What a reunion! They’re two originals who go way back and have stories to tell: Former police sergeant Heinz Scholze (89) and the first radar speed-trap van met again after 54 years at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimers in Hanover-Limmer.
Ex-policeman Scholze puts on the old blue police coat and sits down on a wooden chair in the back of the vintage van. The sprightly pensioner turns knobs on the built-in traffic radar machine “Telefunken VRG2,” taps on switches, and jokes: “Give me 15 minutes and I’ll be completely caught up! Then we can head out again.”
It all started for him in August 1961, when he was part of the second radar training course in Lower Saxony. That meant Scholze was one of the first policemen to scan for speeders using the new VRG2 measuring system. He did so on the road, from a Volkswagen van.
And the vintage car experts of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles recently brought just this vehicle out of its long sleep – a 1953-model Volkswagen speed-trap van that policemen used to train radar measurements. The blue van had stood in garages and barns for roughly 54 years, covered in dust and largely unnoticed. Most recently, it was parked at the shop of a master mechanic in Hanover-Badenstedt.