This website is created by Paul Schilperoord and Lorenz Schmid. Paul Schilperoord is a writer/journalist and industrial designer from the Netherlands, who became fascinated by Josef Ganz and started to research his life and work. During his research he met Lorenz Schmid, who is a descendant of Josef Ganz’s uncle Alfred Ganz. From this first meeting a strong friendship started, as well as a strong passion to promote the life and work of Josef Ganz.

In 2009, Paul published his first book about Josef Ganz in the Netherlands. At the highly succesful book launch, he and Lorenz had the opportunity to drive one lap in Ganz’s original 1931 May Bug prototype on the racing circuit in Zandvoort.

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Paul (behind the wheel) & Lorenz in the 1931 May Bug prototype

The first Dutch book was followed by publications in Portuguese (2010), German (2011), and English (2012). A new, updated edition of the Dutch book was released in 2014. In 2017, Dutch production studio Submarine will realize a feature documentary about Josef Ganz based on Paul’s research.

In 2015, Paul and Lorenz purchased a unique 1933 Standard Superior Type 1 with its original chassis and running gear but largely modified bodywork. Their goal is to renovate this car back to original via a crowdfunding campaign. Together, they also own an unrestored Standard Superior Type 2 which will be used as an example for rebuilding the Type 1’s wooden bodywork.

Paul (left) and Lorenz (right) with the 1933 Standard Superior project car

Paul and Lorenz also own an original 1933 Standard Superior chassis. In 2015, Top Gear presentor James May displayed this chassis as part of his exhibition James May’s Cars That Changed The World at the London Classic Car Show.

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Standard Superior chassis at the London Classic Car Show 2015