Written & Photographed By Jessica Kurchaba
She Likes Cars
“Do you even know what car that is?” My answer? Of course I do.
I’m not sure why the young or old men that ask this repetitive question doubt my knowledge on cars, but my best guess is it’s because I have long hair, boobs and a snarky attitude for a reply.
I forgot that cars are ‘boys toys’, not something smiled upon by girls… because obviously they are too busy shopping or getting their nails done. What a stupid stereotype. My passion for the automotive industry has stuck with me for several years now. I know right? It’s ground breaking news. “She likes cars.”
Every weekend is spent driving around looking for exotic cars and photographing them. I know what those cars are. I could even tell you the year it came out. I couldn’t even count on all my fingers how many times I’ve squealed when a Porsche Carrera GT drove by, or when a Ferrari F40 accelerated by the Ottawa airport. I love cars so much, I can’t contain myself.
And yet, every time I show up to a car meet with lots of tuners or modified cars, I get very confused looks. As though you had to be the girlfriend sitting in a passenger seat of a Subaru WRX to be invited to those car meets.
Why are people so quick to doubt a girls knowledge on vehicles?
Cars and woman have been going way, way back. From Denise McCluggage who won the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Ladies Race in 1957 to Courtney Force-Rahal who is currently competing in the NHRA for drag racing. To put it into retrospect, one of the biggest accounts on Instagram for car photography and car enthusiasts is run by a woman – her name is Elizabeth White.
It’s National Womens Day today, perhaps we should step back and acknowledge those girls breaking records in races, those girls who can shift better, those girls who follow their passion and photograph automotive art.
Don’t underestimate our knowledge on this subject. Instead, let a girl grab her spot in the drivers seat and enjoy the ride.
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