Family matters

“Mama” was Julian’s initial word. So far, so normal. But afterwards his childhood somehow took a opposite path. Porsche was and is a using element of his life. As shortly as someone mentions a Zuffenhausen-based code to a lerned Porsche mechanic, a soaring figure lights up. No consternation that he has a sorcery series “911” tattooed on his top right arm. Porsche is his life. Julian Klein is Lea Klein’s youngest son, and anyone who meets Lea immediately understands since Julian is a approach he is. Lea Klein loves pushing Porsche cars, loves pushing fast, and has had a life not a million miles divided from that of travel racers. This has burnished off on her 3 children – one daughter and dual sons. “Well, on dual out of three,” she winks. The third, oldest son Mario, is not all that different, though he works in genuine estate – as did his mom for a integrate of years.

This is a unequivocally special family, and one that we got to know usually by chance. But what kind of family? What about Lea’s husband? “The father of my children was no longer with us during some point,” explains Lea abruptly and convincingly. Not since of what she says, though since there are many things she doesn’t say. Being a singular mom and her 3 children is partial of a Kleins’ normal bland life. Lea is a unequivocally immature mother: “I grew adult with my children. You couldn’t wish for anything better. It was usually right – not always easy, though right.”

Nothing in life is easy – for example, apropos a racing driver

Strictly speaking, zero in life is easy. For example, apropos a racing driver. At usually 4 years old, Lea sat on Daddy’s path during a steering circle of a BMW 2002 and announced with self-assurance that she dictated to do accurately that. What a cutie! Everyone laughed. No one believed it would happen. Then during 6 or 7 years old, she saw a initial Porsche 911 she had ever seen expostulate past a schoolyard of her facile propagandize schoolyard and she knew: “One day, we will expostulate one of those.” From afterwards on all was clear. For her. Those around her infrequently reacted with exasperation to a teenage womanlike petrolhead who spoke so matter-of-factly about automotive technology.


Julian Klein, Lea Klein, l-r, 911 (model year 1978), 2018 Porsche AG

Elliot roars out about 250 horsepower. But: “More is always possible”

After school, she took an tutelage during VAG Knebel, a Volkswagen/Audi dealership in Siegen, Germany. There, as partial of a Motorsport Knebel team, Lea got a ambience of a racing atmosphere. She initial gathering a Nordschleife in a Corrado G60; schooled from Jürgen Alzen; gathering a Suzuki Swift during a VLN Endurance Championship, followed by a Lotus Elise Cup for Auto Becker Düsseldorf. More positions followed – until she altered sides in 2003 and became a Team Leader.

Julian was about 13 years aged by this indicate and disassembling his initial engines. He fast schooled how to put them behind together and even how to get a engine using again. Lea was obliged for 3 to 4 cars, done arrangements, met many people and had a lot of fun – though 3 kids (Isabelle, Mario and Julian) and a highlight of a racing lane encouraged her to find a quieter march in 2006. Since afterwards she has worked in genuine estate business and is in good direct as a beam during motorsport events, where she takes groups of VIP visitors on interest of vast companies into a array lanes to accommodate and hail a teams, drivers and mechanics. But she still dreams about racing.

“If we come opposite a unequivocally good 911 along a way…”

In a meantime, Julian began his career of tinkering during Porsche, and perceived an instruction from his mother: “If we come opposite a unequivocally good 911 along a way, consider of me.” And when he called in 2013 articulate about a 1978 911 – a reimport from California, repainted black, with no interior fittings, no roof – shifting or differently – an strange SC with usually a few miles on a time and a sound physique – Lea knew: Julian had found her dream car.


911 (model year 1978), 2018, Porsche AG

The splendid immature creates a high approval value. A likeable Porsche dragon!

An old, run-down automobile from a US as a dream car? Of course! After all, a Klein family devise was to build a convene car. It would need to be light, so no shifting roof would be a bonus. The interior apparatus were also unnecessary. A steel enclosure done by Stein in Dortmund and racing seats would be brought in – along with some extra-lightweight carpeting and as small apparatus as possible. Within a year, Julian conjured adult a accurate Porsche car his mom had always wanted. Visually, we would consider we were looking during a 2.7 Carrera. The engine strap is, for example, an strange for this model.

But underneath a slimline body, a 3.0-litre engine – with increasing energy interjection to Julian’s ability – is tough during work. The engine ticks over during a loose 6,500 rpm, and delivers even some-more energy around a sintered steel purchase than a normal 911 transmission. Julian does however still wish to make some changes: a fifth rigging needs to be longer. He’d like to fit front brakes from a 964. It would be ideal for a 7 x 16-inch Fuchs rims and front wings, as something on a front left-hand side has a robe of scraping. But it’s opposite now – interjection to a Facebook foe by Bilstein and Porsche Klassik, Lea’s Porsche now has a ideally tuned suspension. The whole story will be featured in in a Porsche Klassik special book “1 Million Porsche 911”, with a outline on a right.

A family of racing enthusiasts

So this was how we got to know Lea and motionless that we had to write about this family of racing enthusiasts. With her daughter Isabelle or her good crony Nicole Jentsch, Lea has already warranted several trophies in ancestral rallies. For example: Second in her category during a 2017 Mittelrhein Classic. 

Lea Klein had never won anything. But afterwards came a Bilstein and Porsche Klassik foe and gave her Porsche a new cessation – and one that was tailor-made.


911 (model year 1978), 2017, Porsche AG

The thought was innate during a Bilstein mount during a Techno Classica engine show. And usually since there was a black 911 in glorious condition during a engine show, owned by an familiarity of Bilstein Marketing Manager Florian Hagemann. People talked, considered, and afterwards a preference was made: We will organize a foe together on Facebook. The leader would accept a Bilstein suspension, including installation. Porsche Klassik reported a foe in their “1 Million Porsche 911” special edition. No earlier pronounced than done! We were bewildered by how many Porsche fans participated around a Porsche Klassik and Bilstein pages. In a end, we narrowed a pool down to 5 vehicles and messaged any owners concurrently – mins after Lea Klein was on a phone.

An appointment was fast organised in Ennepetal during a Bilstein training centre. Lea had already driven a Bilstein before: a Sportlich/Straße (“sports/street”) version. For convene sport, Lea would have elite a somewhat firmer suspension, and a back spindle seemed a small too squashy to her. The experts during Bilstein specifically practiced a new gas cessation and also found a reason for a sponginess during a back and a harshness during a front: a back lane was wrong, and a open strut during a front was lacking lubrication. Now Elliot gathering improved than ever before.

Text initial published in a repository “Porsche Klassik 12”.

Text by Thorsten Elbrigmann // Photos by Matthias Jung, Markus Jung, Thorsten Doerk

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