Archive 2019

Archive 2019.


New wine in old skins. Lecture with Karl-Horst Fuhrmann.

13 November 2019. In October, the AutoMuseum Volkswagen opened an exhibition accompanying the Transporter of the third generation and its new engines as part of the special show "Generation Change". The so-called T3 came not until 1979 - five years after the car generation change icon Golf - but presented both a radical change and a new beginning for commercial vehicles. Although the developers of the car had to remain true to the proven front handlebar design with engine in the rear, the transporter is still an innovative further development in countless technical details. Karl-Horst Fuhrmann, former chassis developer, spoke about the concept of the then new Bullis, based on the so-called utility value analysis, at the invitation of the circle of friends of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. She pointed out the criteria which recommended an evolutionary instead of the actually intended revolutionary further development of the concept - only the T4 should appear with front engine and front-wheel drive. KH Fuhrmann eloquently and captivatingly explained the advantages of the T3 over the T2. Various components such as the tank and spare wheel were moved forward in order to achieve a better weight balance. In addition, the safety standards were improved, which ultimately led to increased tipping resistance of the empty vehicle. New engines, especially the four-cylinder diesel, brought more driving pleasure and lower fuel consumption at the same time. In view of the many innovations, the answer to the provocative title of the lecture can only be: "The future is the future": The T3 was a new car that initiated a generation change. Among the 150 or so interested listeners were the former Chairman of the Board of Management, Prof. Carl Horst Hahn, and the former Head of Commercial Vehicle Development, Karl Nachbar.


The exciting race for the successor to the Beetle. - The book on the special show.

29 August 2019. Actually, Volkswagen was "only" striving to succeed its bestseller - the Beetle. An unbelievably risky, conflict-laden story that couldn't be allowed to go wrong: from 1973, it didn't end in a single model, but in an entire model family. What's more, this was associated with a completely new Group premium for the Audi 80-VW Passat-VW Scirocco-Golf-Audi 50 and VW Polo models. And the Group wanted to accelerate its entry into the luxury class, but in the end it remained with the Audi 100. Completely new engines were developed for the powertrain, with Audi and Volkswagen bringing their own creations into position in fierce competition. In this 176-page book not only the predecessors and the rejected studies of the new model generation from 1972 onwards are presented - partly on the basis of never before published pictures and facts. Rather, the complete history of engine development is rolled out for the first time - from water-cooled OHC Boxer engines to "inherited" engines such as the medium-pressure engine and the K70 engine to the engine developments of Porsche, Volkswagen and Audi that are positioned against each other in competition. The basis for this industrious work, in addition to still comprehensible documentation, were interviews with contemporary witnesses and technicians of those years. Regardless of the technical depth, the content was presented in such a comprehensible way that all enthusiasts and fans could feel addressed. The main author Michael Willmann, former engine researcher at Volkswagen AG, and Eberhard Kittler, head of the AutoMuseum, made sure of this. The book is available in the museum shop for € 14.95 (can also be ordered online, shipping costs € 7 within Germany, € 18 Europe-wide; info@automuseum-volkswagen.de).


Over 100 visitors at the opening of the special exhibition.

29 August 2019. With the large, new special show "Generations changes. The quantum leap to the new water-cooled ones", the AutoMuseum Volkswagen tells the development history of the change from the air-cooled rear engines to the new model generation with water-cooled front engine and drive for the first time in detail. More than 100 invited guests attended the opening ceremony and enjoyed the large number of aggregates that the museum, together with the members of its circle of friends, collected and prepared. In addition, there were Audi and Volkswagen vehicles, which debuted as the New Generation in the early 70s. Michael Willmann, a former engine researcher and developer, gave the keynote speech: Together with his engineering and technical colleagues at the time, he meticulously worked out the development of the individual engines, their special features and the decision-making process up to the release for series production. An extremely exciting story! Afterwards, all those interested in the objects themselves went into detail. And if you'd like to know more: the 176-page book of the same name was published for the exhibition. According to Museum Board Member Eberhard Kittler, thanks go to all those who supported this unique project. And they have continued to promise their help.


