German businesswoman who toured world in vintage car dies aged 81

Heidi Hetzer, a Berlin businesswoman whose late-in-life decision to drive around the world in an American vintage car won her many fans back home in Germany, has died at the age of 81.

Ms Hetzer’s family said she died at her home in the German capital over the weekend with the cause of death unclear.

Heidi Hetzer starts her world tour (Michael Hanschke/AP)

A trained mechanic who once lost a finger repairing an engine, Ms Hetzer took over the family car business in 1969, turning it into one of Berlin’s biggest.

Having taking part in various car rallies for decades and driven from Germany to China in 2007, Ms Hetzer decided to take her 1930s Hudson Greater Eight on a world tour in 2014.

View this post on Instagram

Das ist die Kleinste, die Mykerinos Pyramide

A post shared by Heidi Hetzer (@heidihetzer) on

Ms Hetzer, who documented her journey on Instagram, received a hero’s welcome on her return to Berlin in 2017.

- Press Association

More on this topic

Government warned not to 'repeat the mistakes of the past' on big investment projects

David Blaine's Dublin show moved to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on new date

Bus Éireann passenger numbers at 10 year high, carrying more than 83 million in 2018

Pelargonium power: How to make the most of these summer favourites

More in this Section

Here are the most borrowed books from Irish libraries in 2018

US billionaire stuns students by agreeing to pay off all loans

Incredible time-lapse video shows Cork's newest bridge being installed

Eurovision 2019: How a night of banter and bondage played out on Twitter


Lifestyle

What is queerbaiting and why has Calvin Klein been accused of it?

Pelargonium power: How to make the most of these summer favourites

Life on Earth is not as plentiful and may soon be extinct

Aonghus the white-tailed sea eagle has fans intrigued

More From The Irish Examiner