When mentioning the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, many car enthusiasts will first think of 77-year-old Gunther Holtorf – who made the world record with an unprecedented global adventure on his 1988 300GD. Recently, Gunther Holtorf and his Mercedes-Benz 300 GD, which his wife Christine affectionately christened 'Otto', reached the Brandenburg gate, Berlin, finishing the 26-year trip through 215 countries and a total distance of 890.000km.
This adventure showed not only the strong will of Gunther Holtorf, but also the amazing durability as well as the off-road ability of the G-Class. After the 890.000km journey, the Mercedes-Benz 300GD 1988 still runs with the original engine without any major technical failure. "In 1988, when I bought the car, I was a bit more skeptical about the promise made by Mercedes-Benz, namely ‘Where there's a G, there's a way’. After all, I'd already seen something of the world beforehand and had a rough idea of what the vehicle would have to endure on this kind of world tour", stresses the former pilot and aerospace manager.
This “ROUND-THE-WORLD RECORD TOUR” has inspired Mercedes-Benz Driving Events to organize further advantageous trips. Among of them is the great Mercedes-Benz Offroad world tour, which is divided into 5 stages, one staking place every year from 2014 to 2018.
The first stage from Germany to Vietnam is a harsh test for the Mercedes-Benz Offroad team and the G-Class. Beside the 18.000 km route, the changeable terrains, weather and altitude are tough challenges. At some places like Tibet, the altitude is over 5,000m.