A man has taken 26 years to drive 900,000km in a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen
In 1988, Gunther Holtorf bought a Mercedes-Benz G Wagen. In the following 26 years, he and his wife travelled the equivalent of 22 times around the earth. 897,000km, to be precise. Why? Because G, that’s why.
“In 1988 when I bought the car, I was a bit sceptical about the promise made by Mercedes-Benz [‘where there’s a G, there’s a way’],” he recalls.
Together with his G - affectionately named ‘Otto’ - and his wife, who has now sadly passed away, Gunther travelled through 215 countries, including North Korea, China, Mount Everest’s base camp, the Australian outback, Siberia and the Dead Sea.
Some more stats: he crossed 410 borders outside Europe, braced temperatures as low as -27 degrees celcius and +50 degrees celcius, and spent an equivalent of 3.5 years in the driving seat.
“The entire drivetrain is still original,” Gunther recalls. “Neither the frame nor the body have shown any signs of fatigue.”
To Gunther and his G, then, may we present a hearty TG salute.