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75-Year-Old Woman To Drive Around World In 91-Year-Old Car

German crooner Udo Jürgens once sang “Mit 66 Jahren da fängt das Leben an”, which translates to “Life starts at 66″. We think Heidi Hetzer would beg to differ. This lovely lady is not only a local Berliner hero but also quite the serious competitor when it comes to automotive racing and all this at the age of 75. She is now planning to follow in the tire tracks of Clärenore Stinnes, who was the first woman AND the first person to drive around the world. If you are thinking that Heidi is planning her 2014 tour de force around the world in a modern car with all the luxurious amenities (GPS and seat heaters would come in handy) you are very much mistaken. Her vehicle of choice for this quest is a 1921 Hispano-Suiza. Now, how badly do we all want to be her co-pilot? What is left to say but good luck Heidi and Bon Voyage!

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The Fastest Woman In Berlin.


Heidi Hetzer is a serious driver, she always has been.

An accomplished businesswoman and local German celebrity, Hetzer has no intention of taking the easy road. She never has.

The 75-year-old racer plans on circumnavigating the globe along the same route taken by the first person ever to drive a car around the world: Clärenore Stinnes.

Stinnes did it in 1928 and Hetzer plans to one up the original driver by using her 91-year-old Hispano-Suiza roadster.

Of course, Hetzer will have no problems if the Hispano-Suiza breaks down. One of her first jobs in the '50s was as a mechanic at her father's Opel dealership. When her father died in the 1960s, Hetzer took over the dealership and then built it into one of the largest dealerships in Berlin.

In between fixing and selling cars, Hetzer also raced them. She has collected more than 150 prizes from numerous races spanning more than 50 years, the most recent in 2007 in a classic car rally, according to Wikipedia.

The legendary Berlin native will begin her newest journey in 2014.

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