“Long story short, my dad is really into domestics, and he always wanted a son, so he got me into cars anyway. I grew up sitting in the engine bay of a Mustang instead of playing with Barbie dolls. My dad was disappointed when I got into imports. Growing up, I used to buy cheaper cars, fix them up, and sell ‘em, until I got my Evo.”
What was your first car?
“My first car was a 1997 318i. BMW. I thought it was the coolest thing in this world!”
When did you realize cars were something you were really passionate about?
“Probably when I was fourteen or fifteen, before I even got a car. I knew I wanted something cool before I even had my license. I grew up riding dirt bikes and four-wheelers and snowmobiles. Then I did horseback riding for fifteen years. Everything I’ve ever done for fun has had horsepower. Owning that first car and modifying it really let that passion take off.”
Have you had a moment or a memory that stands out to you involving cars?
“Gosh! I think my most cherishable moments are just spending time in the garage with my dad, just learning, from nothing, how to do everything yourself, gaining knowledge. I’m very thankful for those memories I have of growing up.”
What would you be doing, where would you be without cars?
“I’d probably still be competing in horseback riding. They’re both such expensive hobbies. Cars are my life. I go to work, I come home and work on the car. I’m dating a car guy, so that doesn’t help. Everything we do is car related. Picturing my life without them is difficult.”
Many people don’t understand car enthusiasm, how would you put the passion into words?
“Everybody has a hobby they like, even if it’s sewing. It might not be interesting to one person, but one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, I guess you could say. I think a lot of people don’t understand the capabilities of some cars and what’s out there for them. They only see point A to point B, but they don’t understand the process of transforming it into your own creation. A lot of people are unaware of the opportunities [with cars] that are out there.”
What do cars mean to you?
“It’s a way to express yourself, the way you are, and what you like. You look at my car and you can clearly see that I am my car. Being able to own something that nobody else has is just the coolest thing because there’s so much you can do. There’s something about ordering a car part and waiting for it to show up at the house the next day.”