Many people don't seem to know why I'm building and racing this car. The short story is, I'm a disabled veteran, who served with a brother in arms who gave his life for this country. My friend, PVT Michael J Deutsch, went to Infantry school with me in 2002. He's the one who got me into cars, and drove a Nissan 300ZX twin turbo. The plan was, we would meet up while on leave, and he'd take me for a drive. 6 months later, he was killed by an anti-tank mine while serving during Iraqi Freedom. I vowed I would live for the both of us, and promised myself that some day, I would build a car in his memory. It took nearly 15 years, but I finally built a life for myself where I could. .
But, building and driving this car, is also therapy for me. I am both physically and psychologically disabled, and am receiving regular treatment from the VA. I suffer from a severe service connected anxiety disorder, and from a form of traumatic stress disorder. The VA classifies it as PTSD, but I disagree with them. I was in a violent combat unit in the Airborne Infantry that made it clear that I was not one of them, where I was both physically and psychologically abused, to the point where I ended up in the hospital with injuries. I now walk with a cane half the time, and suffer from tremors, muscular disorders, muscle spasms, and micro-seizures. I am on medication daily to treat this and to live a normal life as best I can, along with medical treatment for my psychological disorders... I race, to overcome my disabilities. .
The car is called Nozarashi, because it loosely translates to "exposed in the field, weather worn, abandoned, forgotten". It represents those forgotten and left to the elements, like myself, and like my boy who gave his life. The journey of building this car, building it with friends, driving her with friends... That's the primary mission. I'm building and driving this car to heal from what I went through 15 years ago, and to remember my friend who gave his life.
I've been hesitant to tell anyone but close friends this story. Now you know... 📷 by @its_collin_perryman
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