Golf friends in the AutoMuseum.

20 to 22 July 2019. Also to the 20th meeting of the Golf 1 IG the enthusiasts met again on the festival mile in Vorsfelde near Wolfsburg. Approximately 150 vehicles were on site, an astonishing number also from other European countries. The AutoMuseum invited visitors throughout the weekend - and at the concluding visit on Sunday at noon, some 25 Golf friends showed up for a two-hour guided tour by Eberhard Kittler. Among the cars parked in front of the museum was an early blue Golf from July 1974, but also a 1983 Golf from Poland with the beautiful number plate PI-RELLI.


Lender visits his Scirocco with friends.

4 July 2019. The lender of the Scirocco VR6 conversion, Thomas Schaffeld, came to the AutoMuseum with German and Polish Scirocco fans on a flying visit. Included in the luggage: A mirror that allows the interested visitor a view from below over the conversion. He proudly showed the car to his friends, who were then allowed to take a look under the hood. The museum pieces of the high-performance Scirocco and the Bimotor Scirocco, which was converted by Oettinger in the 1980s, were also much sought-after. The AutoMuseum team also offered enthusiasts the opportunity to take a look inside the exhibits. The visit to the AutoMuseum was at the same time a meeting point, after an extensive exploration of the exhibition, to move together to Dorfmark near Hanover, where a big meeting for the sports coupé will take place over the weekend.



11th International VW Veteran Meeting in Bad Camberg.

21 to 23 June 2019. 40 years ago Heinz-Willy Lottermann invited to the International Beetle Meeting in Bad Camberg. At that time a manageable number of pretzel and ovali beetles came to Bad Camberg. The meeting quickly developed into a Mecca for the large worldwide beetle fan community. And so about 300 crawling animals, T1 Bullis, Karmann Ghia of the early years and some exotics on VW basis came together for the 11th meeting. In beautiful weather the owners proudly presented their classic treasures to the audience and quickly got into conversation with each other. The AutoMuseum Volkswagen also took part with a 1955 Ovali beetle with a mileage of 750,000 kilometres, as did Volkswagen commercial vehicles with Sophie, one of the oldest T1 busses. The programme was framed by two interesting lectures in the marquee on Saturday. The traditional show took place there in the evening, where organizer Michael Lottermann greeted the participants from various nations with the respective national anthems and thanked his team. The museum employees Susanne Wiersch and Eckberth von Witzleben praised the organizers Biggi, Michael and Markus Lottermann for the successful meeting and presented a small gift. On Sunday the meeting ended with a round trip through the Taunus.


Appen Dixie Swing and jazz band playing at the AutoMuseum.

16 June 2019. Once again, Prague live e. V. invited you to a Sunday matinee at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. Anyone who knows Prague live knows that the association has specialised in offering Czech artists a platform in Wolfsburg. This time the Prague swing and jazz band played Appen Dixie, which is already a well-known name in the Prague swing scene. The five young musicians and their singer quickly captivated their audience with hits from the 20s, 30s and 40s. The band describes itself as "a bit crazy", maybe that's why the spark jumped over very quickly. And two Swing-Dance enthusiastic couples didn't miss the opportunity to accompany the concert with their performances. They were admired and duly celebrated by the approximately 100 guests, too. And so it became another lively morning in the AutoMuseum.


Herbie in a special show at CENTRAL GARAGE Bad Homburg.

1 June 2019. The three from the petrol station, Reifeprüfung, Dick und Doof, Jerry Cotton, The girl Rosemary or Back to the future - all film titles directly related to fascinating cars! The CENTRAL GARAGE in Bad Homburg has now compiled them especially for the special show "Cars in the Film": The Tin Lizzy by Ford, the De Lorean, the Mercedes Cabriolet 190... And of course Herbie, a great beetle, should not be missing here. That's why the AutoMuseum Volkswagen has loaned its original car to its Hessian colleagues. Two Australian Beetle fans have made their way to the small health resort near Frankfurt/M to see the car and have carefully put their hands on it. The exhibition, in which the Hulk Touran from The Fast and the Furiest can be seen as another Volkswagen, can be experienced until the spring of next year. Further information can be found here: www.central-garage.de (Image rights: Fritz Schmidt jr.).


