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Summer 2011: Germany celebrates cars

125 years ago, the Germans Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz invented the automobile. In summer 2011, in several German cities will be held several events to celebrate its anniversary. The major events will take place in the Land of Baden-Württemberg.


Germany – birthplace of the inventors of the automobile and home to chief brands in the four wheels market, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche, of course – is celebrating the 125° anniversary of this mean of transportation with a series of events in several cities. The hub of celebrations will be the region of Baden-Württemberg and its capital, Stuttgart.

A program full of events, exhibitions, competitions, rallies and gatherings of vintage cars that will attract millions of tourists and fans from all over Europe but also from the Far East. In fact, also Chinese and Indian delegations are expected to come and visit.

The opening ceremony will be held in Stuttgart on May 7-8 with an overview of the future scenario, the presentation of electric cars, hybrid and alternative propulsion, but also with exhibition in Marktplatz and Schillerplatz of true ‘legends’ that have made the history of motoring.

In June, trade fairs and exhibitions will be also held in Friedrichshafen, Karlsruhe, the birthplace of Carl Benz, Pforzheim, in the Ludwigsburg castle – with an international gathering of vintage cars and the competitions ‘Concours d’Elegance’ and ‘Festival of Classic Cars ‘. In the month of July throughout the region of Baden-Baden there will be a traveling rally of vintage cars, and for the entire period in Karlsruhe, at the ZKM Museum, there will be an exhibition of car sculptures by famous German and international artists.

The series of events also includes an exhibition in Karlsruhe on the life and work of Carl Benz, a rally of cars and vintage motorcycles (July 22-24) on the circuit of Solitudering near Stuttgart: finally, on September 10, the closing ceremony in Mannheim. Throughout the summer in the spa town of Bad Mergentheim, taking advantage of a particular package tour, drivers will enjoy a double check-up: for their health and their car.

Photo by Fabio Aro

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