Something about the author of this site
I studied mechanical engineering in Offenburg, which is in the wormest area
of Germany. In the moment I am living in
Wiernsheim near Stuttgart and
work at a swabian sportscar manufacturer in the race engine
Before college, I was a car mechanic where I was allowed to work with professional
classic car retauration experts for the first time. We restored cars as rare 300 SL, 190 SL or 170 s.
Very early, I became enthusiastic about cars, specifically classic cars. With 15,
I dismantled my first motor, a gas-lawnmower of a junkjard, that still runs today!
With 16, I bought a Zündapp M50 "Bergsteiger" ("mountain climber") or at least its fragments from a
scrap-metal place for DM 30,-. I completely restored this moped at the time and still drive it today.
After that I bought a NSU Quickly N, which I started to restore. But when I turned
18 I bought a car, so it parked into a corner!
Through the business partner of my father I came in contact with Ferrari. This man owned 2 Ferrari
308, a GTB and a GTS.
Later he sold these cars and bought a Testarossa and a 250 GT 2+2 (GTE).
The Ferrari virus in combination with the classic car virus was so strong that my immune-system
could not fight back any longer and the people have been calling me car-crazy ever since.
One day, as I drove through the country on my moped, I saw a car that made my heart jump. What was that? It sat
at a Fiat dealership and looked like a Ferrari, about like a 308 GT/4, only somehow smaller. I stopped,
saw the name "Bertone" and the abbreviation "X1-9" on the tailgate. “Is there really a car that looks like a
Ferrari and which is affordable by someone like me"? was my first thought.
Actually, there it stood in front of me!! from then on I knew: I want to have this car someday!
When I was 18, had my driver's license and sold my first car, a Fiat 128 (what else?), I did get a X1/9.
To read the Story of this car, click to my Lido.
Because I am crazy in cars and a classic car enthusiast, it didn't remain at "only" one car, of course,
I had a Ford Capri III besides my X, too, one Mini 1000 and a Trabi (an unbelievable car, I can only
recommend driving such a thing once, an unique experience!).
At the moment, I ride a motorcycle too, a 78' Yamaha XS400 that I fixed up myself.