A swing concert with the VW Big Band in the AutoMuseum.

24 May 2019. The Volkswagen Orchestra's Big Band opened their benefit concert at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum with Glenn Miller’s “In the mood” with a sizzling ceremony and immediately captivated the around 200 guests. It was a journey through 80 years of swing music, which - and everyone agreed on this - was a perfect match for the AutoMuseum Volkswagen and its exhibits. Conductor Johannes Rosenberger also liked to highlight one or the other model of the exhibition. Another special highlight was the young Sheeran Adams with her powerful voice, whose singing, especially from Skyfall by Adele, received convincing and thunderous applause. Other well-known classics were "Sing, sing, sing" by Benny Goodman or "Corazon" by Woody Herman. After two and a half hours, the evening, which was initiated by the Hoffmann von Fallersleben Lions Club, ended with a cheerful ending. President Hans Karweik proudly welcomed the audience with the words that it was the first event of the club of this kind and thanked all participants. The great success and the resonance of the audience give hope for a continuation in the coming year. The AutoMuseum would be there again.


American Golf fans visit the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

24 May 2019. The AutoMuseum Volkswagen received a completely surprising visit from American Golf enthusiasts. What was so special about the guests from the USA, Canada and Mexico) They had shipped their original Volkswagen vehicles from America to Germany. Volkswagen of America organised and supported the two-week tour of Germany and Europe with Volkswagen-specific US models such as the Atlas and the Jetta GLI. And they had even more in their luggage. An influencer who lets all interested parties participate in the events of the group on a daily basis. After a successful photo shoot at the museum, the participants made their way via Munich to the GTI Worthersee meeting, where they can expect their own platform for the presentation of their widely travelled VWs.


Two all-wheel drive vehicles of the AutoMuseum at Off-Road Festival.

2 May 2019. The T2 all-wheel drive prototype from 1978 and the LT 4x4, which won the Rallye du Tunisie in 1988 - both exhibits of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen - were in full swing at the "5th Seikel 4Motion Off-road Festival" in Furstenau in the truest sense of the word. The members of the circle of friends of the AutoMuseum and VWNOaktiv, as well as their colleagues from Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge, were happy to lend a hand to the two classic cars themselves in order to make them fit to drive again for the show. The success was theirs: the guests, mainly trade journalists and even Peter Seikel, were very impressed to see the two four-wheel drive vehicles in action again after such a long time. The prototype marked the beginning of all-wheel drive development at Volkswagen in the 1970s: short wheelbase, lightweight and high ground clearance as well as the combination


First "Classic Drive" with Russian journalists on the initiative of Volkswagen Heritage.

22 May 2019. At the invitation of the Volkswagen Heritage Team, the AutoMuseum hosted almost 20 Russian journalists with an affinity to classic cars. The two-day programme consisted of trips to the Wolfsburg area with Volkswagen Classic's rolling automotive treasures, which the group was enthusiastic about. Finally, the second great wish of the participants from Russia was fulfilled: they were given an expert guided tour through the exhibition of the museum and the non-public engine cabinet. Visibly impressed, the journalists took a lot of photos and ended the evening with a barbeque. The teams from VW Heritage and the AutoMuseum are very excited about the media coverage of the visit.



The winning car from 1980 becomes a media star.

20 May 2019. It has always been the dream of Dr. Björn Schulz from the editorial staff of the magazine "Off Road, the 4 x 4 magazine for freedom on wheels" to stage the original winning car of the 1980 Paris Dakar Rally. And so Schulz as a photographer and Heiko Wacker, freelance journalist, arrived in Wolfsburg at the most beautiful sunshine in mid-April. A corresponding photo backdrop with desert-like areas was quickly found. The approximately two-hour shooting was obviously fun for everyone involved, and the detailed shots of original artefacts from the car, which put the reader back in the action almost 40 years ago, are impressive. The polecat Paris Dakar was the first Volkswagen to take part in the tour. His driver team Freddy Kottulinsky and Ralf Löffelmann clinched victory right away with the four-wheel-drive vehicle. The well-made and lively article can be found in the current issue of Off Road 06/19.


