These car events we bloggers are invited to every now and then are not only initiated by the car industry or our nagging alone. They also happen out of the dialogue we are in with the car industry. Yes, yes, I am not exactly what you call a car- or automotive blogger, but as you will have gathered by now, I love cars and I am extending my field of photography as good as I can. Also I am working with a number of car blogs on different levels to produce great content.
Anyway, out of one of these dialogues an event was born… “A night at the Museum”. Obviously not the Movie, but very well named, we were invited to visit the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany and spend the night there. What a fantastic idea! A bunch of crazy bloggers, maybe some press… and an empty automotive museum filled with extremely rare and very expensive cars, what could go wrong about that?!
Everything came together quite quickly and the date was set and I found myself on the autobahn towards the south of Germany. I drove a day earlier and visited my buddy Thomas Reimann, who you might remember from numerous posts, to hang out a little and talk about our plans about the upcoming Photokina in mid September. We have a lot of stuff coming your way from Photokina, so look forward to that for sure!
On Saturday I left for Stuttgart then and arrived at the Mercedes Benz Museum in the most beautiful weather. It was my second time in Stuttgart and the first time at the Museum. Man I have missed something really amazing here. First of all its an impressive and modern looking building that houses a great collection of cars from the very beginning of cars and car culture. Secondly there is a lot beneath the surface that unfolds the more you take a look at it and spend time there.
I would love to a bigger writeup about the fantastic architecture of the museum, but not now. It wouldn’t do it justice. So much detail and thought have gone into it I would love to bring you all of it in detail, and maybe also with more photos and videos.
Talking about video, I concentrated more on video this weekend, though today I will only show you a bit of the “few” photos I shot. Reason being that I spent a long time shooting video throughout the night and video takes for sure more time, but lets not get ahead of ourselves.
As always with Mercedes Benz the organisation of the event was fantastic. Before the pure blogger event there was an outdoor lounge with some BBQ and drinks and as a highlight an openair cinema screening. After that though, the none bloggers went their ways and our special program started. We got a little intro by the security guys, were shown our top floor lounge area, were food and drinks were provided throughout the night. After that we had the fantastic pleasure to get a private tour through the museum and get to know the complete Mercedes Benz history. By the time the tour started it was already 11PM at night and we were finished around 12:45AM. That not being very cool already a very special surprise awaited us outside. We got to ride the replica of the Patent Motorwagen. What a fantastic idea and what a sight. Absolutely great.
After that it got even crazier if you ask me. They let us loose in the museum… at night… and by loose I mean loose. No security really watching us, of course people of the museum where there, but I certainly didn’t see anyone lurking around or so. To be honest I wouldn’t have thought and mind if there was more security, I mean there are very rare and expensive cars in there and you have a bunch of internet people running around with their tripods and cameras and so on.
We were even allowed to sleep in certain cars and busses, imagine that. Though very tempting, I didn’t get any sleep though. In fact I was running out of time quite quickly. At roughly 2:15AM I started my tour of the museum to shoot video and photos. My plan was to to shoot video first, going through all the floors using my DIY slider then go a second round and shoot photos. I for sure didn’t plan well. It took me so much more time to shoot the video that I finished quite rushed and skipping a few parts around 6AM in the morning as the sun came up and the cleaning crew started their shift. Just after that I went for a few selected cars. So as I said in the beginning the photos are quite limited, but hopefully still be to your liking. The video will take a little bit of time, but hopefully not too long.
Enjoy these wonderful beauties and let me know what you think, more photos and the video will be up soon! Have you been to the Mercedes Benz Museum yet? If not this is one of the MUST VISIT places in southern Germany. Car person or not.
For Posts from some of the other guys check these out: all in german, but you can certainly enjoy the photos.
Jens Stratmanns Post auf rad-ab.com.
Bjoern Habeggers Post auf mein-auto-blog.de.
Fabian Meßner auf Autophorie.
Markus Jordan vom Mercedes Benz Passion Blog.
and last but not least the photos by the guys of fünfkommasechs.de.
probably forgot someone, sorry ’bout that.