a retired Daimler-Mercedes world wide sales chief.
Dirk and his wife Gretel live in Bavaria and have an extreme passion for vintage
automobiles along with world travel. They were taken with the help
and assistance offered them from the people in the Bridgeport /
Clarksburg area of West Virginia in 2003. Dirk and Gretel prefer
the back roads and are quite impressed with West Virginia's U.S.
Route 50, according to Dirk, it is reminiscent of European roads
but is wider and is very well maintained.
In America, as in other area's they travel, they
meeting people off of the beaten path. Dirk and Gretel do not
mind the occasional
car break down, as with vintage
cars you have
to expect that, but not to the extent of their
2006 adventure, nevertheless, he
reminds me it is how they met us.
Dirk's father, Wolf-Dieter Bensinger developed the engines for the
car the 300SL, sometimes referred to as
Mercedes Gull Wing and the 300 model touring
cars, often referred to as
after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of
the Federal Republic of Germany after World War 2.
Jorg Bensinger, was the engineer that developed
Valerie, Yurgen, Gretel, Father Manfred, and Dirk
in San Marino
Dirk and couple with their 1939 Opel
Dirk, Gretel, Valerie and with their 1963 Corvairr.
Weston, West Virginia
Dirk and Valerie with the 1949 Mercedes Cabriolet.
1959 Imperial, Bavaria
Gretel with their Mercedes 1960 coupe, Hungary.
Gretel and couple with their 1960