Automobile Summer takes off
Enlarge image Rizzi's World (© dpa) It’s one of the highlights in this year’s celebrations for the anniversary of the car: the Automobile Summer in Baden-Wurttemberg. 125 years after the ingenious Swabian Carl Benz put the world’s first automobile on the road under the patent number 37435, this federal state is celebrating the invention of the car for 125 days and with more than 300 events, starting on May 7. Baden-Wurttemberg is not only the birthplace of the car; it has also developed into an important location for the automobile industry, both in national and international terms. The famous manufacturers Daimler and Porsche, as well as one of the leading car parts suppliers, Bosch, are based in and around Stuttgart.
The Automobile Summer in Baden-Wurttemberg is kicking off on May 7 and 8 in Stuttgart. At the Palace Square, several car manufacturers are taking part in an anniversary parade and offering glimpses of the future of cars with an innovation exhibition. On Lake Constance the flagship event “Mobile Lake Constance” focuses on mobility on the water, on land and in the air. In Karlsruhe the exhibition “Car Culture & Media Mobility” opens on June 18 at the ZKM Media Museum showing the technological developments in mobility. Pforzheim is staging a huge city festival entitled “Motorissimo”. It is partly dedicated to Bertha Benz, who drove her husband Carl’s patent motor car on the first long-distance journey of 100 kilometres from Mannheim to Pforzheim in 1888. And in the Black Forest holiday region the “Future Mobility” project demonstrates how eco-friendly mobility can be combined with leisure travel.
The climax of the fascinating Automobile Summer is also its conclusion. In Mannheim, beneath the city’s famous landmark, the Water Tower, the world premiere of a special concert will be staged on September 10. The symphony, named “autosymphonic”, will include contributions by some 80 motor cars. Starters, doors, horns, indicators: the sounds of the cars will then combine with the music of the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, the band “Söhne Mannheims” and accompanying video sequences and light effects to produce a unique celebration experience.