Second Mercedes-Benz Classic Days in Merano/Scena
1931: Four Mercedes-Benz victories in one month
In August 1931, Rudolf Caracciola and Manfred von Brauchitsch clinched one victory after the other in both circuit and hillclimb races. In the AVUS race in Berlin on 2 August, Caracciola, driving an SSKL, recorded the day's best lap time overall and finished in first position in the displacement category above 1.5 litres. One week later, von Brauchitsch won the sports car category above five litres in a class and track record time on the famous Gaisberg Mountain near Salzburg. On the following two weekends, Caracciola scored victory in two European hillclimb championship heats: in both the Tatra Mountains hillclimb race in Poland and on the Mont Ventoux in France, he won the sports and racing car category above eight litres in superior fashion, establishing new track records in the process.
1971: The 150,000th Unimog comes off the assembly line
After twenty years in production, in 1971, the 150,000th Unimog rolled off the assembly line of the Daimler-Benz plant in Gaggenau. Thirty years later, in August 2001, the production volume exceeds the 350,000 mark. The idea of the Unimog was born in 1945. At the time, several former aircraft engineers of Daimler-Benz AG and an agriculturist joined forces to develop a universally applicable working machine for agricultural applications against the background of the looming Morgenthau Plan of converting Germany into an exclusively agrarian country. Following the very positive response to the vehicle during its first appearance at the Agricultural Trade Fair in Frankfurt in August 1948, production of the Unimog started in 1949, initially at the mechanical engineering factory of Boehringer in Göppingen, Germany. Two years and some 600 Unimogs later, in 1951, production was transferred to the Daimler-Benz plant in Gaggenau.