BMW is 100 years old this year, which is cause for celebration if you’re BMW. Other automakers, well, they couldn’t care less, except for Mercedes-Benz. They’ve joined in the celebration by extending a special invitation to BMW employees and proving Germans do have a sense of humor.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is opening its doors for free to any employees of BMW from March 8 through 13 because they love their fellow German automaker so very much. Not only will BMW employees get into the museum for free, they’ll even get special parking privileges.
If they arrive in a BMW, they’ll be able to park in a special, highly-visible spot at the entrance on the hill. Everyone coming to the museum to learn more about Mercedes-Benz will be treated to the sight of BMWs parked out front.
One would imagine there’s some sort of signage to point these BMW employees in the right direction. Perhaps something like, “You guys from that other company that’s not as good as us, please park here for convenient mocking.”
The restaurant inside will also be joining in on the fun. They will be serving a “Swabian specialty citing the double kidney shape of the signature BMW radiator grille” to the first 50 BMW employees after they take their tour of the museum.
The kindness of it all warms your heart, doesn’t it?
Mercedes-Benz continues to dole out the praise with a little summary of BMW’s founding on their website. They note that the company was born in Munich and that it contributes to Germany’s stellar reputation in the automotive industry. It’s all so very sweet.
Read a little further and you’ll also find out that 30 years ahead of BMW in 1886, two guys named Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler were busy inventing the automobile independently of each other. Ten years later, the two teamed up and Daimler-Benz AG came out with Mercedes-Benz.
Ah, so now the compliment becomes a little back-handed as they point out that BMW might make fantastic, wonderful, German cars, but that they did so many years after Mercedes-Benz did it first. And better. Okay, it doesn’t actually say better but read between the lines.
If you happen to be in Germany, you too can visit the Mercedes-Benz museum, but don’t expect the star treatment they’re giving BMW employees. If you happen to be one of those employees, then read the full details of this special invitation to get free parking and free food from your dear friends at Mercedes-Benz.