My name is Matthew Kanniah. I grew up in a small farming town in the Free State in South Africa. I am the son of a fashion designer and a librarian. We did not grow up wealthy or privileged, but we did the best we could with what we had. In the late 80s, my father out of love for my mother, saved up with all his money and bought his very first Porsche. It wasn't much but it was his dream car. Arriving from Germany was a 718 RSK replica. This gave birth to the infamous Porsche bug. It was the family crown jewel. Despite bad economies and loss of income and more children, the car remained with the family. In a petrolhead family surrounded by constant peoples cars, my birth in the 90s brought forward a deep desire and love for for the automotive world. Over time, life happened, work changed, Apartheid ended and we moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1997, and sadly with that the car disappeared. At the age of 5, I did not know the whereabouts of the car and simply carried on being a child.
During my school years I always had a deep desire for Porsche and the iconic 911. While many opted for the exotic nature of other cars, my love for the best sports car in the world remained.
During 2015 in the middle of the year I used my passion for cars and applied to be a contributor for a car website to show my work called DRIVETRIBE. After a few weeks I was accepted and this started and sparked my future career as a professional photographer and motoring journalist. For the next two years I worked hard enough and continued to do what I love and turned my dreams into a reality and my reality into a salary, all thanks to Clarkson, Hammond and May.
It was through this I gained the attention of Porsche South Africa in late 2018, a dream come true in many ways because my first endevour was an international trip to the United Arab Emriates to drive the new Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxter variants. I was finally able to experience a modern day Porsche product and was blown away. I left changed, inspired and in awe of Porsche and it's products.
When I returned home, I received a phone call from my father saying that he had a surprise for me, he had found a long lost family item after nearly 20 years. When I arrived home, I could not believe my eyes. My father took out his phone and showed me a photograph of a dusty, old rusted car that literally made me speechless. It was the Porsche he had made in 1987. As a 26 year old turning 27 motoring journalist and self made car enthusiast, this was everything to me. I had been united with so many Porsche memories from childhood, to present day work, to a timeless memory.
I have decided to take on this personal and private project to restore a classic and a long lost passion for the Porsche family blood that runs in my veins. To the 31 year old project, you will live on and the Porsche legacy will live on. Fate united us together and over time, no matter what happened, a Porsche always found it's way as a breakthrough and symbol of success.
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