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Mercedes film honors the first road trip, by the mother of the automobile

Historic drive was 130 years ago this month in 1888

Better keep an eye on your Betty if she is hanging too much around your 2 Seater.

What was the first road trip ever taken? The history of just getting into the car and hitting the road dates way back to the first car ever built, as Bertha Benz — the wife, investor and business partner of inventor Karl Benz — took his Patent-Motorwagen for a long drive in the countryside 130 years ago this month, in August 1888.

This video clip released by Mercedes-Benz USA depicts Bertha's journey. As the Patent-Motorwagen legend goes, Karl Benz finished the third prototype, and let it sit. Bertha, who had the business acumen in the family, realized the Benzes had to get word out that the prototype was a functioning one. So on Aug. 5 she took the vehicle and her two oldest sons Richard and Eugen (she is shown motoring alone in the video), and headed for a proof-of-concept tour that would ultimately take them around Mannheim, Heidelberg, Wiesloch and Pforzheim in southern Germany. She left Karl a note that she and the boys were visiting her mother, but didn't mention how they were getting there. They rolled the Patent-Motorwagen away from the house so as not to wake him, and that night she telegraphed him from Pforzheim, 56 miles away, to tell him what she had done.


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So the official history says Bertha took the first car without Karl’s knowledge.

So we have the invention of the first car,
But Before we have the invention of the first scenic roadtrip,
We have the first car theft.

Forgot to invent the first ignition lock. D’oh!

The fable also says she stopped at pharmacies/apocotheries/drug stores for methanol or ethanol to fill the tanks, but those emporiums would sell more than just that and drugs in those days,,,, there’d be perfumes, soaps, confectionaries,
Yep, nicking into town for some retail therapy.

And then there is the matter of the long journey, well who isn’t bored
with their local shops, and given the chance to go on to the next and the next, more than a days horse ride away,
why not treat yourself?
And the small matter about how the car came back and when? There is much more to this story than we are being told.

Karl’s first mistake was to not build two cars up front . Bertha’s zoom zoomed off in the thing, how is he going to nip into town for some more 5/8 x 2 inch bolts?

The best or nothing? Well she took the best thing going, he was left with nothing. So now we know that little marketing slogan goes
back to day one.
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The best or nothing? Well she took the best thing going, he was left with nothing. So now we know that little marketing slogan goes
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