When Aram pulls up in his black-and-white check-patterned Audi R8, you can't help but stare. Written in curved letters, clearly visible on the car: "Drive and Style", which is the name of his tuning workshop in Dortmund.
and married with two children.
The qualified bodywork specialist has
fulfilled his dream of his own workshop,
office and pizzeria on this 2,500 m² site.
Born in Iran, Aram came to Germany as a refugee at the age of 4. He is also strongly drawn to the USA, where his father emigrated in 1994. He met his wife Jessica in 1998, while he was still training. When their daughter Aileen was born in 2006 they decided to settle in Dortmund. Two years later, Aram decided to set up his own business, and "Drive and Style" was born. After starting out in a small hall, Aram opened his current workshop in 2014.
"Drive and Style" specialises in tuning luxury vehicles. Performance upgrades, changes in appearance using body kits, lowering, exhaust systems, rims, special painting, foliation and sound tuning are especially popular. "Deeper, wider, faster – that'll never go out of fashion," Aram knows. His well-organised range of carolus tools, clearly stored in the MECHANIC workshop wagon, helps to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Most frequently used: the carolus socket set. "I use it to fit everything in the car, especially in the engine area," he explains. His favourite tool is the carolus reversible ratchet wrench. "Once it's in place, you can really work through with it," he enthuses.
Tuning trends come and go. Aram has happy memories of his VW Golf IV with wing doors: "It was twelve years ago, and I was as pleased as Punch with it. But today I wouldn't be seen out it in!" he adds, laughing. His baby: a quad, made in co-operation with the EXEET company from a Kawasaki Z1000 – the Black Bull Drive and Style Edition. "I always dreamt of driving something nobody else had," he says proudly. And the result is something very special indeed: 150 hp, 220 km/h, it hits the quarter-mile (402 m) in just 10.76 seconds.
Although it is street legal, the Quad rarely goes out. "It's simply self-protection," Aram says with a wink, before confessing, "I really have to watch myself on it – after all, I'm a family man." And talking of children, Sunday is family day. "That day is just for my wife Jessica and our kids Aileen and Levin," says Aram, and proudly reveals his lower arms with tattoos of the children's names.
As important as his family is to him, "I never sleep in. I'm always full of energy," he says. And his hard work pays off: today, he numbers footballers such as Marco Reus, Roman Neustädter and Julian Draxler among his clients. And one day, when money is no longer important, he'd like to launch his on vehicle on the market: "A combination of the Audi R8 and a Lamborghini would be a dream."