Start at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum: Última Edición goes on a world tour.

15 May 2019. "If not now, then when?", comments the Wolfsburg man Günter Kirchhoff on the start of his world trip with his Última Edición, a Beetle from the last 2003 series. Of course, the Beetle fan has chosen the AutoMuseum as the starting point for the tour. And stopovers at several VW locations are planned along the route: From Wolfsburg, the route first heads east towards Poland to the commercial vehicle colleagues in Poznan and then via Kaluga in Russia to Mongolia and China. After the crossing by ship, the American continent will be on the agenda and, of course, the VW plant in Puebla, Mexico, where his Beetle saw the light of day in 2003. Via North America and Africa it finally goes back to Germany. To say goodbye to the three man-strong team, numerous friends and companions gathered, who sent him on the journey waving and with good wishes. They are already looking forward to Kirchhoff's return and his Última and his report about the events and impressions of the world.


The 50th anniversary Beetle is returned to the Volkswagen AutoMuseum.

10 May 2019. For around two decades, the AutoMuseum Volkswagen has owned a "50 Years Anniversary Beetle" in good condition but in some parts in need of restoration. It was exactly the right object for the members of the 1st Beetle Club Wolfsburg e. V., who like to demonstrate at classic car events with the vehicle how to dismantle it into its individual parts, restore them and reassemble them. The Jubi Bug had its first use at the Bremen Classic Motorshow, then the "spectacle" was repeated on the car mile in Wolfsburg and last but not least it could not be missed at the May 1st Beetle Meeting in Hanover. The fact that the Beetle looks like new again today is thanks to a small dedicated team of the Beetle Club, which invested a lot of time and effort in the reconstruction of the car. This was made possible above all by sponsoring the companies Strahlwerk De Luxe (Saalfeld), ClassicConstructions (Saalfeld) and Volkswagen Classicparts in Wolfsburg. The club members and the team of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen thank you for your support. In future, the car will be on display in the Classicparts exhibition pavilion.


Opened: Photo exhibition "Käferland Brazil." by Micha Ende.

8 May 2019. The AutoMuseum has hit the audience's nerve with the photo exhibition "Käferland Brazil." The around 30 guests at the opening - mostly (hobby) photographers themselves - were very impressed by Micha Ende's photographs and his lively presentations. Because of his sympathetic and open-minded nature and his command of Portuguese, it was not difficult to get into conversation with the beetle owners in his adopted country of Brazil. He learned a lot about the life of the beetle owners and that of their Fusca, e.g. from Eula, the only woman on SP 068 who can take a beetle apart and repair it. According to the photographer, this gives her a lot of prestige among the boys in her village. The beetle wrecks at the SP 068, the most important connecting road between Rio and Sao Paulo, were his starting point for the photo series. Ende, himself a beetle lover and owner, is firmly convinced that they will all be resurrected to life, as the portraits presented prove. And so the evening ended with further stories and individual conversations. If you would like to find out more about Micha Ende and his photography, take a look at the website www.micha-ende.com. The show is open to the public until 19 October 2019.


Art show on wanderings.

