Los Angeles Times

Businesswo­man drove around world

- By Los Angeles Times staff

Heidi Hetzer, the German businesswo­man whose late-in-life decision to drive around the world in an American vintage car won her fans around the globe, has died at her home in Berlin.

Hetzer’s family said Tuesday she died over the weekend; the cause of death is unclear, the Associated

Press reported. She was 81.

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

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

Hetzer, who documented her journey on Instagram, received a hero’s welcome at the Brandenbur­g Gate when she returned to Berlin in 2017.

Her trip took her through Eastern Europe, across China and then to Australia.

After reaching New Zealand, she and her car were transferre­d to the Americas.

She drove across Canada and headed south through the United States, Mexico and Central and South America. She then sailed to Africa and finally back home.

 ?? Britta Pedersen AP ?? HEIDI HETZER won fans worldwide for her 3-year tour in a 1930s car.
Britta Pedersen AP HEIDI HETZER won fans worldwide for her 3-year tour in a 1930s car.

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