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About Quiz # 334: Dernburg-Wagen


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What we didn't know is that our quiz car recently featured in an advert by Mercedes about the virtues of 4wd. Still our mailbox wasn't exactly flooded with correct answers. But those that did recognize the 'Dernburg-Wagen' (to use its nickname), had all our four questions correctly answered: 1. Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft; 2. Paul Daimler; 3. all-wheel-drive and all-wheel-steering; 4. Dernburg-Wagen. After weeding through all the answers we were left with five answers (from Pug Vogler, Kaspars Dortãns, Neil Mooney, Hugh Stiles and Craig Gillingham) that had all the technical details correct. So we had to look at a detail that is not so commonly known. This we found in the answer of Neil Mooney who told us that apart from four-wheel-drive and four-wheel-steering the Dernburg-Wagen was also equipped with a telephone! Congratulations, Neil with your first win! See 'Read More' for his answer.
(photos of 1/4 scale model, courtesy Daimler AG)


The winning answer by : Built by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, (Berlin-Marienfelde), 1907. Paul Daimler, son of Daimler's founder, designed this 3.6 ton (fully loaded), 4.90 meters long & 2.70 meters tall truck featuring 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering, a gearbox housing enclosed by a strong steel guard between the frame cross-members, and protective awnings that extend below the roof. Before being shipped to Africa, it completed a 1677-kilometer trial in Germany. Nicknamed "Dernburg-Wagen", after Secretary of State / Colonial Office (Africa) Bernhard Dernburg. When carrying Dernburg, it took along a field telephone which tapped into telegraph wires along the way.

Other correct answers from:

Pug Vogler
Kaspars Dortāns
Hugh Stiles
Craig Gillingham
Heribert Höfner
Ariejan Bos
Michael Hortig
Jon Winding-Sørensen

And jury members:

Fried Stol
Lars-Göran Lindgren

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Jury Member Location Information

Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK