His severely damaged car could also count itself lucky, as Ferrari provided all of the necessary replacement parts straight away. The show could go on! Working day and night, a team of technicians managed to complete the repairs in just four weeks. In the end, Fredy’s team were able to take part in the rest of the race series in America.
LIFE IS A RACETRACK
In 2009, Fredy opened the “Erlebniswelt Autobau” car museum on a former industrial site. It is a showcase for his individually curated, dynamic collection of more than 100 cars. His son now curates the exhibition, but Fredy still loves to conduct tours for classes of schoolchildren and regularly takes his cars out on international track days. Fredy’s passion for motorsport is obvious throughout the exhibition, which enables visitors to experience the nostalgic cult of motorsport up close. Milestones from Fredy’s own life give structure to the exhibition, starting with the 10th birthday present from his father in 1957: the wheels for his first soapbox car, which laid the foundations for his career as a racing driver.
Representing another phase in his life, you can see the 1968 Horag HAS 3 Formula Vee, which Fredy constructed together with Markus Hotz, Bruno Wettstein and Oscar Pfister to found the Lista Racing team. Another milestone is Fredy’s first Ferrari 333, given to him personally by Piero Ferrari. He drove this car to victory in the 2002 24 Hours of Daytona race as part of a team with Didier Theys, Mauro Baldi and Max Papis. Each car tells the story of Fredy’s 40 years of participation in motorsport races from various racing series. Formula Vee, Super Vee, F2, F3000, GT: they are all there, as well as the sport prototypes Horag CanAm, Ferrari 333 SP, Dallara-Judd, the Doran-Daytona prototype, Lola B40 and Porsche RS Spyder. Challenging races, team spirit, passion: Fredy is convinced that his consistent training as a racing driver has also contributed to his successes in both business and personal life. He wants to inspire this enthusiasm in the next generation, which is why he supports Swiss motorsport.
After the tour, Fredy Lienhard invited us to his private annexe located in the old industrial building. This is where he meets friends, family or sometimes famous guests. It is a familiar space, closely connected to Fredy as a person and much more personal and intimate than the exhibition hall. The room is decorated with books, photos and souvenirs. Fredy pointed out several objects and told us some anecdotes about them, mostly relating to people who accompanied him on his journey. We also discovered photos taken when Toyota’s Administrative Board President visited the Autobau, which paved the way for friendship. Fredy will soon return the visit and travel to Japan. In this old building, it seems as though time has stood still. We ate, drank and regaled each other with stories in the cosy surroundings. Fredy’s son joined us, bringing his father a key so he can test drive the latest acquisition for the collection – a 7-metre long American Cadillac. As we said goodbye, we watched Fredy get into the gigantic convertible, smiling and full of enthusiasm, against a backdrop of sunshine. The perfect snapshot to finish off: Fredy Lienhard enjoying the need for speed.