19 April 2019. The Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation is proud that the "Car Design meets Music" art show by Raughi Ebert, which was first shown in Wolfsburg at the beginning of the year, can now be seen in China's largest automobile museum. The artist's collages, which by the way are Eberts' first major art project, are now on a world tour: since mid-April they have been beautifully staged and framed by original exhibits in the Shanghai Automuseum. They had their premiere there as part of the Shanghai Motor Show. They show silhouettes of striking historical classic cars (Beetle, Golf, Porsche 356, Mercedes Cabriolet...) embedded in scores of great composers of classical music such as Mozart, Bach or Beethoven. Ebert did not miss the opportunity to open the exhibition there just as lively and enthusiastically as in Wolfsburg. As a surprise gift for his Chinese colleagues, he had a certificate of congratulation from the AutoMuseum Volkswagen with him, which he solemnly presented. But there was also a thank you for the German team - a model of the Chinese classic car, the so-called Red Flag - which they were delighted to receive. The employees of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen wish the exhibition in China continued popularity and are already looking forward to the next stages of their journey.



Classic Cars from the AutoMuseum at Techno Classica.

11 April 2019. The AutoMuseum presented itself eight exhibits on the stands of the Autostadt, Volkswagen Classic, Volkswagen Classic Parts and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimer. The two T3 busses LLE and the Oettinger Bus caused a particular stir - also with a view to the fortieth anniversary of the cult bus. There was great amazement at the small SMVW, which developer recently appeared surprisingly in the AutoMuseum, when its bicycle-like research vehicle was pushed out just for loading for the Techno Classica. The G60 Corrado record car, the Alaska Tierra del Fuego Golf and the Kamei Beetle are also currently missing from the Wolfsburg exhibition to be shown at the Oldtimer World Fair. The cutaway models of the T3 and Golf Cabrio were presented together for the first time in Essen.


Successful second round of eyewitnesses.

2 April 2019. For the second time, the Volkswagen AutoMuseum and its circle of friends invited visitors to the "Treasures from the Volkswagen AutoMuseum" series. The stars of the evening were the Auto 2000 prototypes presented in 1981 and their makers. Andreas Bauer, project manager at the time, reported on the demands made on him and the research team (Christian Bartsch, Helmut Krüger, Klaus-Dieter Reinhard, Wolf Rieger, Monika Rinkel, Bernhard Rühmann, Udo Voigt and Dr. Walter Zimdahl) in developing the model. The focus was on active and passive safety - right up to the integrated child seat, which unfortunately has not been patented and is now standard at all automobile manufacturers. The vehicles were built on the modified platform of the Golf of the time, about 4 m long and weighing only 780 kg. Technically interesting was the innovative 3-cylinder diesel engine with automatic swing-gate, which consumed only 3.9 L/100 km - it was installed in one of the two cars. The exterior design goes back to the young Italian Lamberto Angelini, who designed it free from the company's design demands - appeals of which can be found in the Scirocco II and the Passat B3. The interior captivates with comfort features such as heatable armrests and modern instrument clusters with liquid crystal display - this is still the case today. Around 100 guests, including Prof. Carl H. Hahn and the Head of Corporate Communications and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Volkswagen AutoMuseum, Peik von Bestenbostel, listened with interest to the remarks of the former technicians, designers and engine developers.


Presence at the car mile in Wolfsburg.

31 March 2019. The Volkswagen AutoMuseum was represented at the Wolfsburg Automobile Mile with two exhibits on display in the presentation area of the 1st Beetle Club Wolfsburg for the first time: The now quite rare special model Jeans Beetle and a second generation fire engine transporter, which was actively used at the VW plant in Salzgitter until the 1990s. The two exhibits complemented the presence of the member vehicles up to Type 3 and were very admired by the visitors. Beate Harris was available to the interested public for questions about the museum. In good weather, several thousand people of Wolfsburg and around visited the mile.



Jetta II Citystromer of the AutoMuseum presents itself at the big VW-e-Auto event in China.

25 to 26 March 2019. "Battery Electric Vehicle" was the title of a press event in March in China. For the country's journalists, vehicles from Volkswagen's current range of electric cars were available for test drives: e-Golf (from local production), e-Bora and e-Lavida, which were enthusiastically accepted. In addition to information on new technologies, the Chinese specialist public was interested in the Jetta II Citystromer from the Volkswagen AutoMuseum and the T2 electric bus from colleagues in the Autostadt. These two historic models took us back to the beginnings of research and development into e-mobility at Volkswagen, which began in the 1970s. The Jetta II Citystromer was developed in cooperation with ABB (Asea Brown Bovery), who developed the high-performance battery for electric propulsion - a real innovation in the mid-1980s: it was smaller and lighter, but four times as productive as the batteries known to date for electric propulsion. The car has a continuous output of 30 kW, which can be increased to 50 KW for only two minutes. The range was around 100 kilometres, and even then Volkswagen engineers were aiming for a continuous distance of 250 kilometres.



