency purposes only. Maps, charts, tables, pace notes or course materials from prior races are also prohibited. Of course, GPS devices are not allowed. Whew! In addition to making sure we have all the correct equipment, we are also taking the opportunity to take care of some last minute pre-race repairs. On a few of the cars we need to adjust some things that got jostled loose during the transport so we are ready to hit the road. All our cars passed inspection, and we are grateful for that. It’s fantastic seeing some of the very interesting cars that are participating this year. We look forward to the start!