As mentioned earlier, in 1973 Walter Lechner ran a very successful disco in Salzburg, Austria. And while he enjoyed the perks of the scene, there simply was no time for vacation and the lifestyle afforded him “no life of his own.“ Then one fateful night, Lechner was having a chat with two of the club’s guests and one mentioned that he could take a race driving class during a long weekend. Bull’s Eye! This was exactly what Lechner was looking for. His first racing school visit changed his life forever.
And so it was to be, Walter Lechner said goodbye to night club life and hello to race car driving. Keep in mind, Lechner valued self-sufficiency and knew that in order to race, he would need financial stability. He knew that successful teams were fast teams, and the reason they were fast was because they did not need to make compromises due to a lack of funding. Regardless of whether Lechner was behind the wheel or acting exclusively as the team manager, the leap from restaurants to racing would only be possible if he was able to combine his passions with financially responsible behaviour. Being consequent to this philosophy has been a successful investment.