Sunday, August 13, 2017

Runge Cars - Air Cooled and Hand Built

Sticking to my trend of posting about people who build or restore hand-built and one-off cars, I have to post about Chris Runge.  Hand-built air cooled hot rods inspired by some of Porsche's early race cars?  Yes please!

All photos courtesy of Chris Runge.

I stumbled on Chris a few years ago while researching some forming buck designs.  His presence on social media, very apparent, you couldn't help but follow this guy to see what was going to happen next.  Built from scratch and inspired by some wonderful specimens of race history, his builds are sketched and built to his vision and to what he loves.

A "lifer" of all things 4 wheels, like many of us, and starting at a young age with a 1951 GMC 3/4 ton pickup and a '77 Chevy Nova, it wasn't long after that he discovered the romance of VW's followed by the introduction to early Porsches a bit later.  German design and engineering just made sense to him.   Finding so much joy and satisfaction in driving these small displacement German cars, it was only a matter of time before he felt the need to build something in his little shop space, in Rural Minnesota.  One can't help but be impressed by his visions and the ability to bring those visions to life.

I can go on and on about this guy and the work he does, but I'll let the pictures take over from here.  Pictures really are worth a 1000 words.  Check out his website and follow him on social media for inspiration and updates.  I certainly know he's an inspiration to my endeavors. I hope he inspires some of you!