The life’s work of Andreas Lerch, the tenant of the vehicle hall and old-timer specialist, seems to be irretrievably destroyed. No insurance is going to accept the damage, which amounts to 300.000 Euro.

Last Sunday 2 buildings belonging to a farmstead in Traundorf burnt down to their foundations. The damage estimated to be worth more than a million Euros was caused by a neighborhood boy playing with fire.

Contrary to differing reports the victims of the fire were informed during last week that apparently neither the perpetrator himself nor his parents are third party liability insured. The damage caused to the building will most probably be partly covered by the owner’s fire insurance.

However, the old-timer specialist Andreas Lerch from Traunstein will most likely have to bear a material damage of more than 300.000 Euros on his own. Since the age of five he has been spending most of his time in the garage, tinkering around with cars – preferably old vehicles. The old-timer mechanic had fitted the hall to a high-end hobby workshop with expensive special tools. There he had kept his own exclusive old-timers besides those of his friends and like-minded people.

Now he is standing in front of the smoking ruins of his possessions and livelihood. “Razed to the ground, burned down, nothing left”, the 36-years-old summarizes his impressions, visibly prostrated. During a motorcycle tour in South Tyrol he had been informed about the fire via a mobile phone-call. “I turned and went home straight away. On top of it all I was so upset that I even had a crash and now my motorbike is broken as well.”

And as if that wasn’t enough: his Audi, the „everyday vehicle“, which had been parked in front of the building during his bike tour, went up in flames, just like the rare jewels, which were stored inside the hall: a VW Bulli transporter, worth 100.000 Euros, a Porsche 718, an original and unrestored VW “Brezel” Beetle, built in 1950, a Ducati Monster, a VW Beetle with folding top from 1954, an Alfa Spider Giulia Convertible and many, many other very exceptional old-timers and family heirlooms were to be found in the hall. In addition, 18 engines, six of them with high-end tuning.

Lerch is devastated: “I took charge of the collector’s items and partly original cars of my friends and now I end up empty-handed. For, no insurance is going to pay for the material loss sustained. Neither the boy responsible for the damage nor his parents are covered by third-party insurance. And according to Lerch’s lawyer there is little hope to receive compensation payment, by other means, either. Lerch’s own insurance is not liable. After all, it was not him who has caused the damage. „I am truly ashamed“, Lerch concludes his despair with a tearful voice. “I haven’t been able to sleep and I have no idea, how I should ever compensate for the damage and sentimental value that was kept in the hall. It is not wealthy people who had stored their cars in my premises, but enthusiasts, who had invested every cent of their savings in the vehicles.”

Not only the pure material damage would have to be taken into account, but also the time, know-how and emotions contained in the partly prize-awarded vehicles. Since 1995 he had been working on the premium vehicles, in 2003 he had rented the hall.

The owner of the burnt up VW transporter immediately scrambled up some money to get Lerch some new wheels. Other friends of the cross-border old-timer network have installed a donation account on his behalf. So far there are no damage claims from the other car owners. “I want the landlord and everybody, who had stored his car in my premises, to have his percentage share of the donations. No matter, whether it is my fault or not, I certainly do not want to harm anyone else,” Lerch explains. The stadium announcer of Wacker Burghausen, Axel Ostrowski, helps as well: “I have organized a benefit soccer game in order to give Andi support.”

Source: Wochenblatt.de

  1. Hallo Andy
    Ich habe es von der ersten Minute verfolgt
    mir als Schrauber blutet das Herz ich habe
    dein Schicksal in der Hondaszene Österreich geteilt und hoffe das es dir oder euch hilft Kopf hoch (es kann ja nicht immer regnen )
    Lg Rene F.

  2. Hallo Andi,

    ich verfolge so ein bißchen dein Schicksal auf der Homepage und sehe das du wieder Werkzeug suchst?
    Suchst du auch zufällig eine ganze Werkstatt inkl. Inventar (3 Bühnen, Werkzeug, Büro usw.) das du pachten möchtest?
    Eilt noch garnix aber ich weiß wen im Landkreis BGL der aufhören möchte und an Pächter wär da die beste Lösung. Und du könntest dich wie geplant selbständig machen.

    Wäre das ne Option für dich?

  3. I shed my tears as reading these . I hope u r strong . Pls regain strength .

    Saiful Rais Shaiks Salim
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  4. Unfassbar!
    Noch vor ein paar Wochen war der Boschbus am Großglockner dabei. Jetzt ist er einfach weg.
    Alleine die anderen Dinge die zerstört wurden und Andis technische Meisterwerke.
    Die Detailverliebtheit seiner Projekte und Motoren und sein ganzes Lebenswerk, alles weg.
    Jetzt liegt es an uns allen dass wir Andi und Thomas helfen.
    Selbst wenn jeder nur eine Kleinigkeit spendet kann man wieder einen Grundstein legen dass wieder so tolle Fahrzeuge aus Andis Händen zu sehen sind.

  5. Hey alle Bus-Freunde,
    ich bin auch bis zum Erdboden zerstört, als mein bester Freund vor 2 Wochen am Montag mir die ganze furchtbare Geschichte erzaehlt… Ich konnte es überhaupt nicht wahrnehmen (wollte es auch nicht), dass alles auf einen Schlag vorbei ist! Unfassbar.
    Mein Vater und ich waren wir bei der Neu-Geburt des Bosch-Buses gewesen, wir haben uns mit Thomas und Andreas darum auch viel bemüht. Und er existiert jetzt nicht mehr…
    Ich versuche ihnen beide so viel zu helfen, wie es in meine Kraefte steht!
    Andi, Tomi!! Wir kriegen es wieder hin!!!

  6. Hallo Leute , Ich möchte mich bei Herr Thomas ,
    bedanken was du alles in den letzten Tagen bemacht hat ein fach SUPER ! Grüße GG
    http://www.gaestehaus-aschauer.de

  7. Andreas Lerch

    Der Artikel erschien im Wochenblatt zum Brandfall gleich darauf.

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