Happy New Year and all that — yep, it feels like it was ages ago already, but time waits for no one, so they say. Sadly, even this early in the new year, that’s proving not to be the case. A more accurate saying would be that time waits for slack and unreliable tradies. We’ve only just kicked off the year, and already the horror stories are coming in thick and fast of people waiting for vehicles they were promised would be finished long ago. Don’t get me wrong; I know as well as anyone that nothing ever goes to plan, and things always take longer and cost more than you expect, but what’s really disheartening is hearing some of the lies and excuses that are being dished out to vehicle owners. I know that I certainly prefer hearing the truth about expected timelines, rather than to be told that progress is being made when it’s not or to be given unrealistic expectations. Quite how some people stay in business, or stay employed, is beyond me, but I can only assume they’re good at finding new people to dupe money out of as they leave their trail of destruction behind them. While the hope is that karma will one day catch up with those who inflict such lies and deceit on others, sometimes it does seem as if the karma train needs a horsepower injection to hurry it up. The good news is that there are positive stories behind the builds of all the cars we’ve managed to lock down for this issue. Their quality? That’s right up there, too — thanks, in a few cases, to the owners being so dedicated and hands on with their projects. We’ve also managed to sort out a story that I’ve been wanting to get into print for some time — about one of New Zealand’s little-known success stories. Tom Morland is the name, and, even if it’s one you’re not familiar with, the story is well worth a read. The guy’s creativity and workmanship, even back in the 1980s, was impressive. Sadly, he is no longer around, but some of his workmanship lives on. Being that this is the first issue of the new year, we’ve managed to score a few weeks’ break over the Christmas period, as well as put some time into planning what’s coming up. Of course, we’re not going to let the cat out of the bag; let’s just say for now that we’ve got a long list of impressive vehicles that we’re trying to get into these pages over the coming months. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. Catch you next month.