Lecture about the generation 55+ in road traffic with the traffic guard Wolfsburg in the AutoMuseum.

20 March 2019. A small but very interested crowd of the Generation 55+ arrived at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen to follow Klaus Seiffert's presentation. In his lecture, which lasted about one hour, Seiffert refreshed some very important rules of conduct in road traffic - such as respect for children and elderly people in particular. In addition, he used current accident statistics to prove that older people do not drive none worse than young people. This is the result of many years of driving experience, which has taught us to better assess dangerous situations and to react with greater foresight. However, he also pointed out that everyone, regardless of age, should check themselves regularly. The Traffic Guard offers driving training for seniors over 65, for which Seiffert would like to see even more feedback. The audience thanked with a lot of applause and lively questions, e.g. on the exchange of driving licences into the new EU "plastic card" which will be required for all in the future.


Biagino Passo in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

1 February 2019. One of the most mysterious cars in Volkswagen’s history is now on display in the AutoMuseum – the Biagini Passo! This convertible SUV was a forerunner of the T-Cross convertible which is due to start production in Osnabrück soon. The Passo is a cross between a Golf Country and a Golf Cabriolet, enhanced with some external parts – for example from Fiat (headlights, turn signals) and Opel (tail lights). The drive train (1.8 litre with 98 PS) and platform are completely manufactured by Volkswagen. Less than 100 units of this rare car were built by the Italian manufacturer ACM between 1990 and 1993. Only very few have survived the rust. One of them belongs to Berliner Guido Elsing, who has loaned his 1991 gem to the AutoMuseum.


Successful launch of “Desert Winds from Osnabrück” exhibition

28 February 2019. The AutoMuseum Volkswagen opened its doors to the first major exhibition of the year and the sizeable fan base of the Scirocco and Corrado turned up in their droves. This exhibition also features exhibits from private lenders who enjoyed the chance to attend the opening. In an interview with Susanne Wiersch they had plenty to tell the 100 guests about their classics, from the painstaking search for the exact number of Sciwagos manufactured, or the spontaneous purchase of a beaten-up racing Scirocco and the challenge of rebuilding it. The audience showed their appreciation through attentive listening and plenty of applause. Prior to that, Eberhard Kittler gave a talk on the history of Volkswagen’s sporty coupés and explained the concept, which focuses primarily on one-off vehicles and conversions. His talk was very well received, as enthusiasts do not often get the chance to view a Corrado Magnum or the IROC. The evening concluded with guests “talking shop” in a casual atmosphere.


Anniversary Beetle from the AutoMuseum boosts Käferclub Wolfsburg at the Bremen Classic Show.

1 to 3 February 2019. With more exhibitors, more displays and more visitors – the Bremen Classic Motorshow has blossomed into the first must-see event of the year. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimer, Volkswagen Classic Parts and Volkswagen Classic and Audi Tradition occupied the central area in Hall 5. The dismantling and subsequent reconstruction of an anniversary-model Beetle by active members of the 1st Wolfsburg Beetle Club was a well-attended attraction. The vehicle built in 1985 comes from the AutoMuseum’s collection and obviously enjoyed its trip up north. When it returns it will be used to advertise the museum. Other exhibitors had some eye-catching vehicles with them too, including the prototype of the amphibious T3 Schwimmwagen.


Designer of the Scirocco 2 dies.

