“HIS TENACITY SHOULD SERVE AS INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US…”
I have to confess to being somebody with little patience when it comes to projects. Over the past 40+ years, I have built (or been involved with the building of) several project cars, from drag race VWS to my current Porsche. Most took no longer than a year to complete, the exception being El Chucho, my ‘912/6’, which took more than four years to reach fruition.
For me, that seemed like an eternity and I admit there were times when I felt like walking away from everything. Surely nothing could be worth that amount of effort?
So how on earth did Ralph Whitehead keep his spirits up while building his wonderful hot-rod 911 (above)? My project’s four-year timespan was nothing in comparison – Ralph’s rebuild took two decades from start to finish! OK, so life and a new family brought things to a halt on more than one occasion, but he never gave up and stuck rigidly to his plan to build a car quite unlike any other.
And now it’s finished, Ralph plans to enjoy it to the full – his journey may have been long but what a destination! His tenacity should serve as inspiration to all of us who feel like throwing in the towel when the winter nights draw in and the temperature in the garage begins to fall.