He tells us for the first time why the record was on a knife's edge just minutes before and how he inherited the stunt-driving gene that day. Flashback: Hundreds of thousands of visitors. Visitors stop at 13. August 1993 at 5 p.M. The breath. Only the roar of the stuntman's modified KTM can be heard from far away. The machine resembles a fiery hell-beast, impatiently waiting to be let off the chain. At the last moment, the public learned about the record attempt at a press conference scheduled at short notice. The destination of the 46- and 19-meter-long, respectively, and more than 10-meter-high wooden ramps on the two opposite banks had been a subject of speculation for weeks, accordingly. But no one could even dream of such a death leap.
The preparations were carried out in the style of a commando operation, says Brutus Bildstein, who witnessed the operation as a youngster. He welcomes us to the lakefront estate, pours everyone an old bourbon. Brutus Bildstein followed in the footsteps of his father Felix after his retirement. He has also been marketing his father's brand and pop culture heritage since he retired from the public eye to run a winery in Piedmont. Brutus is an agile giant, ageless, wears his white shirt open that the painful traces of his breakneck actions are exposed. He is a global citizen between Maui, Mumbai and Miami, he said. He bought the house on Lake Constance out of nostalgia, perhaps even homesickness.
"It was still adventure in 1993, without computer simulations, with a small secretive team," he says nostalgically. "We told the carpenters, told them it was avalanche shoring. For a long time, we were looking for a large space for the G-force test facility. Via the former director of the Kartause Ittingen we then found the widely ramified catacombs of this monastery complex."Disguised as roofers, they entered the cellars through the so-called "murder hole" in the northeast wall. The fact that today his G-force testing equipment is installed in the cellar as part of an exhibition makes stuntman Brutus smile. "History repeats itself," he says meaningfully and laughs.