Intro [You can see a workshop, sounds of an engine, a rotating tyre; headline: “Pure adrenaline”] [Christoph in a conversation with his colleague] “Maybe let’s just do the pumps behind.” “Let’s try again.” ”I am trying once more and if it’s not working we have to remove the white pipes and see if there’s the same amount of petrol everywhere” In the moment we are 2 people working here; I think it will stay like that for now. Before we were more workers, but this didn’t really work out well. For this job you just need a lot of fantasy; a lot of imagination, it’s like a puzzle.. …because the car doesn’t fit together one-to-one and then you have to check it; you have to build many single components and yes. Like for example at a “Ladenlüfterrohrung”, there you’ve got many sheets; sheets out of stainless steel. You have to put them together just like a puzzle; you have to put it together just like you need it; and this is the reason: Most people just don’t have this know-how, this fantasy, this imagination, this they don’t have. [He starts the engine and accelerates with a black car] The main business is to rebuild cars to make them faster. Actually you’ve got a sucking motor, it sucks the air from outside. And at one point the motor is full with this air and it doesn’t get more air. Then you have to help a little bit. Some good people invented the turbocharger for that. The turbocharger blows air into the engine behind. You can imagine it just like a wood stove at home; actually almost everyone has got something like that. You just put wood into the stove, and then the fire burns. But in order that the fire grows bigger and burns more you have to put more oxygen to it. Then you just open the cover. And then you can see how the fire grows bigger automatically. Actually it’s the same with the engine. [He cuts one piece] This car thing has always been my thing, I just was that interested in it. And then I got an apprenticeship at the petrol station here in Seckach – this was a small workshop. At first I just screwed a little bit. The boss let me build some things on my own car and then he noticed: “Hey, this guy is talented.” And so I could finish my apprenticeship there. And then it went on. I went to serve at the Federal Armed Forces, and after that I worked in some more workshops. And at some point I became a self-employed worker and had my own factory. [He’s making himself a coffee] I’ve sacrificed all my free time for the customers, but yes, now it has changed a little bit because the family has suffered from that. Now I’m trying to stop working at around 5 or 6 pm., but that’s hard. [He is screwing at a car – and some liquid splatters in his face] “Uh, it hit me right in the face!” [They are screwing at a car] Yes with the cigarette near the petrol, that’s another story… I’ve been together with my wife for 16 years, but then we went separate ways. The main reason actually was the business, because I didn’t have time anymore due to the business. That’s my family, I don’t have more. Me – my son – my parents. [His colleague screws at a car, he stands next to him and smokes] colleague: “Does it have to smell that bad?” I like dogs very well, I’ve always wanted to have a dog, because when I was in child in Poland, my father had a dog as well. Having a dog can also be exhausting, but it can also be good: If you get up at 7 in the morning then he is so happy and he goes with me to work. And then he already waits in front of the door and pretends like he also wants to work something… That’s pretty cool! [He is playing with his dog and gives orders to him] “Sit…no, sit…now give your paw.. no, the other one…and the other one again..no this one…this one… Yes actually, “Renner 3”, this is my treasure. With this vehicle I built my name and the business. The car got very famous within this scene and some years ago, it was one of the fastest cars in Germany… And yes for the people…this was very new for the people back in those days and that’s why everyone wanted to have it and saw this turbo charger in many cars. From then on a lot of people wanted to drive with such fast cars. And then over the years it built up, … that’s why the “Renner 3” is my treasure, I would never give it away. I did it once, I sold it. I had private reasons, I just didn’t want the car anymore… But I took the car back from the owner and now I would never give it away, no. [music plays, he cleans the “Renner 3”] As a hobby we are participating in 4-miles-races, drag racing; which means you have to drive the fastest time from 0 to 400 metres, sometimes it’s seconds that decide the outcome. For example we are driving with our Golf 8.7 you are able to drive from 0 to 270 in 8 seconds in 400 metres, and you always want to get the best one. Of course you’re afraid of such a car that is for sure. Actually it’s not a car anymore, you’re sitting on a firechair. There’s always something that could explode… there’s always a “Kardanwelle” that could explode… And this can fly through the whole room. It could be that it flies through you. There have already been some accidents, I’ve seen a lot in the TV, for sure you’re afraid of that… Because you’re not sitting in a car with 50 horsepower… You’re sitting in a car that’s got over 1000 horsepower. You could also lose a tyre or something.
“You are driving 270 right?” But yes, the most dangerous thing I’m afraid of is that something starts to burn and you’re at 270 km/h and you can’t get out of the car that fast. . Probably you are already burned by the time you have braked and gotten out. Well…I got respect for that. That’s pure adrenaline. [He is starting the car, the car starts to drive, accelerates, the tyres fume] If it’s worth it I don’t know. It is nice, yes. I made my hobby to be my job. But meanwhile – sometimes I really wish I would have gone to a company. Then I would go there in the morning and leave in the evening, I’d just go home without having any worries. And now I’m going home with many things in mind. You’ve always got so many customer queries, you have to do this and that..It’s not that easy. It’s really not easy, I have imagined it myself in a different way. [He is starting the engine] If I am honest, I wouldn’t do it again, no. Now it is like that, I have to go through with it. Now I am older. But if I would be in that age again, I believe I wouldn’t do it again. [He is closing the workshop, music, final credits]