While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.
Snowflakes fall tenderly through the night air, lofted momentarily by gusts of wind on their descent. The streetlights catch them as streaks against the darkness, nature's counterpart to the static that the televisions pick up when the broadcasters sign off for the night. As the individual flakes land on the chilly earth, they accumulate, piling atop bushes and benches alike until tree branches droop under the weight and the landscape all around becomes dotted with formless lumps when the morning light breaks. A stillness blankets normally bustling cities and towns - a stillness broken by the whirring and clanking and chunking and blowing and gear grinding of Mercedes-Benz Unimogs removing every flake off the roads with plows, scrapers, and snowblowers.
At least, it's the latter part that we see in a circa 1970 demonstration film from Mercedes-Benz showcasing a series of ever more serious aftermarket snow removal attachments at work, many of them mounted to the Unimog's PTO system. The 10-minute video that Unimog Community uploaded is entirely auf Deutsch, but it's all a sales pitch anyway, and all we're really interested in is seeing the Unimogs in action, clearing everything from city streets to several feet of snow from a country road.
Here's another look at that heavy-duty Schmidt Schneefräse in action on a now-vintage Unimog:
Of course, Unimogs are best known these days as incredible off-roaders, and YouTube's absolutely littered with vintage Unimogs playing in the snow. For instance, there's this 411 out for a winter ride:
And the guy behind the V-8 Unimog build frequently tackles the white stuff.
And thus we wrap up another Unimog Appreciation Post. Feel free to add your favorite winter Unimog videos one the comments below. Stay warm!
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