TCP 007: A Passion for Cars and Charity with Ken Lingenfelter, Owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

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This week I had the great privilege of having Ken Lingenfelter, owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and the incredible Lingenfelter Collection, on the show to talk about his lifelong passion for cars, business, and charity.

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For over 40 years, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has been creating some of the most powerful performance vehicles on the market. In addition, Ken started and owns the Lingenfelter Collection, one of America’s premier private car collections with over 150 rare and very desirable cars.

Although the Lingenfelter Collection it is closed to the general public, Ken regularly hosts large fundraising events throughout the year and very generously donates all of the proceeds to the many charities he supports.

We had a wide-ranging conversation on Ken’s life growing up in Dearborn, Michigan and following his career all the way through purchasing the Lingenfelter business from his cousin, the late John Lingenfelter. We also cover a few unique cars from the Lingenfelter Collection and discuss what maintenance is like on his Bugatti Veyron, a 254 mph production supercar!

Ken’s story is truly fascinating and it was a tremendous learning experience and pleasure having him on the show. If you want to learn more about Ken and Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, check out the following links:

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What Ken’s childhood was like growing up in a GM household [3:38]
  • How the General Motors Craftsman’s Guild shaped Ken’s appreciation for cars [6:00]
  • How Ken got started in his early business ventures [10:44]
  • Why Ken got expelled for racing a Mustang at High School [17:10]
  • Ken’s first fast car experience [20:50]
  • How Ken acquired the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering business from his cousin John Lingenfelter [22:00]
  • Ken’s criteria for adding cars to his collection [29:05]
  • What full-throttle in a Bugatti Veyron feels like [36:40]
  • Ken’s passion for giving back and using his car collection for charity [39:49]
  • The cars Ken wants to add to his collection in the future [44:25]
  • Ken’s favorite driving music [49:53]
  • Ken’s thoughts on autonomous cars [55:20]

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