Ilike to think of myself, rightly or — most likely — wrongly, as a fairly hands- on sort of person when it comes to building cars. I’m generally willing to give anything a shot, but, at the same time, I know my limitations; my desire for perfection is often well beyond my average, at best, abilities. Ian Neary, the owner of this issue’s cover car, takes being hands on to a whole different level. Sure, he’s a perfectionist, too — in reality, well beyond that, if there is such a thing — but he’s willing to give absolutely any part of vehicle building a shot. As you’ll see when you check out the article on Ian’s Plymouth GTX, the car is nothing short of mind blowing. It’s the type of car that would easily cost more than the average house build if you were paying someone to do it — except that Ian’s done the bulk of the work himself. By that, I don’t mean the jobs such as assembly and disassembly, which I’d be happy doing, but panel work, paintwork, fabrication — the lot — and all in his humble home garage. Ian was so hands on during the build that I almost expected him to buy a sewing machine and stitch up the interior himself; he’s that type of guy. While I have no doubt that Ian’s passion and enthusiasm might wind some people up, you’ve got to give it to the guy for building a car that’s truly world class and that he’s so passionate about. It’s a build that I’ve been lucky enough to follow right from the beginning. When Ian started outlining his plans for it, plenty of people thought it’d never happen. After all, he’s just a regular type of guy, not the head of a multinational moneymaking machine that could easily cover the costs entailed in a build like this. I guess what it comes down to is having the right attitude and a bit of tenacity to do the things that may not, in all reality, be sensible — at least not in the minds of everyone else. That old saying, ‘If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right’, probably sums it up. Ian thought he could do it when many others didn’t, and, now, I’m stoked to see, his dreams have become a reality and his hard work has created a world-class car that could hold its own anywhere around the globe. That’s pretty good going for a guy with no formal mechanical training and a car built in a suburban garage. My congratulations go out to Ian for all his efforts. They’re truly nothing short of amazing and an inspiration to all other home builders out there.
Catch you next month, Todd firstname.lastname@example.org