Chronicles

Painting by numbers – Mille Miglia

The Mille Miglia was an annual race that took place between 1927 and 1957. It wasn’t until 1949 when the organizing committee developed a system to ensure the increased amount of entrants, now over 450, left the start line in an orderly manner. Each car was allocated a race number which corresponded to the time… Continue Reading»

Carrera Panamericana

With the completion of the Mexican section of the Panamerican Highway in 1950, the Mexican government organized a nine-stage, five-day race across the country to promote business connections into Mexico. The Carrera Panamericana was a sports car racing event on open roads, similar to the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio in Italy and counted towards… Continue Reading»

Engine bay body pan

I have seen a number of original 550s in the flesh and also studied thousands of photos of others, finding something new each time I look. I am always drawn to the detail of the cars and find them most fascinating, even down to the welds on the chassis which seem remarkably consistent. One body… Continue Reading»

Rudge wheels on a 550

The Rudge Whitworth hub spinners originated back in the early 1900s when Whitworth Cycle Co rescued the ailing Rudge Cycle Co to form Rudge Whitworth Ltd. Rudge wheels were originally sold as an aftermarket fitment to quickly deal with frequent punctures due to tyre unreliability, and in the emerging sport of motor racing, it was… Continue Reading»

Alloy spyder buck to die for…

A new addition to my model collection arrived today, a 1:6 scale model of a 550 Spyder buck laser cut out of aluminium to go with my 1:18 scale model buck of the same. It is a mother of a model measuring over half a metre long. The model comes as a flat pack where… Continue Reading»

The DNA of original photos

I am slowly building up a collection of original race photos and slides from the 50s and 60s that show spyders as they were in racing livery. Today they are restored back to a standard of when they left the factory as opposed to the unique body changes that each driver had made to make… Continue Reading»

The polka-dot queen

It was sad to hear the passing of legendary racer Denise McCluggage on 5th May 2015 at the age of 88. She had made racing a life career from an early age as a sportswriter for the New York Herald Tribune. By 1955, she was a regular at local events on the East Coast driving a Jaguar… Continue Reading»

Carrera the book

The Porsche 550 was pivotal in the success of Porsche evolving into the marque it is today. It was the purpose built racer that was dominant against both the equals and giants of motor racing during the 50s. I get immense satisfaction researching the provenance of these Spyders but sometimes resources are limited to information… Continue Reading»

550-0018 restored and on display

The Porsche Museum is hosting an exhibition until March 2014 celebrating ’60 years of super sportscars’. One of the classic Porsche race cars showcased is 550-0018. Although the third chassis number produced in January 1955 along with 0016 and 0017, 550-0018 is recorded as the first built 550 Spyder on the 15th January. As the… Continue Reading»

550 cast in resin

Besides the 1:1 Porsche 550 spyders that originally rolled out of the factory doors of Stuttgart, the diecast models of 1:18, 1:43 and 1:86 scales have always been a joy to collect over time. A year ago while searching for new ones to collect, I came across an artist who has taken car modelling to… Continue Reading»