Driving back to childhood

Kinderzimmerhelden – the book that’ll take you back to your earliest motoring memories

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Christian Blanck holds a toy car in each hand, draws them far apart, and then smashes them together.

Christian is currently guiding a rock band into the charts, he’s a freelance strategy consultant, he once spent 200 days of the year as part of a Formula 1 entourage, he’s run campaigns for travel companies and sports brands – and now he sits on a concrete floor, taking delightful shot after delightful shot of toy cars. This is how he created his first book, Kinderzimmerhelden, and now he’s on with his second. Welcome back to your childhood.

His studio comprises two white boards, and lighting courtesy of the sun. At the moment, he’s shooting a 1972 Porsche 917. He admires its broken windscreen, the missing headlight, the small dents and the fine scratches that have come from years of being played with. Who needs the Mulsanne straight when you have a linoleum kitchen floor?

“We all have very individual memories of our adventures with toy cars,” says Blanck. He remembers attempting to repair them with a screwdriver, dropping them out of windows, and crashing them.

The book is a reminder of childhood. Christian recalls pushing cars around the living room floor with his son Niklas, two at the time, and taking photos of the cars and the boy with his phone. “I would never have remembered [my childhood memory] if we had been playing with perfect models right out of the package,” says Blanck. The imperfections, the dings and the dents rekindle past, scale-model-sized adventures.

“Kinderzimmerhelden is more a work of art than a book,” he says. The cover and printing are of luxuriant quality, and work is under way for a second edition. In the meantime, you could always buy the Porsche-specific Kinderzimmerheldenbook from Edition Porsche Museum.

The book tells a part of Porsche history from a completely different perspective. “It definitely includes an element of historical preservation,” says Jörg Thilow, who is in charge of product management at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen. It’s a trove of model cars waiting to survive the perils of children’s imaginations. “It’s very important that our model cars don’t all end up with collectors, but also find their way into playrooms,” says Jörg.

The models in Kinderzimmerheldenbook from Edition Porsche Museum all come from old toy chests or flea markets. “All the dents are real,” says Christian. If a car looks too new, it is sent to his sons Niklas and Henri for a series of trials, until it accumulates sufficient marks of honour.

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