Staci Segura, a Carchix calendar girl for 2016 was introduced to Teresa Aquila, host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show as a guest on the show talking about her love for racing and Mopar’s. Staci was honored to have been accepted as one of the 2016 Calendar Girls by CarChix Founder Jeanette DesJardins, because Staci worked hard as did the other 11 Calendar Girls to obtain the most votes in hopes of becoming a Calendar Girl.
President and Founder of Carchix.com, Jeanette DesJardins, has been sharing the mic with Host Teresa Aquila of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show, but had to step away from the mic because of more obligations and felt it was time to hand the torch over to two CarChix Calendar Girls, one of which is Staci Segura, Race Car Driver.
Staci brings energy, racing knowledge, passion for educating, and bringing awareness to other women something she shares with host Teresa Aquila. In 2017 Teresa’s Garage Radio Show will find new heights with the new lineup of co-hosts.
The show airs every Tuesday at 2 PM Pacific on 1180 AM KCKQ in the local Reno area and on podcast by going to amm.streamon.fm.
You can also find Teresa’s Garage on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/teresasgarage/Teresa’s Garage on Facebook
Here is the interview of Victoria Ellis on video during a live broadcast. Victoria is a very talented Automotive Mechanic.
Chiwami Takagi, Female Air Race Pilot
Chiwami Takagi, Female Air Race Pilot
Air Racing is a unique and dangerous sport with only one place in the United States that hosts the event, Reno, Nevada. Every year in September the Reno/Stead airport transforms into a small city of Pilots, Crews, vendors and the coolest and fastest of airplanes you could ever see.
This year I took to the skies in search of female pilots at the Reno Air Races. What I found was an amazing woman who stands tall at 5’1”, 110 lbs with a smile that lights up the sky, her name, Chiwami Takagi. Her dreams started at the age of three to fly, so much so that in her dreams, her arms where her wings and there wasn’t any place she could travel to.
Her challenge as she grew older were somewhat discouraging, but she never lost her passion to fly even though she had to settle for a traditional life for a short time until she could save up enough money to pay for flight school. Her break came when she decided to become an exchange student in New Zealand, where her host family’s father just happened to be the manager of a helicopter company.
In New Zealand, they use Helicopters to herd sheep, so Chiwami learned to fly. This opportunity fueled her desire to want more in flying. After a year in New Zealand, she returned home, it took Chiwami a year to convince her father that she was serious about flying; every night at dinner was her father’s dreaded time of the day, because he knew what the conversation would be with his beloved daughter, Flying!
Her parents finally caved and off Chiwami traveled to the United States, passion as high as the sky and ready to learn to fly. She landed in Oakland, California where she obtained her Pilots License and learned English. You see, Chiwami Takagi was from Japan. Undertaking both flying and English, kept her quite busy but focused. You would think that once she obtained her Pilots License, that would have satisfied her dreams, but no, she decided to take it one step further, becoming an instructor. It took her 11 months graduating at the top of her class.
Chiwami was hired to instruct for a company in Oakland, California and during that time is where she met her husband, who is also a pilot. On one of their dates, he took her too Reno, Nv. for the Air Races, another turning point for Chiwami. Once she feasted her eyes on racing, she told her then boyfriend, I want to do that. As you can see from her track record, nothing stops Chiwami and so a year later, she was flying at the Reno Air Races in the Sport Class and her first year, she took 4th in the Bronze race.
Her plane, Piglet, proudly displays a plastic pig on the dash as her mascot, flying 50 feet off the ground on a circle track going 279 MPH hoping to place in the race. This year, put Chiwami’s skills to the test, it was Saturday of the race, the pace plane pilot shouted, you have a race, Chiwami throttled up, passing some of her competitors when all of a sudden, her plane’s engine stalls, she is 50 ft. off the ground, 279 MPH, her parachute was not an option, she pulls the plane up in hopes of not colliding with the other racers, radios a mayday, she sees the runway in the distance, navigates the plane that direction. Then all of a sudden, smoke in the cockpit, then flames in the cockpit, she radios her condition. As an instructor, you always sit in the right seat, which is where she sat, and that saved her, because the fames where in the left side of the plane, she landed, bailed out and the plane engulfed in flames.
Chiwami escaped without a scratch or a burn and if you are wondering about Piglet, he too managed to survive, but was a little butt singed. The plane a complete lose, as for Chiwami, she explained to me, she will be back to race next year as soon as she can find another plane. Happy Motoring
Nikkita Martino Debut’s On Teresa’s Garage Radio Show
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Nikkita earned her spot in the 2016 Car Chix Calendar and became an Official Car Chix Member after competeing and placing in the top 12 of the annual Car Chix Women of Motorsports Contest (Read: Car Chix Women of Motorsports Contest Breaks the Internet.)
Nikkita will be joining Car Chick, Staci Segura, Ms. August from the 2016 Car Chix Calendar, and Teresa Aqula during this fun filled hour of automotive and motorsports talk, Pit Peeves & More!
Over the last year, Jeanette DesJardins, the Founder and President of Car Chix has been a co-host during the weekly car talk and racing radio show; Teresa’s Garage Radio Show. To further the mission of recognizing and supporting the Women in Motorsports initiative, it was time to spread our wings!
Tune in this Tuesday, December 6th as Car Chix Members, Nikkita Martino and Staci Segura, co-host on the world-wide broadcast of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show!
Teresa Aquila’s Latest column published in the Happy Herald Magazine. This is a monthly publication written by Teresa offers tips, stories and articles.