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201303 Aug


In 1888, the same year as Bertha Benz's epic drive, the first contemporary pictorial report about a drive with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen Model 3 was published in the September issue of the Leipzig "Illustrierte Zeitung".


It was early one August morning in 1888 when Bertha Benz, the wife of motor car inventor Carl Benz, embarked on the first ever long-distance journey in automotive history in a Benz Patent-Motorwagen Type III (patent motor car type 3) accompanied by her two sons.


The route led from Mannheim to Pforzheim, the birthplace of Bertha Benz. It was a 106-kilometre journey fraught with uncertainties and challenges that called for great courage on the part of the pioneering trio. The venture paid off though, as the Patent-Motorwagen proved itself to be a perfectly suitable and flexible means of transport for longer journeys, too.


This year, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is commemorating the 125th anniversary of the epic journey with Bertha Benz Days from 2 to 4 August 2013. Over three days, costume guided tours for both children and adults will focus on this automotive pioneer.


The special program on this day also includes taxi rides with a replica of the Benz patent motor car and a story hour with Jutta Benz, the great-granddaughter of Bertha Benz.


A commemorative drive from Mannheim to Pforzheim will furthermore take place from 9 to 11 August 2013 to mark the first ever long-distance journey in the world’s first motor car. It is being organised by the ASC classic car enthusiasts club and the Dr. Carl Benz car museum in the town of Ladenburg. These days, the long-distance journey is more of a historic tour staged as a regularity drive for vintage cars. The return journey to Mannheim also tracks the route taken in 1888.


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