Born : June 28 1944
Biography Rudi Lins
Even in his early childhood, Rudi Lins got in touch with cars. No surprise, with a father running a Volkswagen dealership first and later becoming the first Porsche dealer in Austria. After his studies to become a mechanic, Rudi Lins started a motorsport careerin the mid 1960, with the financial help of his parents. The parental dealerships sponsored him. Rudi Lins became Austrian sportscar champion in 1965 in a Porsche 356. Starting in 1966, Rudi Lins won the Austrian Hillclimb championship 3 consecutive times. As early as 1967 Rudi Lins became the European Hillclimb champion in a Porsche 906 Carrera , as a factory driver.
Rudi Lins was not only active in hillclimbs but on racetracks too. Not without succes since Rudi Lins belonged to the happy few that could call themself Porsche Factory Silver. In 1968 Rudi Lins teamed up with the British Vic Elfer in a Porsche 910 to become 2nd overall in the Paris 1000km. In the 1969 Nürburgring 1000km Rudi Lins finished 4th together with Richard Attwood. That same year, Rudi Lins and Joe Busselten finished the Watkins Glenn 6H 6th. Both these races were at the wheel of a Porsche 908. His greatest motorsport succes was in 1970 at the legendary Le Mans 24H. Teaming up with Helmut Marko, Rudi Lins finished 3rd overall in a Porsche 908/02 in Martini livery in the race that brought the very first Le Mans 24H overall victory for Porsche with Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood.
Rudi Lins stopped racing quite unexpected after the 1917 Zeltweg 1000Km, where he finished 10th together with Erwin Kremer. The next few years he spend travelling, and in the mid 1970s Rudi Lins took over the parental dealership to build a succesfull career as a businessman.