Automotive Engineer, formerly with McLaren Automotive, Porsche Kremer Racing and currently with HK-Engineering and Dipl. Ing. Klaus Kukuk. Nürburgring native. Excited to be here.
Laura Kukuk is an automotive engineer who started her career in the automotive industry at a very young age. Throughout her passion for the car world, she started using photography and writing as the foundation to share her experiences amongst other enthusiasts. She is always up for new challenges and to explore the unknown, digging deeper to reveal some true treasures.
Laura is a 25-year-old automotive engineer, with a passion for classic cars and modern technology integrated in the automotive world. Since being a child, cars have always played a big role in Laura’s life-shaping it into what it is today.
IN HER WORDS:
“My Name is Laura Kukuk, I was born in Germany and I’m currently based in Munich. Creativity was embraced in my early childhood, through sketching, drawing and designing. I used to mainly focus on product design and later used my creativity to develop new automotive designs whilst developing a passion and understanding for historic engineering alongside an admiration for modern day technology. Some of my earliest memories are helping my father fix and restore family owned classic cars.
Today, I am still embracing this creative sense in my daily life, with a quick sketch, through photography or by coming up with designs or creative ideas as a problem-solving approach.”
MY CAREER SO FAR:
My career so far has involved working for companies such as Porsche Kremer Racing, DP Motorsport, Ford, EDAG, Samuel Laurence, Thiesen, Movendi, Dipl. Ing. Klaus Kukuk (classic car specialist), HK Engineering, B&F-Touring Garage (Peter Bazille, Lancia specialist) and McLaren Automotive (as development and body engineer) alongside my studies of automotive engineering in Munich and Cologne (Germany). My time with these companies has granted me a good overview of the automotive industry and helped develop a further passion for driving events, Concours, motor shows, rallies, races and other automotive events all of which have become a big part of my life.
A particular highlight (amongst many) was when I was given the opportunity to race in Germany and Europe. Having worked for several race teams, I was offered the chance to join a small private team with the opportunity to become one of their drivers. This was an incredible breathtaking journey which I will never forget. Sitting behind a steering wheel of a high powered racing car and driving it to its limits is an experience I find hard to describe. Naturally, I am keen to pursue my motorsport career and hope to find more seat time in the future.
Currently, I am restoring a Fiat 600 from 1957, a complete engine and gearbox overhaul as well as body and interior work is needed. If you are interested in following my progress, feel free to check my IG channel. Recently I also finished restoring my MG TD from 1952 at my garage/workspace. Not only is it great to have the opportunity of taking a car completely apart and reassembling it, but also adding the practical part to my theoretical studies is a satisfying feeling. I have had the pleasure of overhauling my engine and gearbox at B&F Touring Garage with Peter Bazille one of the greatest garages and machine shops around.
My daily car is a Lotus Elise S1, which can give me ‘a lot of hard times due to the necessity of fixing things on a frequent basis … · but in equal measures, it offers me some of the greatest daily driving experiences I could wish for!
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