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August 3, 2017

From Berlin and around the world …
to MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin

Heidi Hetzer and “Hudo” guests at the classic car trade fair on October 5-8 in the exhibition halls below the radio tower

Heidi Hetzer, former car dealership owner, rally driver, visionary and Berlin original, will be a guest of honour at Motorworld Classics Berlin 2017 together with her round-the-world car, “Hudo”. Yet another reason to visit the charming classic car trade fair in the historical exhibition halls in the shadow of Berlin’s radio tower – on October 5-8, 2017.

“You’re all mad!” shouts Heidi Hetzer as she stands before the Brandenburg Gate again on March 12, 2017 – after her 960-day-long trip around the world – and sees how many of her fans have come to welcome her. And then she sheds a few tears. But back to the beginning. After Heidi Hetzer, at the age of 75, had handed over her car dealership to a successor, she found that she could not put up with sitting around at home. “My children said that it would be the death of me if I didn’t go to work.”

She had long admired Clärenore Stinnes, who not only as the first woman, but indeed as the first person, had driven all round the world between 1927 and 1929 in an “Adler”. What could be the more obvious thing for Heidi Hetzer to do than to tackle such a project in a comparable vehicle?

Since she was not able to find a suitable Opel, she chose a 1930 Hudson Greater Eight as being the vehicle that came closest to what she had imagined. Without power-assisted steering, with no brake booster, and powered by a 60 horsepower engine, she set off eastwards from Berlin on July 27, 2014.

Travelling via Uzbekistan and Mongolia to China, and having overcome various setbacks, Heidi Hetzer succeeded in driving on through the USA and South America. Having transited the Atlantic, she reached South Africa in August 2016. From here, she crossed the African continent, finally arriving back in Europe around 2-and-a-half years after she had left. That sounds simpler than it was, however. “Nobody else drove my car a single metre throughout the 84,000 km,” she says, confirming that she had driven the entire distance herself, at times even without a passenger.

That “Hudo” had to be towed in a circle by a bus driver for the oil to become less viscous at minus 40 degrees Celsius, that she once unintentionally parked in the dark just a few metres away from a precipice, or that on account of her age she had to buy a driving licence without a date of birth. These and similar stories from her travels can and will be told by Heidi Hetzer at Motorworld Classics Berlin. Together with “Hudo”, she made the acquaintance of nearly 50 countries, many seas, and innumerable people, so there is much to relate.

Guest of honour at MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin: Heidi Hetzer with her round-the-world car “Hudo”.

ITB Berlin empfängt Heidi Hetzer nach über 950 Tagen Weltreise ITB Berlin empfängt Heidi Hetzer nach über 950 Tagen Weltreise
Photo credit: ITB

About MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin
On October 5-8, 2017, in Germany’s most international metropolis with its long automotive history, the historic halls of Berlin’s ExpoCenter and the summer garden in the shadow of the radio tower will once again create acres of space for an entire world in the style of the good old days. The classic car trade fair MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin is an experience not just for vehicle aficionados and collectors, car clubs and scene fans. A stylish ambience with much lifestyle also attracts more and more public visitors.
MOTORWOLD Classics Berlin 2016 was a huge success with more than 26,000 trade and public visitors, a 30% increase over the previous year. In 2017, the trade fair will be offering even more space (in Halls 11 to 21 and the summer garden) for premium exhibitors and a generous helping of lifestyle.
National and international automotive manufacturers with historical roots, leading dealers, technology specialists for automotive rarities, vendors of accessories and memorabilia, together with numerous dedicated classic car clubs and private sellers, will be presenting and selling their products and services. The annual classic car trade fair is organised by MoWo Messe- und Veranstaltungs GmbH & Co. KG and Messe Berlin GmbH.

Opening hours:
Thursday: October 5, 2017 (Preview Day): 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2017: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 2017: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission charges:
Preview day: 30.00 euros
Single day ticket: 15.00 euros
Family day ticket (2 adults, 3 children): 28.00 euros
AVUS VIP day ticket *: 99.00 euros
* Access to the AVUS Lounge with catering, also valid on Preview Day, with VIP parking space