29 January 2019. Luca Rezzonico, a designer from Italian-speaking Switzerland, was one of the outstanding young Volkswagen designers during the era of Herbert Schäfer. He played a key role in the Auto 2000 and the Scirocco 2, and was also responsible for the 1992 Vario – all idiosyncratic vehicles that have found their place in the AutoMuseum. He was a good friend and advisor to our company – he named the “Engine Cabinet”, which now houses some 200 exhibits from the museum’s comprehensive collection of engine and gearboxes. The ever-popular Luca, a keen musician, was taken too soon aged just 69.


Special exhibition of traffic light figures opens.

24 January 2019. After Volker Höinghaus from the civic museum in Gütersloh and the Bielefeld-based collector Frank Föste had spent around a day and a half installing some 80 traffic lights with the most diverse international figures in red and green in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen, it was time for the special exhibition “It does not get greener than this.” to open. The representatives of the local press were visibly impressed by the variety of light figures, and everyone found their own personal favourite. Dr Franz Jungbluth, director of the civic museum in Gütersloh (stadtmuseum-guetersloh.de), is a true fan of “Äffle und Pferdle”, two cult figures featured on Südwestfunk radio from his childhood. The show ran very successfully in his museum from late 2017 until early 2018, which gave him the idea of sending the traffic light figures on tour. Their first stop is the AutoMuseum Volkswagen, whose visitors can look forward to other cult figures such as Mary Poppins, the Town Musicians of Bremen, the Olsen Gang and the Mainzel Men. It is very rare to see these figures when on the roads as they are not officially allowed.


Employees of the AutoMuseum visit the Heinrich-Büssing-Haus.

23 January 2019. Heinrich Büssing is a household name for anyone with a passing interest in trucks and buses. What is less well known is that Büssing was born in 1843 in Nordsteimke near Wolfsburg. His birthplace, which contains a former smithy, is still there today and has been run by MAN as a museum for several decades (nordsteimke.de/buessing.htm). The employees of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen visited Büssing’s birthplace and received an expert and lively guide to the life and work of the ingenious inventor from Hans-Werner Griesemann. After many years of developing signalling technology for Siemens Technik, Büssing set up his own business at the age of 60 and successfully founded his truck and Bulli smithy. The vehicles were also in demand for use as double-decker buses in England until the First World War. Griesemann, whose grandparents and parents operated the smithy in the Büssinghaus, was delighted to show the team around the rooms and used the exhibits to show how work was carried out there. One particularly striking piece of equipment is the “Kutschwagenradnabenzentriermaschine” (coach wheel hub centring machine) donated by the Graf von der Schulenburg.


Donation from gospel concert handed over.

23 January 2019. The second gospel concert in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen was a great success, thanks to provost Ulrich Lincoln, pastor Thomas Hoffmann and community representative Markus Galonska who gave thoughtful sermons, and of course the rousing songs of the gospel choir from the Protestant church in Vorsfelde. This was also reflected in the public donations. The grand total of €1,171 was officially presented to Rüdiger Schingale from the Caritas Mittagstisch charity in Wolfsburg. Caritas Mittagstisch supports volunteers who cannot afford a hot meal every day. Schingale was delighted with the financial donation. The church representatives and employees of the AutoMuseum thanked the visitors very much for their donations. The AutoMuseum is hoping to host another gospel concert next year.



Full house for traditional New Year’s reception.

15 January 2019. Some 100 friends and supporters of the AutoMuseum accepted the invitation to the traditional New Year’s reception. By way of introduction, Raughi Ebert played impressive sound collages – he also composed the art works of the MobilArt art exhibition “Car Design meets Music”. Member of the Board of Management Eberhard Kittler toasted the visitors with a tiny cup from the boot of a 1: 4 Beetle model, which was donated to the AutoMuseum last year. In addition to the numerous activities of the past year and the planned dates for 2019, special mention was made of the museum’s circle of friends who lend considerable support to the museum. Grateful thanks was also given to the range of cooperation partners – above all Volkswagen Classic, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimer and the Autostadt – and of course the team at the museum, which is dedicated to getting the museum’s activities up and running. Look forward to our company’s next eye-catching performances – for example the Scirocco special exhibition starting in March.