Posted: January 20, 2012 in 300ZX Build, Documentary
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I lost my right hand at age 12, but never let that stop me from pursuing ambitions in life, especially my love of cars!

I’ve been building cars since 16 and am self-taught. I’m a pretty determined guy, and capable of doing almost anything despite the loss of my hand. If I run into issues because of it – I fabricate a tool, strap something to my arm… whatever it takes to make it work!

I’m in the early stages of building a Nissan 300ZX for track duty (road racing), the majority of which will be filmed for a documentary about amputees pursuing their dreams. But first a little background…

I was a drag racer for most of my life, and campaigned a self-built 10 sec. Mustang in the 90’s, as well as many other cars over the years. As I got older, I got the itch for road racing to really push my racing/driving skills and the limits of my disability. Out of this came the idea for the film.

I’m a Documentary Editor by trade – and worked on films for HBO, PBS, & ESPN to name a few.

In the beginning, I would have never thought of doing a film like this, as I don’t like to consider myself “handicapped” in any way – but when people would hear about me building cars in my garage on the weekends they would always say, “That would make a great documentary.” So the idea for the film was born.

The overall theme of the film is that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and that we (amputees) do this for the love of it like anyone else, not because we have anything to prove.

I hope to inspire fellow amputees (and able-bodied people alike) to make the most of life and follow their dreams despite limitations. The goal for the film is to produce a theatrical doc that would play the film festival circuit and possibly get picked up for broadcast (TV, theatrical, etc).

So please follow along and enjoy the ride!

Jason Schneider

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