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Auto Performance Icon: Ken Lingenfelter Interview

Auto Performance Icon Ken Lingenfelter Interview - The JP Emerson Show

There are few in the automotive industry whose impact can be measured by name alone. Yenko, Shelby & Shinoda are synonymous with legendary speed, design, and performance, but when it comes to today’s muscle cars, few stand out like Ken Lingenfelter.

Auto Performance Icon: Ken Lingenfelter Interview
Publication Information
Host: JP Emerson
Guest: Ken Lingenfelter
Subject: Cars, People
Running Time: 32:46 minutes
Producer: Doug Sandler
Studio: Turnkey Podcast Productions
The JP Emerson Show – Tell Your Story

Auto Performance Icon: Ken Lingenfelter Interview

Few names are synonymous with automotive performance like Lingenfelter. Owner of Lingenfelter performance, Ken Lingenfelter talks about the new Corvette, his world class exotic and muscle car collection and finding performance upgrades with the new C8! Ken Lingenfelter is an avid car enthusiast, owner of Lingenfelter Performance and privately owns one of the largest and most diverse collection of vehicles in the world, “The Lingenfelter Collection”

Episode Summary

There are few in the automotive industry whose impact can be measured by name alone. Yenko, Shelby & Shinoda are synonymous with legendary speed, design, and performance, but when it comes to today’s muscle cars, few stand out like Ken Lingenfelter.

Episode Notes

Born the son of a General Motors executive, Ken grew up with a lust and appreciation for stylish, high-performance automobiles. Finding success in the real estate settlement industry, Ken bought his first Corvette in 1977. Additional cars were acquired, as his passion for performance cars grew. Having sold his company, he has dedicated himself to assembling a collection of significant muscle cars, Corvettes, and exotic European cars from around the world.

How It All Began

In 1978 Ken set out to start his own title company with just two employees. Diligence, commitment and hard work saw Lingenfelter grow to 3,000 employees before ultimately deciding to sell and pursue his car passion. “It wasn’t easy” says Ken, “but it was time.”

Similarly, Ken’s relative, and famous drag racer, John, steered a growing Lingenfelter performance engineering around the same time. “John was an incredible drag racer, and his performance business was doing things few had ever seen before. Sadly, John was involved in a serious crash while racing in 2002, never recovering.” He passed on Christmas day a year later.

John’s brother asked me to take over the assets of the company” says Ken. “Again, it was time.”

What started out with “five cars stuffed into a three-car garage“, Ken says has grown to roughly 250 cars from across the globe.

Over the years, I’ve probably collected over 250 or so.”  About 30% of those are exotics, “you just have to marvel at the design of these things.”

Another 30% are muscle cars. “These were the cars of my youth. You can’t have a collection without American muscle cars of yesterday and today.” And the rest, adds Ken, “are some of my and John’s old race cars. And, of course, the greatest cars ever built. Corvettes!

Twitter: @KenLingenfelter

Website: www.thelingenfeltercollection.com

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The JP Emerson Show – Tell Your Story

JP Emerson is an award winning author & journalist with bylines in many of the most popular automotive magazines in the country. JP covers classic muscle cars and the people who own them with real stories from real owners relating everything from ownership, car shows, music, road trips and what everyone has in common regardless of brand.

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