Spending countless hours and vast sums of money on a project like this - that's commitment.
Question: supposing you somehow managed to get your mitts on some genuine race car parts - dampers, wishbones, a dashboard, and a steering wheel - what would you do with them? If you're Alexander Charles Buckley, you might just decide to build an entire stunningly faithful race car replica around those parts alone.
The UK man has spent the last six years or so quietly working on a recreation of the Bentley Speed 8 racing prototype that went one-two at the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans, after securing those authentic Speed 8 parts - and maybe a few others, as the headlamps and centerlock wheels certainly look authentic. Almost equally impressive, the race car replica boasts a carbon fiber seat out of a Bugatti Veyron.
Outside of those parts, Buckley's Bentley Speed 8 replica today consists of a mostly empty carbon fiber body shell, but that shell is one impressive piece of work. Every single detail has been painstakingly recreated, from the straight-edged front spoiler with its NACA duct-like inlets, to the tall, protruding air scoops ahead of either rear wheel well, with such attention to detail that we wager just about anyone would assume it's genuine.
Granted, that's partly because the alternative - that a man has spent more than half-a-decade pouring is blood, sweat, and tears into a super-accurate race car replica - is just so hard to wrap one's mind around.
Despite all his hard work, Buckley has nearly given up on the Bentley Speed 8 project on at least one occasion, even posting it for sale on eBay and Facebook earlier in the month, asking for the equivalent of around $30k. Thankfully, other people on the social media platform managed to talk Buckley out of selling the product of all his hard work, saying it was a decision he would regret for the rest of his life.
We tend to share that sentiment, and we can't wait to see the result when Buckley finally finishes his custom race car replica.