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The whole family helped out: each brass tube had to be cut by hand and individu- ally soldered. Pictured from left: Thomas and Christine Feierabend in early 1970, Inge Feierabend 1985. meals, they were given the opportunity to take the spare parts This evolved into a long-standing friendship with the Feierabend for their Balilla with them free of charge and to pay for them at family that went beyond cars. a later date. One day, a customer approached Helmut Feierabend with a very Helmut Feierabend was ready to present his debut creation to an special request. The owner of a classic Bugatti wanted him to build enthralled public early in 1960 during a classic car event – although a replica of the complete radiator for this vehicle. it took a few more years before the restoration work was finally completed. And what did Helmut Feierabend do? He turned the order down! He was a metalsmith, not a car mechanic. But it was the Bugatti owner Helmut Feierabend was still a metalsmith by trade and, among who now urged and insisted until Helmut Feierabend eventually other things, he made tabernacles for the church and Baroque-style gave in. This is how he later recalled his change of mind: “It makes trelliswork for the Würzburg Residenz; classic cars were more of a no real difference whether you make a tabernacle or a Bugatti private passion. Having said that, he had already made a name for radiator.”1 What did matter, however, was how Helmut himself at the local motor sports club. This is how his acquaint- Feierabend made the radia- ance with the American Ray von Giesen came about. Von Giesen tor: technically and was one of the first aficionados and collectors to recognise the visually perfect and special “value” of these extraordinary pre-war racing cars before exclusively from everyone else. It was in his vehicles that Helmut Feierabend was parts he had pro- able to experience his first Grand Prix Bugattis and the BMW 328. duced himself. 1 BMW Magazin 2/1992, p. 73 – 8 –


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