Cre­ative di­rec­tor who loves to give cars his very own per­sonal touch

A love of cars which be­gan at an early age Rich still en­dures for Colvill, cre­ative di­rec­tor at Leeds-based Agency TK.

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From as early as I can re­mem­ber I have been sur­rounded by cars. Grow­ing up, my dad was al­ways restor­ing or build­ing cars from scratch in his spare time, from AC Co­bras to a Rac­ing Coomb Jaguar MK11, he loved the de­tail and so did I.

You could say I am a true petrol­head and I com­pletely blame my dad for both ig­nit­ing and fu­elling my ob­ses­sion with mo­tor­ing.

My first car was a very stan­dard MKII Fi­esta when I was 17 and was def­i­nitely the start of my pas­sion. Just like I had seen my dad do many times, I took the car and de­cided to make it mine.

I gave it a full makeover and changed the in­te­rior com­pletely; I added a dif­fer­ent kit, new wheels, sus­pen­sion and changed the colour.

It was a real turn­ing point and def­i­nitely the start of things to come.

Whilst I am a sucker for most cars, my real love is Porsches and in par­tic­u­lar the 911. I am cur­rently work­ing on my 11th and I still haven’t strayed.

I have owned many over the years and each one has been mod­i­fied, re-cre­ated and then sold on.

I put de­sign over purism. I want a car I can stand and look at be­cause of its de­tails rather than how it was in­tended.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love the orig­i­nals but I wouldn’t be able to keep it pure for long.

I am a de­signer, so I find it im­pos­si­ble to leave it as it is – there is al­ways an im­prove­ment to be made in my eyes.

If I had to choose my dream car it’s an easy choice, and I would go for a Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron, but from a de­sign per­spec­tive I would opt for a Lam­borgh­ini Miura.

It’s a pretty un­beat­able car when it comes to de­sign and I also love the ethos of Lam­borgh­ini – orig­i­nally a trac­tor maker who was up­set with his Fer­rari and so he de­cided to show them how it should be done.

That re­ally res­onates with me and my cre­ative side.

I love my mod­i­fi­ca­tions and cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful cars both in­side and out.

The in­te­ri­ors de­serve just as much love as the out­side.

But for now, I don’t think I will ever tire of my Porsches and like Fer­di­nand Porsche said: “It’s the car that no­body needs, but ev­ery­body wants.”

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HAVE WHEELS: Rich Colvill on two wheels and one of his Porsches.

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