MEET THE TEAM
Richard Illand - Director:
Richard was the original founder and capital investor of Pro-Porsche Ltd which saw very rapid growth whilst under his directorship; He has adopted the same strengths and qualities primarily focusing on customer service. Richard like Andy is a 100% petrol head having owned a wide variety of weird and wonderful cars. Richard is currently building a very wild and unique 1982 Porsche 911 SC Coupe that will be fitted with a monsterous V8 engine sat up-front. His other project is a pretty wild 1968 roof chopped VW Beetle that will have an air-cooled 911 engine sat in the back. Previously he has had the pleasure of owning a road legal Ford Pop Drag Car with a 6 litre modified engine a 1939 Wolseley with a monster V8 engine, a Porsche 911 Turbo replica and a Cal look VW Beetle to name but a few. Richard doesn't tend to get his hands dirty these days but you may just catch him assisting Andy on the bigger jobs, normally he is the one making sure that customers are being looked after and Richard prides himself on the high level of customer praise and positive feedback we receive, for a quick read visit our
Andrew Smith (Andy) - Technical Director:
Andy is a true petrol head in every sense of the phrase; eating, living, breathing and dreaming about Porsche. He has 20 years experience most of which has been spent either competing in or working in Motor Sport. His CV makes for impressive reading including being a Test/Race Technician in the Ginetta race series, a group C Le-Mans race car technician and a Group N technician for Subaru and Mitsubishi Rally Cars. He is putting together a rather special Porsche for himself which is a 944 that will run on throttle bodies although he is slowly piecing together a special sub 500 kilo Mini Turbo Hillclimb race car which should be ready later this year. You won't catch Andy making you a cup of tea or coffee, he is far too busy for that! Andy is an outstanding technician with a wealth of Porsche experience and is very keen on Porsche engine and performance development. He is an excellent engine builder whether it is an early air cooled or a later 997 engine. You can be rest assured your prized possession is in very capable hands. Andy is a family man married to Sarah with 6 year old daughter Layla and son matthew (2).
The Rest of the Team
Martin (Senior) - Senior Technician
Performance Porsche were lucky to have Martin join the team in 2015. Martin left school and went immediately into the motor trade, spending his first 12 years carrying out mechanical and restoration work as well as qualifying to be an MOT tester. He then spend the next 16 years teaching welding, fabrication and body work skills. Up until joining Performance Porsche, Martin spent the last 18 months preparing performance race engines.
He is an avid 50s fan and has a impressive collection of retro memorabilia and clothing. Martin's daily driver is a pretty cool 1962 Ford Consul Classic 315 with modern Zetec running gear. His longer term project is a 1949 American Ford F1 Hotrod.
Jon - Restoration Specialist
Morgan - Restoration Specialist
Sophie is Richard's eldest daughter and is no stranger to the Porsche brand having worked previously for Richard at Pro Porsche Limited.