Published on July 10th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Jeff Zwart, a turbo 911 GT3 Cup car, Pike’s Peak, and Will Roegge
Will Roegge has done it again. Year after year he attends the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb competition as part of Jeff Zwart’s personal film crew, and every year he produces a breath-taking video of Zwart’s runs. One would imagine that it’s difficult to shoot the same event year-in, year-out without getting bored of it, but Roegge has plenty of talent up his sleeves.
Perhaps a little bit of background is in order. Just 6 years ago, Will Roegge started to play around with videography as he filmed various Formula Drift events in the states. His fantastic work was noticed by the right people, and he was quickly picked up by Speedhunters and various other media outlets to do automotive related filmography for them.
His career has been amazing to follow. In 2012 he produced one of the most definitive drift culture videos after travelling the United States in a Volkswagen Combi. He shot everything from professional drifters down to the grassroots level, and it was considered Video of the Year by Speedhunters.
To date, he has been commissioned by everyone from ESPN Sports to Autoblog, as well as a slew of automotive manufacturers who sought a commercial director with a fresh perspective on cars. He became extremely well versed in Pursuit Systems videography, which is the kind of video work that requires a secondary car with a camera boom. His portfolio is extensive, and he still manages to shoot the odd grassroots event in between his commercial work.
Jeff Zwart is also a film director, as well as a racecar driver. A genuine Porsche-phile, he started out driving his father’s Porsche 901 before graduating to a number of other Porsche vehicles. His racing career began with Formula Ford cars and quickly progressed into rally events. He’s competed in Pikes Peak for a number of years, using the 911 as his weapon of choice. Starting out with a 911 GT3 Cup Car, he briefly swapped to a 911 GT2, before going back to a 911 GT3 Cup Car with a turbocharger to compensate for the lack of oxygen at higher altitudes. He has mentored Roegge for the time that they have worked together, and his excellent commercial background complements Roegge’s more artistic perspective of the automotive world.