What is new at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum? New exhibits, the latest developments, celebrity visitors – we keep you up to date.
1/2 April 2017. As is traditional on the first weekend in April, the city centre of Braunschweig transformed into a large automobile show space – with several dozen automotive classics on display. Among them were several Volkswagen models – including a beautiful Mexico Beetle Sunny Bug special series of 1984, which advertised for the AutoMuseum Volkswagen Foundation in neighbouring Wolfsburg. The vehicle belongs to Jürgen Kolle’s collection, who runs the Braunschweig historic vehicles collection (www.historische-fahrzeuge-bs.de).
31 March to 2 April 2017. For the third time, the AutoMuseum Volkswagen is displaying one of its exhibits at the Fashion Center at the info centre at Wolfsburg Fashion Outlet. This time it is an Rabbit from 1976 which was built on the factory plant in Wolfsburg. The production of the Rabbit, the American version of the Golf, started in Westmoreland/Penns. in 1977. In addition there was a small special exhibition on the outdoor plant of the Outlet Center on 1 and 2 April. The AutoMuseum showed the so called Rheila Golf GTI, the winner of the German Rallye championship in 1981 and the Polo G40.
29 March 2017. AutoMuseum Volkswagen yesterday launched its new “Legends of Le Mans” art exhibition with an opening reception. The audience was visibly impressed by the works of artist Bernd Luz, offering a cross section through the history of the 24-hour race. Luz, who has a penchant for vintage racing, explained to the guests how he has skilfully portrayed his main protagonists, racing legends on four wheels, in the style of abstract PopArt. Using the example of his two favourites whose background stories he retold, Luz clearly demonstrated that very detailed research on the racing events is behind the pictures as well as his mastery of the painting technique. The whole collection of images as a Le Mans series is unique and can only be seen in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. More information on the artist at www.berndluz.de
20 March 2017. Keith Seume’s book “VW Beetle” is now published in German as “VW Käfer”. A Beetle lover and owner of several of the cult bugs, the author is very familiar with the history of the iconic Volkswagen, with over 21 million sales worldwide. In particular, Seume has taken on the design changes that the beetle underwent during its construction period, and illustrates them with about 400 studio-recorded pictures of individual models and details. Some of the models depicted are part of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen collection. Furthermore, the book deals with the country-specific versions of the bestseller and takes a look at its cultural influences within society. Whether as a beginning of a book collection about Beetles or to add to an existing one, the book is a must for any Beetle fan and is available in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen shop for €39.90 – also online (excl. shipping costs). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or orders.
16 March 2017. Around 70 invited guests enjoyed the first feeling of beautiful weather this year at the Volkswagen Auto Museum. This was made possible by the 20 beautiful yet very diverse convertibles from five double decades of carmaking, which are being presented by the auto museum in its new special exhibition: "Open-air seduction. Cabriolet milestones." At the opening of the exhibit, Eberhard Kittler, Chairman of the foundation "Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen", pointed out noteworthy milestones in the history of cabriolet development. He thanked those who lent their cars to the exhibit, especially Volkswagen Classic and PS. Speicher in Einbeck, who made major contributions to the variety of the special show. Klaus-Dieter Ulrich – a long-time employee of Karmann who now manages the Volkswagen collection in Osnabrück – shared some of his knowledge of Karmann innovations in vehicle and convertible manufacturing. Lothar Meyer-Mertel, Managing Director of PS. Speicher, explained the exhibition concept of his very prominent museum, and Georg Ebeling, a private owner with a car in the exhibition, revealed how he came to acquire his Jaguar XK 140. Offering a glimpse into the future of convertible driving was Volkswagen designer Oliver Stefani who discussed the T-Cross Breeze, a trendy SUC (Sport Utility Cabriolet) concept car.
2 to 5 March 2017. Four decades ago - in March 1977 - the notchback variant of the Polo Mk I arrived on the market. The AutoMuseum has in its collection a car that is probably the oldest existing Derby, which has been awakened from a long ‘Sleeping Beauty’ kind of sleep. The red two-door convertible is a pilot series vehicle and was built in the summer of 1976 as the 29th notchback offshoot ever. Many of its details still didn't match those of the production version. Now the car, which has been driven just a few kilometres, is being shown in the Volkswagen Classic Parts exhibition area at the Retro Classics show in Stuttgart, one of the largest vintage car shows in Europe, advertising for the Volkswagen Auto Museum there
2 March 2017. An attraction of the special exhibition "Speed - 100 years of land speed records" was the 1980 ARVW speed champion of the Auto Museum, which was on loan to the exhibition in the Bavarian town of Anger near Bad Reichenhall. The model and toy museum, which opened in mid-2015, contains the collection of Hans-Peter Porsche, which includes true-to-scale models as well as a dozen automobiles that are worth seeing. As part of the special exhibition, valuable miniatures are also being presented, including the Blitzen-Benz, Fiat Mestopheles, Opel RAK-II and The Blue Flame. They come from Rainer Deutenbach, who optimised the ARVW in a wind tunnel in 1979/80. The special exhibition runs until 20 August 2017. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
3 February 2017. One of the total of 13 rarities from the special show "The Karmann Treasure Chest" at the Bremen Classic Motorshow came from the AutoMuseum – the well preserved red VW Type 3 Convertible from 1961. The sibling model is part of the Volkswagen collection in Osnabrück and is currently undergoing restoration. Other stands were also showing rare Karmann exhibits. There has probably never been such a comprehensive exhibition focusing on Karmann before. However, a completely different vehicle was concealed in the VIP area closed to the public. This was the location for a Borgward Isabella in police livery, which was originally due to appear in the special exhibition by the AutoMuseum entitled “Follow me! German police vehicles in action”, which has been extended until 29 February. Reasons of logistics prevent this from happening – which is why we are showing it here, in picture form at least.
