Every story has a beginning. That moment when a spark hits the gas. For me, this journey of documenting the life and times of the Porsche 550A RS #0140, started the day I read a fascinating article (Accelerate Magazine, February 2014 p.56-62) written by Mr John Bentley, editor of said magazine and a confirmed petrol head (although Porsche is undoubtedly the 'blue eyed child' in his books) . His passion for oom Mervin's story and the history of this Spyder was contagious, and I found myself thinking about a possible documentary on the topic. Many, many months down the line, it's a fully fledged film project. What a privilege to be working on this one.
In a recent interview with John he recalled seeing the 550 Spyder for the first time in 1959 at the opening national race meeting on the Grand Prix circuit in East-London where Ian Fraser-Jones won the race (Border 100) in this 550 Spyder. This event is forever marked by John as the moment in time when his love for Porsches started. I guess we all have those spark to a flame moments, that become the sum of our life's work.
I am indeed deeply grateful to John for his help and guidance in continuously finding more information on the Porsche Spyder for the purpose of this documentary film. It's going to be epic.