The initial disappointment is wearing off as Caterham and I have agreed a way forward. So, time for me to focus on the positives. This hiccup actual brings up an important lesson I have learned during my first build: Not everything will go smoothly and according to plan. There will be highs and lows along the way, and it’s all just part of the process. Look at it this way, every car-building programme on the Discovery Channel always has that point when things go wrong, cue the dramatic music and panic about a self-imposed deadline… So, if they can’t get it right all the time, why should my car build be any different?

Delivery day for me was always going to be about discovery; discovery of what I have (and what I don’t have), where it is and where I am going to store it. The best source of this information is provided by Caterham in the “Pick List Report”. My report was 21 pages long, and – after taking a copy – the rest of the day my wife and I worked through this report, finding the parts, ticking them off (or listing them as missing) and recording any observations. Reading this report isn’t easy, because it lists all parts used to build the car, even if they are already fitted to the chassis or engine. It helps to use the listed part number to lookup an image of the part on the Caterham Parts website ( when the description is a bit cryptic.

This time, my report had some references to the boxes in which the parts had been delivered, which was helpful.

Completing this exercise will reduce the time you spend later on looking for parts during the build. I also believe that this is an excellent document to keep in your records, because it provides every part number used on your car, which makes purchasing spare parts simpler in the future.

My next step? Well, there isn’t much I can do at the moment. I will try and create some sub-assemblies, but nothing that becomes too bulky and cumbersom to store.