The Vicious Cycle
“A key component of our approach to all projects is to astutely mix the old and the new. New for the sake of new is as pointless as old for the sake of nostalgia,” Gavin explains. The Vicious Cycle (and Porsche projects) are testament to this. He identified one of South Africa’s most accomplished bicycle frame-builders, Mr. Duncan MacIntyre and merged him with one of their leading composite specialists Mr. Anton Dekker. Duncan built frames from the early 1970s whilst Anton runs a specialist composite workshop producing bespoke carbon components for brands such as Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari.
The frame, made from Reynolds 653 and Columbus steel tubing renown for its impressive strength-to-weight ratio and ‘feel’ for the track, was hand brazed by Duncan for competitive use in the Track World Championships in the mid-1980s. The guild then stripped it down and coppered the key joins to highlight the craft involved. Anton then designed and custom-built a set of tri-spoke Carbon-Kevlar wheels. The result is a head-spinning combination of old and new–with the best of classic and contemporary technologies put to their best use, freaking out the flat-white fixie-purists as much as the contemporary road racers in equal measure. Duncan now trains the SA National Team and prepares them for the likes of the Olympics.
The Monochrome Project
Gavin’s dealings in the art world lead him to a master darkroom printer, Mr. Dennis Da Silva. The world focuses on the photographer, whereas a printer can make or break the end-result. Much like the ‘engineer behind the architect’, Dennis prints for the photographic elite and makes the dream a reality. So, the ‘Monochrome project’ was launched to raise Dennis’ profile. The Guild identified iconic, manual film cameras and boxed them with a roll of film with a self addressed envelope to Dennis. All part of the deal. You point, shoot, send - and Dennis sends back a selection of hand printed 8x10 photographs.
Now who’s the artist?
Additionally, they commissioned one of South Africa’s leading designers, Mr. Warwick Kay, to design the ‘10 Iconic Film Cameras’ Portfolio. We love the simplicity of the design that celebrates the amazing cameras that changed photography.
Who does what?
Mr. Tim Abbot
Tim is responsible for restoration. He's South Africa’s best by a long margin with many years of experience of his own and many alongside and learning from his father John. Tim runs a dedicated team of eight people from a workshop where he lives. Tim practices what he preaches; He’s highly active in Porsche racing (often in his father’s pristine 356 A GT) and he owns a mint 911 S.
Tim’s the first to put these cars through their paces and is very well regarded in restoration circles.
Mr. Andrew Trow and SBP
Andrew runs SBP–a body shop based in Sandton, Johannesburg. His team focus purely on the body work. Mr. Mike Gultig is the SBP craftsman who manually shaped the 912’s rear fenders (in steel) to ensure minimum flare.
A true gent; Superman can bend steel with his bare hands, so can Andrew.
Mr. David Corlett
David runs a very small automotive trimming workshop called Soft Top Trimmers. He knows the weave, binding, pattern, and grain of every Porsche interior, Dutchmann builds. Soft Top Trimmers are world famous for their bespoke soft tops for AC Cobras too.
David is one cool guy – in an unpretentious package.
Mr. Anton Dekker
The aforementioned Anton runs a highly specialized composite workshop in the northern part of Pretoria. He is legendary in racing local racing circles, with the majority of his work commissioned by racing drivers wanting bespoke panels for increased performance. He also produces components for Lotus, Lamborghini, and Ferrari at a local level. With a soft spot for speed, he accordingly features in practically all of the Guild’s Porsche projects and bespoke carbon components.
Anton is the guy who says “Yes - we will make a plan’. And he always makes it work.