Johan-Frank Dirickx has around 50 Porsches because he loves the quality of cars that Stuttgart produces.
A Belgian Porsche enthusiast by the name of Johan-Frank Dirickx (with around 50 of the sports cars) has opened up about his obsession with the Stuttgart-based automaker's creations, recounting how the love affair began when he was just 10 years old. At the time, his grandfather, Jim Delwiche, asked, "Johan, what kind of car do you think I should buy? A Porsche or a Corvette?" It's pretty apparent which he chose, but he insists that his collection is about quality, not quantity. That's certainly true, as we're about to see.
"My grandfather drove a British sports car - but didn't feel it was practical for everyday use," recalls Dirickx. "That moment would change everything." Dirickx adds that his grandfather started with a 2.0-liter 911 Targa S, followed by a 2.2-liter 911 S, and then a 2.4-liter S.
"When a bright-yellow Carrera RS 2.7 joined the ranks, I realized I was officially addicted to the 911."
On passing his driver's test, a young Dirickx was allowed to drive the cars he had seen his grandfather collect over the years, which confirmed his love for the Porsche 911.
At 18, he bought his first 911 - a used 911 T. But like so many sports cars available today, it wasn't in great condition, and the young man had no money to restore the car, which meant he had to sell it shortly after. While studying economics, he still got the opportunity to drive his grandfather's cars, which only reinforced his love for the rear-engine sports car.
"I'll never forget the time I drove the 911 Turbo on the streets of Antwerp, which at that time were nearly empty," says Dirickx. We think he may be slyly admitting to breaking the speed limit, but who in his position would not have pushed the boundaries a little?
That experience left an indelible mark on him, and today, his collection includes two 930-generation 911 Turbos: a 3.0-liter and a 3.3. The man took great care of these cars, evident in the second 911 he ever bought, a stunning 964 RS in Rubystar, which he purchased at 33 and still owns. This car, says Dirickx, "embodies the true spirit of a race car." That bright-yellow RS that his grandfather owned helped him appreciate a lightweight sports car, and after 30 years, Dirickx found that very car outside Barcelona. Sadly, it had been "destroyed," with the new owner having restored it on the basis of a 911 T body.
He couldn't own the exact example he wanted, but he now has two others, one of which is the ultra-rare RS 2.7 homologation lightweight.
As great as those cars are, "the holy grail" of his collection is a 1967 911 R, of which only 20 were made. "Unfortunately, it's so valuable that you really shouldn't drive it anymore," says Dirickx. He's not wrong - some examples have sold for over $5 million, and the 911 R will likely never depreciate. His collection is truly fabulous, and he now proudly owns all of the air-cooled RS models.
"I now also have the RS 3.0, the 3.0 RSR, and my recently acquired 934," beams the enthusiast. "I even have two 911 SC/RS models. There were only 20 of those made."
The collector has even raced in the 12 Hours of Sebring, Le Mans Classic, and twice in the 24 Hours of Daytona, although he enjoys rallying and drifting more. His passion is undeniable, and it all started with a simple question asked by his grandfather.
We salute you, sir, and wish you many more years of collecting 911s.