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Unimog celebrates its 75th birthday

More than 2,000 visitors celebrated the 75th birthday of the Unimog in Gaggenau, while 75 Unimog models drove in-convoy.

Gaggenau: 75 years of the Unimog were celebrated this weekend in Gaggenau, among other things, with a convoy of 75 Unimog vehicles which weaved its way from the production plant in Wörth am Rhein via Karlsruhe, along the country roads, and to the Unimog’s home town of Gaggenau, in the Murg Valley.

The Gaggenau plant produced the Unimog under the Mercedes-Benz brand name from 1951 onwards: so 2021 actually marks a double anniversary – 75 years of the Unimog and 70 of those with the Mercedes star on the bonnet. The initial birthplace of the “universally applicable motorized device” – what the Unimog was originally known was in Schwäbisch Gmünd, where the first prototype underwent testing on fields and up hills as early as 1946.

Gaggenau is now home to the Unimog Museum, where everything revolves around the Unimog – and over the course of this weekend, this was even more the case than usual. On the museum’s grounds, visitors were able to take a look at the 75 vehicles which formed the Unimog convoy, while technology aficionados enjoyed the various presentations which were also made.

Further to this, convoy participants were invited to participate in demonstration drives around the Ötigheim testing grounds by way of a small thank you for the long journey which some of them had covered to share their automotive gems with the other guests. The anniversary weekend was organized by the Unimog Club Gaggenau, the Unimog Museum, and Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks.

Karin Rådström, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler Truck AG since February 2021, is responsible for Mercedes-Benz Trucks and was also among the event’s visitors sharing their passion for the numerous historical Unimog vehicles present.