IT’S HARD WORK
Each and every month, we are lucky enough to get up close and personal with some of the best-built cars put together by our fellow Kiwis. We get behindthe-scenes access to myriad workshops and have in-depth conversations with those building cars for themselves and for others. We deal with those involved in unashamedly higher budget builds and those who produce amazing results on a limited budget — each and every one of the owners and builders positive about what they’ve created. While we often touch on the challenges involved in the builds of our feature cars — because building a car is very rarely a straightforward process — what we don’t normally get into is just how soul-destroyingly difficult and frustrating that process can be and, sadly, often is. I got thinking about this when out in the garage doing some things that I thought would be simple. My wife often gives me shit that every time I say that something will just take an hour or two, she always knows to double it, as whatever the task at hand is, it always takes more time than I say it will — the time I truly believe it will take. I don’t think it’s that I’ve got terrible time management; more that even the simple things never go as smoothly as they should. I guess the challenges that we go through, often in the quest for perfection, are what links all car builders, be they professional, first time, or experienced — they’ve all gone through them, and they all understand them. The way in which we deal with the difficulties and the frustration is undoubtedly one factor that separates those with unfinished projects from those with completed ones, as it’s all too easy to walk away when the going gets tough. However, with the number of cool old cars on the road and with more and more arriving at every event, there’s clearly no shortage of people with the determination to overcome the struggles involved in building a car. To those with completed projects, regardless of how complex they are, how long they took to build, or how hands-on you were, I salute you. It’s not easy creating your dreams, but the feeling of success when you get there is well worth the rocky road. We’ve packed this issue full of more of those success stories, and I hope you enjoy it.