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and wrote letters. He finally succeeded. At the end For both men, it was an unforgettable highlight to take of the 1970s, shortly before Christmas, he was able part in the Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Salzburgring in to travel to the South of France to collect his dream 1981, where the blue-painted racing car was unveiled car – although it was in a lamentable state. to an enthralled international audience. In no time at all experts were talking about the excellent restoration work, which soon led to Helmut Feierabend being seen as a noted specialist on Bugatti vehicles. The second marque with which Feierabend developed a special bond was BMW. It was the pre-war Type 328 roadster that really did it for him. A certain Prince Metternich was the first customer to commit his BMW 328 to the care of Helmut Feierabend at the end of the 1960s. The outcome of the restoration was – as expected – more than striking. With the son of Helmut Feierabend’s first landlord behind the wheel, the first big test drive went to Italy. They took part in a rally at the same time to test the performance and reliability of the newly restored vehicle. Helmut Feierabend was not only fascinated by the glori- ous racing history enjoyed by the BMW 328 between 1937 and 1940. The noble elegance of the vehicles also Helmut Schellenberg (1911–2002). The racing won him over – he just had to own a classic car like driver and Bugatti fan became a fatherly friend Helmut Schellenberg immediately entrusted his Bugatti this. And yet, in spite of the success of his business, it to the Feierabends. This picture was taken during to the up-and-coming automobile restorer Helmut was impossible to buy a well-maintained BMW 328, let the Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Salzburgring in Feierabend, whom he had only recently met. In him he alone one that was already restored. Instead, he had 1981. found not only an accomplished expert who was always to make a virtue out of necessity and find a model in on hand with help and advice, but also a friend. United a poor condition – and then restore it himself. by a common passion, a close friendship developed between the two men that was to last until the death The search for such a vehicle requires patience and of Helmut Schellenberg in 2002. good luck. Helmut Feierabend had both and it all – 16 –


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