The Hamburg-Berlin Klassik Rallye takes 180 classic cars for a loop around northern Germany. In between, there are stages that test your driving skill in terms of straight-line acceleration and braking, navigation, and even driving on ice. In the penultimate episode of the series, hosts Det Müller and Cyndie Allemann test their skills at a TSD, or Time Speed Distance, challenge, where it’s not how fast you drive that counts Scores are determined by crossing the finish line at a precise time. Arrivals that are early or late are penalized, so it’s as much as a test of navigation as it is driving.
In the grand finale, it’s time for the rally. The Cosmo Sport joins legions of Benzes, Volkswagens, Porsches and many other varieties of European steel. The three days are not without its troubles, and the hosts must conduct a roadside brake master cylinder repair. In the end, the Mazda completes the 800 km (500 mile) event through some of Germany’s most scenic towns without breaking much of a sweat.
Watching from the US, what surprised us most were the number of Japanese cars seen in the background. We spotted a Toyota Team Europe A40 Celica, a Nissan S30 Z, a pair of RX-7s and a droptop FC3S, as well as an FJ40 Land Cruiser. After completing the rally, the Cosmo Sport was taken to its new home at the newly opened Mazda Museum in Germany. It was a fitting end to the series, and throughly enjoyable even if we don’t speak a lick of German.