Women Who Love Their Cars: ‘It’s All About A Sister’
00:00 One thing that you'll notice when you're here
at this women's car show is a lot of the, a lot of the ladies they like to dress like
their car and like accessorize it and what, what better fashion accessory then, you know
chromed out shiny, classy, classic car, you can express yourself a lot through your car.
And the fun thing is when you have a classic car, you can do all sorts of modifications
to it to make it your own. We host
00:27 women and wheels once a year. It's a woman
led event for women by women. We had over 100 vehicles here on display over 1000 guests
and I realized that there really was a lot of women in the industry we just weren't highlighted.
I'm mighty Salera. I'm the Executive Director here at the Zimmerman automobile driving museum.
So all the vehicles that were on display today were owned by women, and a lot of them have
a lot of great history on why they decided to restore these or have these vehicles. It's
usually because of a father figure or somebody else in their family that had a vehicle and
they just want to keep the tradition going.
00:59 I'm afraid to paint her because she's like,
you know, people always said like, they don't believe like when they meet a black woman
like we age like fine wine. And I feel like this car represents that like just the you
know, the little stretch marks that we will call right here's everything about it's just
all about a system. That's why That's how I writer, I mean, I'm a product of South Central.
You know, I grew up in Carson by way to Compton, which where I live now. Oh, my first first
home where I still live there now, but I've had a partner for nine years. And I became
part of his life and he was a supernatural law writer. He introduced me to cars on an
intimate level we would spend we would go to cars and coffee all over California. And
he had a 64 convertible Chevy Impala. And the first time I ever was came to the show
was four years ago and I drove his 64 Impala convertible and I won an award. And he asked
me, Well, what was your what's your dream car, I said, How came I really love, I'd love
to own a convertible Mustang. You know, I had a sister who died of cancer at 36. And
her first car was a Mustang. And I've always loved him. And I never thought he would find
me a 60 for one of the first original ones. You know, he researched the serial numbers,
we know where this car come from. And he felt the car he negotiated the price he named her
and he passed them timber knife. So when I come to the show, I think if he have also
time he lives in this car, everywhere I go, people stop. And they want to tell me about
a story of their life through this mistake. And I've met so many people. And as lonely
as I feel not having my king, this car has become my best friend. Because it connects
me to him. And his name was Hakeem card. He's my king. And he brought cinnamon into my life
when we drive it places and people want to stop him to talk to me, I immediately want
to tell him the whole history of the car. And when you sit down, he's like, you ain't
got to tell them everything you ain't got you ain't gotta let it all out. I gave I never
been this one. Before I say you made me another creature. I said I can't help him talk about
it. She made me happy. And that's the truth. So when I drag her and people off, oh, I feel
like I'm in a fucking parade flow. When I drive his car. People will literally slow
down on the freeway. And I've been trying to ignore him and act like he told me to act.
But I can't help them look over say I know she bad. I can't help but look at they right.
I know she's mad.
03:27 Sexy they are. They're just like women, right?
They got the hips, they have the beautiful lines. They have all the bells and whistles
just like the 1958 Chevy Impala, we try and restore the cars. By looking at all the little
details. It's been an absolute blast. It's so much fun to restore these classics, and
just to be able to find these original pieces, looking for the original piece. It's like
a scavenger hunt all day long, right and constantly finding that Chase and it's amazing. Restoring
cars has taught me a lot about life. It has taught me to be patient, to pay attention
to the little details in life and to not take anything for granted. I am a native of California
born and raised in Southern California and the car community. It's big in Southern California,
but it's so small. Everybody knows everybody. It's a lot of networking.
04:21 It's you know, it really is family. You
04:25 know, we see our kids grow up together. We
go to each other's houses we I mean it's it's it's just a big family and I love it. So
04:34 my name is Rebecca mean and I'm the owner
of this 1961 Mercury comment. I'm also the owner of Anaheim rod and custom full service
restoration shop in Anaheim, California. I started doing that business about seven, eight
years ago when I was pregnant with my first child so great state of California. I think
that our climate is you know what puts us on the map. We've got great weather all A
time with this great weather comes cars that are not too weathered. So we have a lot of
cars that are already in good shape. In California, you have a really busy freeway and you have
a short on ramp and you need to get your car up to speed and be able to merge in with the
flow of traffic. I found that it was too gutless to merge onto California freeways with the
inline six that was originally in the car. So with a 170 cc engine, it was fine in 1961,
because you're with other cars that are going that pace, but now you're riding with cars
we're at is like the standard speed to go with this car, I put a 5.0302 roller cam 302
and the engine but it wasn't designed to have you know that type of engine in the car. So
I had to intern do this suspension redo the rear end, I just had a lot of fun. I used
to be a president of a all female car club where we worked on our own cars during that
time. So I loved tinkering and learning every everything about the car like I had my hands
on every aspect of this car. I found that once I had the children i i drove him more
like a grandma and this car really needs someone behind the wheel. That's that's gonna drive
it the way that was meant to be driven. My 1961 comment is actually up for grabs. If
anyone wants to have this high performance 302 Classy classic car. Fingers crossed that
I will sell it to someone who's actually going to race it, because that's what I built it
06:30 reverence that you have for an innate object
like this that has seen that has gone through wars, the Vietnam War, she made it through
that she made it through the Civil Rights era she made it doesn't card she 58 years
old. She has seen all that with the same page right there with the same interior and she
does. So now she made the all the way there. To me. So it's like I feel like there's a
part of like, my destiny, my history. It taught me about resilience. She's a strong girl,
the emotion she evokes in people. This the strength of this, this interior, it was built
in the fashion of a woman. I'm able to go out alone on my own when I fell in love. I
literally will take this car, I live in Southern California. I mean she was mentally blessed.
And I put the top down on this car. And I said God got you girl. Look at you. Look at
you you think everybody get this kind of love.
When The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum in LA hosted its annual WOMEN&WHEELS classic car show last month, over 1000 car enthusiasts turned out for an AMAZING day of sisterhood, classic car style. Here’s what 100% passion looks like.