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MAN on the Road Again: oldtimer show on Marienplatz

Historic trucks and buses set off from Munich to tour Bavaria

(PresseBox) (München, ) On Friday, 6 June, a tour of a very special kind will be starting from Munich's "Marienplatz". To mark its 250th anniversary, MAN has mobilised more than thirty historic trucks, buses and traction engines to roll through Bavaria until Sunday, 8 June. The most attractive commercial vehicles of an entire century will be making stops in Munich, Augsburg and Nuremberg city centres. A steam traction engine dating from 1918 and the first diesel truck (1923) will be on view in Munich between 11.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m., as well as historic fire-fighting vehicles, the legendary

"Pausbacke" (chubby cheeks) from the sixties and even prototypes that have never gone into production. "At the same time, the oldtimer tour is a birthday celebration for our major sites in Bavaria and we shall be extending a warm welcome to our employees and all oldie fans, "says Håkan Samuelsson, Executive Board Chairman of the MAN Group.

MAN's birthday exhibition is being sponsored by Munich's Lord Mayor, Christian Ude. Together with Anton Weinmann, head of MAN Commercial Vehicles, he will officially open the show at 1 p.m.

The Bavarian capital of Munich has been the headquarters of MAN Aktiengesellschaft and also the MAN Group's largest manufacturing location since 1986. A total of more than 7,500 people are employed at the commercial vehicle plant in München-Allach. This is where the oldtimer tour, "MAN on the Road Again" will start on 6 June. From 11 o'clock onwards, the historic vehicles will be presented to the public on Marienplatz, in front of the town hall. There will be a stage with live music by the cover band "Fresh & Cool" and radio presenter Ulf Pohlmeier will be interviewing both owners of oldtimers and celebrities.

In a modern show truck housing the "Mobile MAN Museum", 250 years of MAN history will be presented over an area of sixty square metres in the form of exhibits and original documents. Real oldtimer fans can look forward to a city tour in an MAN postbus dating from 1953 or an MAN E3000 (1940). At 7 p.m., the oldtimer caravan will move off along the main B2 road, heading via Germering, Puchheim, Fürstenfeldbruck and Mering for its next destination, the Diesel town of Augsburg.

In Augsburg, headquarters of the heavy engine manufacturer MAN Diesel, these MAN vehicles will be on show on the "Rathausplatz" on Saturday, 7 June from 11 a.m. onwards. Historic buses will offer visitors a shuttle service between the town hall and the MAN Museum, where they can take a look at the large Rudolf Diesel Exhibition in honour of the 150th anniversary of the inventor of the diesel engine. In the afternoon, the oldtimers will set off for Nuremberg about 3 p.m., taking the B2 past Donauwörth, Weissenburg and Roth, then through Schwabach and Wolkersdorf.

The last stop for this unusual vehicle caravan will be the "Hauptmarkt" in Nuremberg on Sunday, 8 June. At 1 p.m., Bavaria's Minister President, Dr. Günther Beckstein, will open the event together with Lord Mayor Dr. Ulrich Maly. At the same time, the oldtimer show will be an official family day for the 4,450 employees at MAN's engine works in Nuremberg.

Along with their relatives, they are invited to enjoy a Sunday outing to the Hauptmarkt and the adjoining squares. To end the oldtimer parade, an open-air concert featuring the well-known country band "Texas Lightning"

will begin around 5.30 p.m. Also on stage will be Olli Dietrich, one of Germany's best-known comedians. Entry to the Hauptmarkt is free for all visitors.

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