Zen and the Art of Speedster Construction

Many years ago I read the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It was a very moving book, and it inspired my Dad and I to take a month riding our Harley Davidson motorcycles across the United States, from Cape Cod Massachusetts to Mendocino California. It was an incredible experience and I credit the book with lighting the fire that ultimately led to a life-changing trip.

I also credit the book with other things, one of which is extremely relevant to building Speedster replicas. Our cars are hand-built, which means there is nothing ‘cookie cutter’ about them. Every build is a little different. What worked on the last build does not necessarily mean that it’s going to work on the next one. This can be extremely frustrating, especially when you know you’ve got a (nice) customer who’s anxiously awaiting news about the completion of their car. When you’re stuck on one thing, your (or at least my) natural tendency is to try again and again and again and get more and more exasperated that no matter what you try, nothing works! That’s when “Zen” kicks in – I get up, walk away and go and focus on something else, ideally something completely different. Then guess what? I go back to the thing I couldn’t figure out, and I get it done first time. I've learned that so much of building cars is about state of mind.

If we don’t answer the phone, we’re either in a Zen state, or looking to get into one. Either way, we’ll get back to you!

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