He who celebrates the boxer: a conversation with Moritz Leidel of "Flat6High5"

Attention: Trigger warning! Or to put it more precisely: the Porsche 911 phenomenon. We spoke to someone who knows all about the sports car icon from Zuffenhausen: Moritz Leidel, pioneer of the German Porsche scene and founder of the FLAT6HIGH5 platform. He told us what makes the Porsche community so special. And why the sight of an 911 still gives him goosebumps today.
Text Marko Knab
Photo Flat6High5 / Max Müller

An Instagram channel and a website called "Flat6High5" raise a few questions for us. The first is: Who is behind the pseudonym?
Of course, I don't want to raise any questions here and leave them unanswered, so I'm happy to introduce us. I'm glad to have made it onto your radar. Flat6High5 consists of two components that are inseparably fused. Me, Moritz Leidel, creative jack-of-all-trades, a child of the 80s and infected with the car virus from childhood. Second part of the combo is my wife, Kerstin, she is my supporter, companion, best navigator, pulse generator, driver. Fortunately, she was also infected early, by the way, by the best father-in-law in the world with the distinctive sound of Ducatis and Formula 1 of the 90s - mostly at the race track.

"Second part of the combo is my wife, Kerstin, she is my supporter, companion, best navigator, pulse generator, driver."

Moritz Leidel

And the second: is this about the engine layout of a Porsche and a community? Sounds at least as if something bubbling is being celebrated here together with a high five.
Yes, in fact this is exactly the idea behind our pseudonym. And what do you do when you drive a car that is not common? You celebrate yourself and others driving the same car with a respectful salute out the side window.

I think you realize yourself that in a new car you suddenly perceive only these cars on the road. The rarer your car the more you are actually pleased to come across it. The expression of this joy then escalates in an appreciative raising of the hand and a moment of solidarity when this is reciprocated. And if you then, like us, meet these people somewhere, the street or the evening before an event, then it is the first non-judgmental and at the same time friendly greeting that everyone understands.

"And what do you do when you drive a car that is not common? You celebrate yourself and others driving the same car with a respectful salute out the side window."

Moritz Leidel

Your story that brought you to exactly where you are now?
My grandfather was a chauffeur and during the week he would be in his smock working on the company car in the company yard. On Saturdays, he would stand in his undershirt, bent over the car, with both arms elbow-deep in the engine compartment of his Wartburg, on the street in front of the garage door. That's exactly where it started.

As a child of the East, the choice of vehicles was quite manageable, but my father and mother always had "Western cars." To school with the Strich-Achter, to Lake Balaton with the Beetle 1303 S in gold. Escape in the T3 Westfalia under the back seat. It is clear that this does not go past without leaving a trace. Then came years of the two-wheeler and working on them myself. With 12 began the MoFa time, then scooters and mopeds. To the annoyance of my mother mostly faster than the police allowed.

Then at the end of the 90s the first own cars. After 2 Minis, 7 VW, 1 Smart, 3 Audis and 24h long a Grand Cherokee, finally, at 30 the long-awaited desire of a Porsche came. So in 2009 it ended with the Zuffenhausen virus in a full infection. After a 7-year extensive restoration with many ups and downs, I started my first drive with the car on my wedding day. The goal was achieved in 2016 wife and 1965 Porsche with 0 kilometers on the speedometer.

Born as an idea on my honeymoon, I wanted to let loose a little more with my own project - something you too often can't do in your everyday professional life. The Instagram boom was then initial spark when I activated our channel. It was a window out into the world to find exactly the content I enjoyed.

On your website, you describe your concept as "Contemporary Community Creations." What do you mean by that?
Since it is always so easy to distinguish yourself from others and to say what you are not, it was really hard for us to put what we do into words. But in the end it was quite clear. The Porsche scene we are in is mostly modern and atypical for many. It was once characterized with the term "outlaw", which I think is outdated, but allows people an image to categorize this scene.

People of any age group free of status attached attitudes are contemporary as we want to understand it. They have a mindset of creativity, openness to others and the urge to be different in the sense of existing stigmas of typical club cultures. Thats what Contemporary means to us - contemporary ways of thinking and acting.

Credit: Flat6High5 / Luca di Blasi / @hub_raum_
Credit: Flat6High5 / Luca di Blasi / @hub_raum_

We express ourselves through actions that we realize for and especially with the scene of automobile enthusiasts. We always focus on the commonality of an idea: Exploring new things together, helping together, having a good time together or thinking outside the box together. You can't do everything alone, that's why the community is so important.

Shared experience is the focus of our creations. Whether TRAX, a driving training with your own classic car at the PEC in Hockenheim, CREWSN, a Cars & Coffee meeting of the first hour, SICKALPS, the driving-focused Alpine tour or our own events, where we sometimes present a limited sneaker for our partner Puma in the Porsche Museum to a handful of participants or collect money for #BLM or the German Cancer Aid at a casual event.

"You can't do everything alone, that's why the community is so important. Shared experience is the focus of our creations."

Moritz Leidel

Is there anything that is particularly important to you - besides the community, which is more or less in the name?
Genuine, deeply felt joy. Joy that we tickle out in others through our actions.

Please describe the attitude towards life in the historic Porsche scene. What characterizes the people and, above all, the community?
The very first thing to say is that it's not just about the Porsche. A Porsche is one of many possible commonalities - whether you own one or not doesn't matter. I think what attracts me to the "historical scene" of Porsche enthusiasts is the simplicity of things. The analog in the technology, the intuitive beauty in the design and the people who see this too. People who are on the same wavelength and who direct their focus on things that make them happy. I'm talking about really deeply felt, genuine happiness - not this bought-in feeling of "I have one too".

Credit: Flat6High5 / Luca di Blasi / @hub_raum_

The fascination around the Porsche 911 and all its derivatives and variants?
I can't put my finger on it. It just triggers me and it gives me goose bumps when it's a coherent vehicle.

An event that you will never forget?
You have to be at the Festival of Speed! That's the Woodstock of car maniacs. Otherwise, our Sickalps Tour 2020, the cornerstone of many friendships.

Please tell us your personal favorite track - no matter where in the world? And above all: why?
Our little gray SWB from 1965 loves tight curvy roads, so narrow mountain passes are basically recommended. To put it in the words of a friend: “Crazy fast out of the curves" is my favorite. That's why I would say the upper part from Umbrailpass towards Ofenpass, so down to Val Münstair.

How did the first half year go for you? And which events have you already organized?
2022 has been a great year so far. We got to experience our first 24h race at the Nürburgring with our tire partner Falken Tyre Europe, unbelievable what goes on behind the scenes here while their GT 911s turn one lap after the other. An already mentioned sneaker release for the 50. Porsche RS 2.7 anniversary for Puma in the museum with a handful of real petrolheads and four Sickalps tours with 5,572 km we have already done. And in three weeks we will drive the Route des Grand Alpes with 14 cars, then we will give the car some rest and start planning for 2023.

Last but not least, what's the next event you're planning for those who are interested?
Unfortunately, we can't reveal too much yet, but there are a few track events and of course tours planned for next year. Anyone can drop by, any day - on our Instagram accounts: @Flat6High5 and @Sickalps.

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