The Megesheim-based rally-practised BAVARIAN PATHFINDERS will start on 9 September in Munich with two vehicles and four participants (Peter Schöpf, Birgit Schöpf, Jürgen Hirschbeck and Dirk Brenn) heading for Amsterdam. In front of them lie 5,000 kilometres. The route starts in Germany, passing through Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Monaco, Andorra, Spain and Belgium to the Netherlands. 10 countries in 12 days.

Apart from the sporting challenge, the rally also has a good cause. The Megesheim participants will be supporting the Christian children’s and youth organisation “The Ark e. V.“ with a donation of € 500.

To make sure that the rally drivers do not “dry out” in the evening after a long day in the car and become homesick, Johannes Dietrich, Head of Bottling at the Oettinger Brewery, and himself a native of Megesheim, took personal responsibility for the supply of beverages.

“Charging their glasses” before the start:
from l to r Peter Schöpf, Peter Quecke, Jürgen Hirschbeck and Johann Dietrich (Oettinger Brewery)
Photo: Markus Schwamm

Producing around 930 million litres, the Oettinger Group is one of Germany’s largest brewing companies. Every year it bottles around 2 billion bottles and cans with beer, beer-mix drinks and soft drinks. The family-owned company, which has been based in the Bavarian town of Oettingen since 1731, now has a workforce of 1,050. Apart from end-to-end quality control, state-of-the-art production facilities at four different sites, two logistics centres and company-wide environmental awareness, the company also endeavours to provide attractive pricing – made possible by efficient direct sales. Oettinger products are sold across the globe. The entire range of beer has also carried the official “GMO-FREE” seal since March 2013 – in the spring of 2015, the “GMO-FREE” and “Non-GMO” seal was also extended to export beers.