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basement rooms that were not exactly prestigious but sufficiently large. In 1975 Helmut Feierabend finally took the bold step of building his own workshop. He constructed the spacious, modern building in Wilhelm-Wien-Strasse where the firm is still based today, having been extended several times. The clientele grew with the business premises. Over the course of the years the workshop changed its name to Feierabend GmbH and became a sought-after address for customers from all over the world. Many callers from America and Asia woke Helmut Feierabend in the middle of the night due to the time difference. Time and again, the owners of rare automobiles would have him flown in for the weekend, to prepare their beloved cars for a classic car rally for instance. Although Helmut Feierabend – in complete contrast to his surname Feierabend means knocking-off time in German – saw the word Feierabend as much a foreign word as holiday, the stresses and strains of his job made no difference to him. Quite the contrary in fact, since the driving force behind his work was the passion and the challenge of creating from the ruins of a car a gleaming work of art restored to its original glory in terms of its engineering and its appearance. Coping with this task often involved preparing de- sign drawings or sketches by hand for nights on end. “It doesn’t work without the enthusiasm that I’ve always felt for my job,” he once said in an interview, “because it’s just not possible to put a figure on how many hours “It doesn’t work without enthusiasm.” Helmut you need to put into an order.”3 Feierabend in 1980, helping to design the “new” BMW 328 cylinder 3 BMW Magazin 2/1992, p. 73 head. – 12 –


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