Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon drives 500,000 Miles Around the World
In 1989, Gunther and Christine set out on an 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon and never looked back
by John Clark | 26 July 2012
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“The more you have traveled, the more you realize how little you have seen.” Gunther Holtorf and his late wife Christine, are truly an adventurer’s inspiration. Having been traveling in a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon, which he named Otto, for the past 23 years, Gunther has covered an approximate 500,000 miles (800,000km), the equivalent of 20 times around the world.
It began back in 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, Gunther and Christine set out on what was meant to be an 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes-Benz G Wagon. The German former airline executive has travelled the world in Otto, never having a serious breakdown. The engine always started for him and he was able to fix nearly every problem on his own immediately, a testament to Mercedes’ engines.
His G-Wagon has taken him to several amazing places around the world, his story is inspiring. Watch the video below or visit to photo gallery to see some of the amazing places he’s managed to take his beloved gelandewagen, Otto.