The classic car parade and the motorcycle meeting on INTERSCHUTZ Saturday – this demonstration should not only be rare in Hanover. On the 25th June 2022, around 50 fire trucks will drive through Hanover in a long corso.
Hanover. The classic car parade and the motorcycle meeting on INTERSCHUTZ Saturday – this demonstration should not only be rare in Hanover. On the 25th June 2022, around 50 fire trucks will drive through Hanover in a long corso. The special thing: Together they should have around 2,000 years or more on their back. Because the column, which makes its way from INTERSCHUTZ to Hanover’s city center in the morning and back to the exhibition center after a breather in front of the New Town Hall, is the big meeting of historic fire engines as part of the 29th. German Fire Brigade Day. But not only vehicles from yesterday and the day before yesterday are on the road: The oldies meet together with the motorcycle-driving firefighters “Red Knights Motorcycle Club”: Tradition meets modernity.
“Rearly at the opening of the last INTERSCHUTZ day, the participating vehicles will be available for visitors to visit at the exhibition center,” promises Thomas Ruß from the State Fire Brigade Association of Lower Saxony, who organizes the event as project manager for the German Fire Brigade Association (DFV). “In the late morning, the start towards the city center is planned.”
Both at INTERSCHUTZ and at the planned two-hour stop in front of the town hall, there is the opportunity to conduct “petrol talks” with the drivers of the fire engines and motorcycles – as experts like to call their specialist discussions about the different horsepower models.
One thing is already certain: “The viewers will get their money’s worth,” promises the organizer and gives a few examples. Among the “oldies” is, among other things, a 60-year-old Mercedes Benz 180 C, which was once available to the Hanover fire chief until August 1969 as an ELW 1 emergency control car. Today, the pretty vehicle is privately owned in West Germany.
A turntable ladder, DL 25, by Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz also bears witness to how much love and care, but also historical understanding of its owners the vehicles are maintained. This also applies to a Hanomag LF 88 from 1954. Also included is a historic Ford Transit small fire engine of the Wedemark fire brigade from 1963, which paid a friendly visit to the partner fire brigade in Roye, France, three years ago and mastered 1,400 kilometers.
The owner of a nearly 60-year-old tank fire engine TLF 16 from Bavaria is also not worried about the longer journey to Hanover. He even wants to sit at the wheel in lederhosen. Other participants have announced that they will give the event additional flair in historical costumes.
“Just like the oldies, the motorcycles of the Red Knights will also find their fans,” Thomas Ruß is sure. The Red Knights are the largest fire brigade motorcycle club in the world. The association was founded in 1982 in Boylston (Massachusetts) in the USA. As he announces on his website, there are now about 480 individual associations worldwide – so-called chapters – with more than 10,000 members. In Germany, 31 chapters with about 500 members are currently active.