29 January 2017. For the first time ever, the AutoMuseum Volkswagen was host to a road safety training day for children. The young participants aged between four and ten were particularly inspired by the ADACUS learning program from the ADAC. With a great deal of patience and a lot of fun, Presenter Melanie Persson and her glove puppet companion, ADACUS the raven, explained and practised how to behave correctly when using a zebra crossing or when crossing at traffic lights. And indeed neither of them failed to spot the tiniest mistake from their “fellow players”. Afterwards, the children had an opportunity to practice their knowledge in a separately laid out circuit which included the traffic signs that are also most important for children. On hand for the purpose were four highly coveted Bobby Cars. Colouring sheets and the TipToi game on road safety “Sicher im Straßenverkehr” provided additional practice exercises. Special thanks for their support go to the ADAC and Melanie Persson, Volkswagen Accessories, the local road safety organisation Verkehrswacht Wolfsburg as well as to Ravensburger and the publisher Westermann for sponsoring the games.
18 January 2017. In addition to the traditional review of 2016 and a look ahead to the AutoMuseum's forthcoming activities for 2017, this year's New Year's Reception offered a very special highlight: Ernest Jovic had travelled all the way from Sarajevo especially to hand over his late father's TAS Golf as a gift to the AutoMuseum. Museum Chairman Eberhard Kittler was delighted by the new addition, which is indeed a great rarity in Germany, and promptly presented the accompanying original invoice for 246,071 dinars to the attendant guests. In fact, Jovic's father actually paid a sum of 12,654.03 deutschmarks for the car in 1982 so that he could take it from the forecourt straight away. The audience, with invited guests including Professor Hahn, former Management Board Chairman of Volkswagen AG and Wendelin Göbel, Secretary General of the current Management Board, were all similarly impressed. To conclude the evening, Foundation Chairman Eberhard Kittler introduced his team of employees.
10 January 2017. The AutoMuseum Volkswagen launched its new year of shows with the opening of the photography exhibition “Seeing behind the eyes” by Kai Grüber. The artist explained to the invited guests how he had arrived at his theme of abstract photography with the aid of the blurring technique. The key question of “How can I bring what I have in my head onto a picture" was his guiding idea, as was the idea of leaving viewers enough scope for their own world of thoughts by means of a personal memory. The 25 pictures from Germany and China were not only well received by the guests in attendance on the evening. In a preliminary interview, the artist revealed that some of the motifs now on show in the AutoMuseum provided the background on the video wall at the premier by star violinist Nigel Kennedy in Berlin at the end of last year, which was part of the DRIVE programme of concerts. Those wishing to find out more about the photographer and his pictures are recommended to take a look at the website www.seilenz.de
5 January 2017. An ecumenical gospel evening was held in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen for the first time in December 2016 under the slogan "Change down a gear". The response was overwhelming, the guests were delighted by the concert which was peppered with short prayers, as well as by the atmosphere in the AutoMuseum. This was apparent not only from the amount of applause and community singing, but also in the generous donations made. The proceeds of €513.50 have now been handed over to Rüdiger Schingale at Caritas Mittagstisch meal provision service in Wolfsburg. Rev. Thomas Hoffmann and provost Ulrich Lincoln were – as impressed as everyone else – by the amount collected: Thank you for that. Choirmaster Paul Gerhard Blüthner encouraged everyone to think about a follow-up and the AutoMuseum team is happy to oblige!
5 January 2017. A quarter of a century ago or more precisely, on 1 January 1992, the former Volkswagen Museum (founded 26 April 1985) became a charitable foundation. To mark this occasion, the local Chamber of Commerce in Lüneburg-Wolfsburg presented a certificate that will be on display in the AutoMuseum in future. The first chairman of the board of the foundation was Dr Bernd Wiersch, followed by Horst Beilharz, Dirk-Michael Conradt and Eberhard Kittler.