A lot of people grew up wrenching in the garage with their fathers learning the basics; brakes, oil change, etc. Some of us were lucky enough to learn about building a car from the ground up. These are the fond memories usually shared between a father and son. Mine, on the other hand, were shared between father and daughter.
From the time I could carry a wrench, I was in the garage helping him work on his 1971 Chevy Nova SS. I remember a poster in our garage of a black 1967 Shelby GT500 and saying I would own one someday. When I was fifteen, my father taught me how to drive a manual transmission. It was a 1992 Plymouth Laser, non-turbo, front wheel drive.
My father passed away when I was sixteen, but my interest in cars has never waned. I grew away from muscle cars, though they do still have a special place in my heart. My very first car was a 1991 Honda Civic hatch with a B16 swap. Since then I have owned a 2001 S10 on 20’s, 1995 Honda Del Sol, modified 2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4, and my current love, my 2005 Aspen White Subaru WRX STi. I also currently own a flat black 1975 Honda CB350.
Being a female in the car scene is both entertaining and rewarding. I have established myself using my intelligence and knowledge, rather than the usual attention seeking antics most females tend to employ when entering a “man’s world”. I wanted to be taken seriously as a valued addition to the community and not just someone to “leg hump” on the local car forum.
The entertainment aspect comes from the comments and looks from people, mostly males, when they see a girl roll up in an STi. I was once offered a marriage proposal after racing and beating a young gentleman, coincidently, in a Nova SS. I have lost count of times I have been under the hood of my car, just checking things out, and a guy has stopped to ask me if I needed help. While a very chivalrous notion, I am perfectly capable at maintaining my vehicle.
I take pride in the fact that I am a very level headed and modest person; I am not in this for attention. I am in it because I have a genuine interest in the automotive world. Involving myself in the local car forums and hanging out in the garage with friends. I frequently attend the national rally events that are held in Michigan as well. I love the sense of community and family that I have gained from having an interest in cars. I also love the look on a guy’s face when a girl beats him at something that is predominantly a male sport.