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- With an Audi R8 V10 and a Monster Jeep

When you hear the words “self-made” you automatica­lly think success and that is true in this instance. The term “self-made man” was a classic phrase coined by Henry Clay of the United States in 1832; it is defined by an individual whose success lays within them, as opposed to outside conditions. This is true when it comes to, Ranvir Singh, who also happens to love cars as much as us.

As I was navigated into the house, I didn’t know what to expect, I was briefed to cover a piece of the owner of an Audi R8. In my mind I pictured a 50-something elderly man, on the brink of retirement, having made his millions and ready to jet off into the horizon having paid his dues in the workplace. This image was instantly erased as I was welcomed by Ranvir, a 37 year old, computer buff, who knew exactly what to do and how to do it in order to achieve the success he has attained over the years. The co-founder of InfoSys Software Solutions, a custom design software company, which was in operation for 11 years, before being bought by HealthBrid­ge, a world-class medical billing software company, for a very handsome fee.

I’ve always believed that in order to achieve success, you must surround yourself with success, but what are the components for success? Ranvir, mentions his routine is like every other person, he wakes up, showers, prays, coffee, work, lunch, end the working day at 6pm - sounds pretty normal. True success is determined by the attitude you give to your work and to those you work with.

There’s more to life than just work, it would be a crime if I didn’t ask Ranvir about his hobbies, besides driving and collecting fast cars. Despite being heavily involved in the binary world, Ranvir, has never took on the gaming experience, but instead invested his time in collecting and building (not playing) classic LEGO constructi­ons. Kids play with LEGO, adults build LEGO. Besides building and inventing, which is another interest in the mind of Ranvir, he has also taken it upon himself to purchase the world’s largest pieced puzzle, coming in at a mammoth, 40 320 pieces – the Ravensburg­er Disney moments jigsaw puzzle. From LEGO, to puzzles and even building his own JEEP, yes you read right, a JEEP Wrangler Unlimited – built on his own, over 2 months, in 2016.

As we made our way through the labyrinth pathway to get to the garages, parked in one corner, the black beast R8 V10, convertibl­e, glistening it all its splendour, it truly was, amore a prima vista, a remarkable feat for German engineerin­g. “I would never take this car out unless the top is down,” were the wise words that Ranvir uttered to me as I ogled his latest addition to his lot. Adjacent to the black beauty was the majestic Chevrolet Lumina SSV, 6 litre, V8 Sedan, his third car ever purchased. Both machines echoing a scene from an installmen­t of the Fast and the Furious franchise. “Top speed?” I eagerly asked. “301!” was the response and let’s leave it at that. When asked about his motoring upbringing, Ranvir, mentions that his first car was a Toyota Corolla 1.6 in the early 2000’s, he then progressed and became the first member in his family to purchase something out of the box (pun intended), a Honda Civic 1.8. Next up on his list is the Lamborghin­i Aventador, out of reach? I don’t think so.

I have met many unique individual­s in my life, but this under 40, self-made businessma­n with an interest in exploring the depths of technology has made me keen to know what is next on the agenda. Only time will tell…

Check out the inside back cover of this issue and our website for more awesome photos of Ranvir’s Audi R8.

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