10 Jan A Tribute to two Thoroughbreds
In the year 2008 I purchased an ex works Porsche 550RS Spyder factory team car. The car was originally fitted with the only 1,100 ccm 4-cam engine Porsche produced and entered in 1954 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it won it’s class. After being returned to the factory the car was fitted with a 1,500 ccm 4-cam engine and entered in the 1956 Mille Miglia with racing legend Hans Herrmann at the wheel and Wener Enz as navigator. They unfortunately retired with engine problems after 9 hours and 55 minutes.
I had the idea of reuniting Hans Herrmann, 80 years young at the time, with this ex factory Porsche race car. I did contact my friend Stephan Heimann of Wiesbaden, a very talented photographer and cinematographer. Stephan joined forces with the director Philip Selkirk and we decided to rent the infamous Nordschleife, known as the “green hell” of the Nürburgring for half a day and put Hans Herrmann into this ex works Porsche 550RS Spyder.
The result were half a day of smiles on Hans Herrmann’s face when driving the car around the 20.8 km (12.94 miles) long Nordschleife and it’s 73 turns and bends. The video is a small documentary masterpiece as historic footage from the Porsche archives is included. Enjoy watching it!
I sold the car to an American client of mine and within less than four years sold it again for him doubling his investment.
Please follow this Link to watch the video.