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 todd@v8.co.nz

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