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Sunday, December 21, 2014

A ladies touch. New contributor providing us with a female enthusiasts perspective.

The car culture is dominated by male enthusiasts. So much we have to hire "models" to provide an overwhelming contrast to large groups of dudes standing around geeking out over horsepower, wheels specs, paint codes, and rare parts. Within those groups there are often female enthusiasts that have taken to this lifestyle for varying reasons we find hanging out in garages, shops, or behind the computer on a forum. More and more it's becoming apparent that girls can build respectable cars, or drive with the best of them. ALTV does not know as many female enthusiasts as we'd like, but we do know a few. Currently there appears to be a continued interest and they all have a unique perspective on the community.
For years now I've caught myself trying to explain that ALTV is not about making the creator famous. It's about telling everyones story, sharing styles and perspectives. We've been looking for content contributors who "get it" to come forward, unfortunately they only want to compete or claw for personal fame, and that's okay! There are cool car people everywhere, and frankly, they are the only ones we care to know. Along with the contributor issue, we had hopes of having a females presence on ALTV as well, the chances of having both happen seemed impossible. Until a conversation took place with a person that had been sitting in-front of me for almost two years. 
She would come into the office talking about how she had to zip tie her bumper back on, or her weekend at the track. I had seen "car girls" come and go, many of which go, but she listened to guidance and wanted to learn. Plus, she seemed to be sticking with it. One week she came in and told us about how she smacked a k-rail, some of the fellas laughed, I wanted to hand her an award. We had a true car enthusiast on our hands!
She's gearing up for some significant adventures in her budding automotive experience. We have a feeling they will influence her more than she knows. It will be our first time having another person putting in their two cents. We don't know what she's going to say, how she's going to say it, or how often, so put your seat belts on. Everyone please welcome "Liz G."!