IMOTSKI, Croatia – A town in southern Croatia whose residents are obsessed with Mercedes-Benz cars plans to assemble a monument to the German car that symbolizes success for its rural inhabitants.
About half of the 16,000 registered cars in Imotski, which is shut to the border with Bosnia, are Mercedes cars, in accordance to Ivan Topic Nota, the precept promoter of the plan to assemble the Mercedes monument.
“I can assure you there are also many kept in the garages. I own 13 Mercedes old-timers (vintages) and four of them are registered for driving,” he acknowledged at a ceremony on Sunday to lay the inspiration stone for the monument.
He added that the mission moreover aimed to make it into the Guinness World Records by gathering in all probability probably the most Mercedes-Benz cars in a single spot in September.
In the 1960s and 1970s, many people from the agricultural Imotski area went to work in West Germany to help their households once more home. When they bought right here for a go to or decided to switch once more, driving a Mercedes-Benz was seen as a sign of success.
“Those people earned a special kind of respect in the local community. A love story between the locals and Mercedes emerged, so don’t they deserve a monument as well?” Topic acknowledged.
The monument in Imotski might be manufactured from stone and may symbolize Mercedes 115, a popular model amongst locals which was produced between 1968 and 1976. The worth of the monument is estimated at 450,000 kuna ($67,633.58).
“We’ve already collected half of that from donations, even the town authorities and our mayor were generous. In September we plan to set a Guinness world record by organizing a gathering of 2,000 Mercedes cars on one spot. It will also bring some funds,” Topic acknowledged.