On the day where we learn that a Scottish majority has rejected independence from England, we remember the birthday of Ferry Porsche: inspirational founder of the independent Porsche company and great champion of creative freedom.

Ferry Porsche Independence

“Committees are timid,” said Ferry. “Based on the premise of safety in numbers, they tend to survive rather than take risks, and move independently ahead.

“Independence has always been the attitude at Porsche. To do not what is expected, but what feels right. In the beginning, I looked around and could not find quite the car I dreamed of: the small, lightweight sports car which used power efficiently. So I decided to build it myself.

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“So many creations today are just like all the rest. This is why Porsche must remain small and independent. Without independence – without the freedom to try new ideas – the world will not move ahead, but live in fear of its own potential.

“Committees lead to creations that have no soul, no clear identity. This is why no Porsche will ever be created by a committee, but by a handful of people inside these walls who know what a Porsche is.”

RIP, Ferry. Your ideals of independence live on within some of us.

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