Ians Dad, Bryan, always wanted to participate in the Great Race. In 2012 the Deerings made it a family affair to fulfill Bryans dream. (Ians mother, Pam, and sister, Angie, also participated as the support crew.) They entered the 2012 Great Race and won the Rookie Division in Bryans 1929 Model A Ford.
Although Ian was exposed to antique & collectible cars his entire life he never took a serious interest in cars. However, he liked the lines of the 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint Convertible.
In December of 2012 Ian received a bachelor of business administration in management information systems degree and accepted a position at Steelcase, Inc. as a product data analyst. Being gainfully employed, and using his 2012 Great Race Rookie prize money as a down payment, Ian purchased his first classic car.