Hans-Jürgen Wischhof was passionately committed to the versatility of the Unimog implement carrier.
This year the Unimog celebrates its 75th anniversary. To the present day innumerable people have contributed to its story – developing and marketing it, and of course in its operation. To take a look back at the tradition and history of this all-rounder from Mercedes-Benz, we meet some of the people who have accompanied the truck along its path, to get insights into the story behind the success of the Unimog.
We start with Hans-Jürgen Wischhof. "Mr Unimog", as former colleagues and partners still like to call him. From 1990 to 2003 he was Head of the then newly created Unimog business unit. However he discovered his passion for the "Universal-Motor-Gerät" much earlier than that. What is he most proud of? "Of my contribution to the launch of the new Unimog implement carrier starting in 2000," he says. "As a result, today’s users across the world can profit even more from the versatility of the Unimog." His work for the Unimog Museum is also an indication of how he would like to pass on his own enthusiasm for the Unimog to others.
We meet him at the Unimog Museum at Gaggenau, which traces his history almost as much as that of the Unimog. The latter is now 75 years old while Hans-Jürgen Wischhof is 82. The two share many memories.
As soon as the introductions are over, Hans-Jürgen Wischhof begins reminiscing, "With regard to the Unimog we always said it needs four big wheels for driving on fields and the road." During his eventful life, he has been all over the world. Now, due to his age, his steps are somewhat shorter. But he still walks resolutely through the museum halls.
Because just like an Unimog in operation, Hans-Jürgen Wischhof almost never stops. Of course his treasured exhibits in the showroom have to do just that. But for Hans-Jürgen Wischhof it is important to mention that many of the historic Unimog trucks are still fully functional. He has spent many years working hard together with the museum team to achieve that.