Bucket list

New Zealand Classic Car - - Editorial -

After read­ing Garry Boyce’s story in this is­sue about his won­der­ful ad­ven­ture through South Amer­ica with fel­low Kiwi Ken Wil­liams in the co-driver’s seat as they tack­led The Rally of the In­cas, I got think­ing.

For many of us, th­ese ad­ven­tures, es­pe­cially when they in­volve clas­sic cars, are a must for any bucket list, which brought me to an­other point — where was mine?

I can re­mem­ber pre­par­ing a bucket list sev­eral years ago, and, after much search­ing, dis­cov­ered it tucked away in the bow­els of my hard drive. I wasn’t sur­prised to see that I hadn’t done too well in achiev­ing my goals.

What I found ever more dis­con­cert­ing, though, was the fact that the list was quite achiev­able; after all, I hadn’t wished to be on the in­au­gu­ral flight to Mars or wanted to put a Bu­gatti Vey­ron in the garage. On the con­trary, I’d seemed to take a more con­ser­va­tive ap­proach and added things like at­tend­ing an In­di­anapo­lis 500 mo­tor race and driv­ing one of my all-time favourite cars — a Lam­borgh­ini Coun­tach. The lat­ter was achieved a few years ago while it was in our stu­dio for a photo shoot. The owner was kind enough to let me drive his amaz­ing ma­chine for a brief but mem­o­rable pe­riod — tick.

For me, the list was quite sim­ply all the things I wanted to do in life, and to tick them off one by one as I did them. A list of dreams that hope­fully one day would come true was not some­thing I found easy to do, and then life some­how got in the way and more im­me­di­ate con­cerns be­came a pri­or­ity, as I’m sure most of you con­cur. The dreams be­came less and less rel­e­vant — un­til re­cently.

Garry and Ken’s story in­spired me to re­visit my list and start ticking off all the things I’ve al­ways wanted to do. After all, life is short, folks, so, if you haven’t al­ready done so, I urge you to put pen to pa­per and make a wish list — a list that’s real, with per­sonal sig­nif­i­cance, and be­gin the jour­ney.

Ash­ley Webb Ed­i­tor

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