In which Pedey finds out what it’s like be­ing on the other side of the equa­tion

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You know what’s weird? I’ve been do­ing this job — pho­tograph­ing and writ­ing about cars — for over a decade now, but un­til yes­ter­day, I’d never re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced what it’s like to be on the other side of the equa­tion — as the car builder (or co-builder with my wife, I should say).

If you flick over to page 36, you’ll see that Per­for­mance­Car’s edi­tor Mar­cus re­cently of­fered to fea­ture our Dat­sun Z project, a car you may rec­og­nize from th­ese col­umns I write, or from a few years ago, back when I worked at NZPC and was doc­u­ment­ing the build of the car in each is­sue.

Of course we agreed straight away, but didn’t re­ally think too much more about it un­til yes­ter­day morn­ing, when we got up early (not some­thing that hap­pens too of­ten) to begin de­tail­ing the car for the shoot. Ev­ery last bit of Au­tosol was squeezed from its tube, fin­gers were rubbed raw with pol­ish and tyre shine was fly­ing ev­ery­where, but I wasn’t com­plain­ing at all: I was ex­cited.

I think in do­ing this job you very quickly be­come numb to the ex­pe­ri­ence and for­get that, for an owner of a car, hav­ing a shoot done for a pres­ti­gious mag­a­zine like NewZealandPer­for­manceCar is pretty damn cool. I re­mem­ber pick­ing up NZPC as an an­noy­ing teenager, and dreaming of the day it would print just one tiny pic­ture of my car in there some­where, and I still re­call the first time it hap­pened — with a minis­cule shot of my old Nis­san Q45 from some Au­tos­a­lon event. I was so pumped at the time, but the sub­se­quent years have cer­tainly dulled my ex­cite­ment, and I think made me for­get just how cool it is when pro­fes­sional writ­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers take an in­ter­est in your car, and pro­duce their own take on all your hard work.

Be­ing able to sit down and watch top-dog pho­tog­ra­pher Adam Croy — some­one I’ve col­lab­o­rated with count­less times when shoot­ing other peo­ple’s ve­hi­cles — take the time to pho­to­graph our car was a plea­sure, and the whole thing has made me re­al­ize that while it’s just an ev­ery­day job for me, it’s a pretty cool ex­pe­ri­ence for those who are see­ing a pay­off for all their pas­sion, hard work, and money spent. A big thank you to Mar­cus and the NZPC team for choos­ing to fea­ture our car and giv­ing us the full fea­ture­owner ex­pe­ri­ence — it was a blast, and has made me more con­scious of both sides of the equa­tion when it comes to my own work as an au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ist.

Next month, I’ll most likely be writ­ing this col­umn from some­where over­seas (I haven’t quite worked out ex­act de­tails yet …), so thank­fully I’ll be able to stop bor­ing you with rants about my own car, and get back out into the wide world to see what I can find!

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