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The winner of the Restoration Award 2014!

I took quite a while to come to a decision. Our 28 candidates (for review, click here) gave a really hard time to our top-class jury with their Fiat 500, Fiat 126 or Fiat 600 restoration reports. But now the decision has been made and it is finally determined, the winner of the Axel Gerstl Cup 2014:

We hereby congratulate Mr. Karl Gruber from Reisbach / Germany!

With a total of 376 of 440 points * Karl Gruber has so ago Kokonas Ioannis, Greece (365 points, 2nd place) and Doug Comrie, Australia (356 points, 3rd place) enforced. His well-deserved trophy and a voucher for EUR 1000, - have already been handed over by Axel Gerstl and our team personally. Pictures of handing over the prize can be seen here.

But also Ioannis Kokonas and Doug Comrie should get a reward for their great work, we spontaneously decided. So we’ll send out vouchers for EUR 100, - and EUR 50, - to honor second and third winner.

A big thank you goes to our active and competent jury consisting of:

  • Leo Aumüller, known as THE specialist and expert when it comes to Fiat and Abarth
  • Günter Lehmann, former mountain racer on Steyr Puch and gifted mechanic
  • Daniel Bartetzko, journalist of the magazine Oldtimer Praxis and therefore very familiar with the theme of vintage car restoration
  • Torsten Hanenkamp, owner of Il Motore in Rellingen, specialized in engine technology for classic Porsche and Fiat
  • Klaus Hense, webmaster of the Fiat 500-Forum e.V.
  • Marc Breuer, head of the Fiat 126 fan page and founder of the Fiat 126 Forum
  • Michael Vondrovsky, owner of Young Classics in Emmering, classic car collector and professional vintage car mechanic
  • Jörg Medwed, employee of the company Axel Gerstl, former hobby mechanic and mountain racer on a Fiat Abarth 1000 OT
Finally, we would like to thank all other participants of the Axel Gerstl Prize for restoration work for the many interesting, exciting and sometimes affecting restoration reports that will surely remain in our memory for quite some time!!!
 * Info: All eight members of the jury had to answer eleven questions about technique, complexity and result of the restoration with a maximum of 5 points each. Hence the maximum high score results was 440 points.