Johann Abt passed away on Saturday at the age of 67 after a long and serious illness. He is survived by his wife Thea and their two sons Christian (36) and Hans-Jürgen Abt (40).
Born in December 1935, Johann Abt was one of Germany's most well-known racing drivers during the 1950s, '60s and '70s. In 1962 he established Abt Tuning, which he made into one of the worlds most successful tuning companies. Even after his two sons, Hans-Jürgen and Christian Abt, took over the day-to-day management of the family business, Johann Abt continued to be instrumental in the success of Abt Sportsline GmbH.
"We lose not only our dear father", said Christian and Hans-Jürgen Abt. "Johann Abt was very popular and highly respected by all the employees of our family business. He was always willing to give us help and advice. We will all miss him very much."