NZV8 - - NEWS - Catch you next month, Todd

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.

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