Right entry, 50 left, attention, 300 straight ahead full, 100 right, 200 straight ahead, right full. If Christian Geistdörfer had his legendary 'prayer book' in his hand today, and if he sat on the passenger seat to navigate the driver up the last few metres to Michelsburg, it would sound something like that.

Almost 40 years later things are quieter around Christian. Well at least you might think so. Two years ago he published his biography 'Walter und ich' [Walter and I]. He doesn't have to prove anything to anyone today. Born in Munich, he seems to be more thoughtful now. Gone are the wild parties where dishes were smashed and chairs thrown around. A few weeks ago, he became a grandfather for the first time. He has kept his carefree smile, whether he is sitting at the wheel listening to the surging noise of the engine at more than 4,000 rpm – or greeting his buddy Carlo Marcati.

Christian Geistdörfer visiting his buddy Carlo Marcati at the Michelsburg in St. Lorenzen-Moos. Built in the late 11th century, it is one of the oldest castles in the historic Tyrol region.

On the last few metres to Michelsburg, the sound of the G Model flattens out a little, walking pace, too much gravel leads the way to this historic building, whose history dates back to the year 995. The year the entire complex was built is given as 1091. Carlo, born and raised in Bruneck, dreamed of living in this castle for a long time. In 1990 he made his move and bought the ruin in western Pustertal, which had been left to decay, and had it reconstructed for 20 years according to strict monument protection regulations. The 69-year-old property manager and former beverage wholesaler lives up there in 1,800 square metres with his cat Luna and a pair of falcons.

The number plate that Christian Geistdörfer was allowed to keep when buying the Porsche 911: Roma. For a fan of Italy like him this was the icing on the cake – befitting of the history of the vehicle.

Christian and Carlo met 42 years ago at the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel. For seven years, Christian coordinated the sponsorship activities of the Warsteiner brewery and, as a result, came to Formula One many years ago. There and later in DTM the two worked together time and again. In winter they meet in Kitzbühel, every year. Last season Christian fell so badly while skiing that he slipped 150 metres down the slope, unconscious, demolishing his back and literally burning his face on the snow.

Christian Geistdörfer is a private person who lives in Malta and Munich, but can still be found at all kinds of car events. If he had to beam himself back to a decade, he would immediately set the time machine for the 1980s. “Back then everything was slower," he says. "Today we read e-mails when we are travelling, are constantly on our smartphones, always available. In the 1980s, the music was great, life was slower and somehow more worth living,” he sums up, without seeming like an everything-was-better-then cynic.

Maybe that’s exactly why he enjoys getting into his 911 in Munich and driving so much, to visit old friends who live in a castle and to visit friends who don’t live in a castle. Around the corner, beyond national borders, just driving, slow and fast in alternation, alone or in pairs, no music, only the Zuffenhausen sound of the 1980s. The way into the future could then read like this in Christian’s prayer book: straight ahead full, turn around from time to time, remember the beautiful things and then full straight ahead again, here and there beautiful curves.

Christian Geistdörfer looks back at the 1980s with fondness. In those days, without mobile phones, life was slower. It was a great time. Especially sitting behind the wheel of 911 Carrera 3.2 while indulging in the past.


Text first published in the magazine „Porsche Klassik“, special edition „8 generations 911“

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