World famous auto racer Hans Stuck persuaded Mercedes-Benz to build him a car for an attempt on the world land speed record. The project, officially sanctioned by Hitler himself, started in 1937. Designer Dr. Ferdinand Porsche targeted a speed of 465 mph. But the car was fated never to run at this velocity. And in fact no car with a conventional engine ever did. Hans Stuck would have driven the T80 over a special stretch of the Dessau Autobahn. The attempt was set for the January 1940 ‘Rekord Woche’, but the outbreak of WWII intervened; the event was cancelled and the T80 garaged. It took until 1964 for Art Alfons to surpass the T80’s target speed when he reached 544 mph in the turbojet-powered ‘Green Monster’.
A man scavenges the streets of Rotterdam, picking up old doors and boards; materials considered worthless by others. He turns them into beautiful and spectacular works of art in his workshop, celebrating the inventiveness and perseverance of humanity as well as its frailty and failures. Welcome to the portfolio of Ron van der Ende. Just click the images. Any work is only two steps away.