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Mans car draws national attention
Featured Tuesday on Speed TV show
Forsyth County resident Jim Nelsons Ultima GTR will be featured Tuesday in My Ride Rules on Speed TV. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

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Watch “My Ride Rules” at 10 p.m. Tuesday on SpeedTV to see Jim Nelson and his Ultima GTR.

Jim Nelson has gotten used to turning heads when he drives his rare car through Forsyth County.

On Tuesday, the Ultima GTR will be front and center as it’s featured in “My Ride Rules” on Speed TV.

The cable channel’s Web site describes the show as “four ultra-competitive, thrill-seeking motor heads take a spin together in each other’s rides to see whose car really comes out on top and whose is left in the dust.”

Nelson’s British car, one of about 150 in the U.S., will go up against a 1966 Chevy C10, a 2001 Acura NSX and a restored 1934 Ford Roadster.

Nelson said his Ultima got noticed at a nearby car show. He was invited to send in an application for the show, which filmed five episodes in Atlanta early this year.

He was selected out of more than 2,000 applicants.

Nelson said he’s had the vehicle for a little more than a year. Since it’s made in the U.K., Americans can have a full car or the parts shipped to assemble.

He opted to find one in the U.S. instead.

“I love this car. It’s my favorite project,” Nelson said. “I found it, cleaned it up, worked out a lot of the little bugs and issues, and now I’m just trying to enjoy it.”

The Ultima is a two-seat, mid-engine car that Nelson said looks similar to a Ferrari, but is much easier to work on and has a Chevrolet Corvette engine.

Nelson said he’s been into cars for as long as he can remember, working on them as a child with his father and brother.

He’s had several muscle cars, such as the Dodge Charger and Ford Mustang, neither of which received the attention that his Ultima GTR does.

“Everywhere I go, somebody’s either taking a photo of it or videotaping it,” he said. “It’s kind of strange that way … but it’s fun to talk to people about it.”