A while ago I was given a truly stunning photo of the Spyder. Better than any other photo that I've tracked down so far, this one showed the 550 in all its splendour. This was truly an exquisite car and for the first time I understood what Oom Mervyn meant when he explained the emotions he felt upon seeing the Spyder for the first time. I felt truly inspired to try and capture its curvaceous aluminum body - it had such a sense of power and refinement, all brought together in one car. But instead of reaching for the camera (once more) instead I pulled closer my sketching tools to capture the sheer beauty of the car, only in a different medium. I've enjoyed creating the piece so much that I've decided to start working on a body of work to exhibit with the launch of this documentary. So watch this space!
Below is the photo of the famous Porsche 550 Spyder with Arthur Pillman bringing the car onto the grid for the 1961 Nine Hour - The first such event at Kyalami. Drivers John Love and Dawie Gous went on to win the event.
Photo: Andrew Embleton