LITTLE ANTON encompasses the true story of Professor Ferdinand Porsche, his life and times, his work and family.
Intertwined with his epic life.
Born in 1916, Bea follows in her grandmother’s Suffragette footsteps. Wealthy, spoiled, adventurous, reckless, cold hearted, and unabashedly racist, Beatrice admires and emulates many of the famous aviatrixes of the day––Emelia Earhardt, Beryl Markham, Lady Mary Heath, Amy Johnson, et al––who were at the time smashing records and sowing the seeds of feminism in a world dominated by the male, a world that was quickly changing as vast distances were shrunk by air travel. Bea learns to fly once at Cambridge University in 1934, and with the help of her four dear friends Peachy, Deardra, Alice, and the famous Amy Johnson, Bea purchases two airplanes with birthday diamonds and learns to air race with the best of them via Amy’s expert tutelage.
The lion’s share of the story unfolds Their immediate rival was Mercedes-Benz, Hitler’s favorite, whose own leading edge machines were famously monikered the “Silver Arrows.” Sponsor-centric Formula One Racing today the world over owes its direct bloodlines to the pre-war Grand Prix.
Hitler loved automobiles, their propaganda and image value, and wanted Germany to dominate international Grand Prix racing as a propaganda coup; in this he succeeded. There was a reason he was filmed countless times riding in a big, open top black Mercedes: the embodiment of tecnological achievement and power.
The sidebar Volkswagen project was his and Porsche’s offspring, a powerful State-financed tool to enable the “motorization” of the German populace, most especially eastward towards Hitler’s imagined, newly conquered lands.
Many prominent people in England took notice of Germany’s alarming policies and rearmament during the ideologically polarized, machine-age 1930’s, and brilliant scientists and engineers such as Porsche came under intense scrutiny. Civilian technologies such as rocketry, automotive, shipbuilding, nuclear physics, and commercial aircraft were nothing more than scantily cloaked test beds for future German weapon systems.
Armed with new skills via harsh SIS training, Bea ventures forth tvia Porsche and his protégé, a modest, salt-of-the-earth, young racing driver named Lutz Becker, a National Socialist Motorcorps (NSKK) motorcycle trooper of humble Bavarian origins. He of course drives for Auto Union.
Bea’s intimate friendship with the naïve, ambitious Lutz is the foundation of her metamorphosis from impetuous young girl to hardy grown woman, vice versa for likeable, hapless Lutz as well.
The adventure takes an unusual twist when Bea is swallowed body and soul by the ideological German war machine. War is inevitable, and she must find her way back to England.