Women With Wheels
What a beautiful day for a get together and check out all the great cars. I was on a hunt for Women With Wheels today and found a few who where at the show to proudly displaying their love for classics. I ran into one lady, Kathleen Wood who owns a blue 1969 Chevrolet El Camino and the paint looks like emerald blue. Kathleen’s love for cars came at a very young age when the neighbor next door owned a 1942 which he always tinkered with when not at work. Kathleen loved to hang out in his garage and he would allow Kathleen to help wax the car. It was instant love for the car and the passion for classics began. She reflected back and noted that to her, Joe was her Fonzie. A few years ago she convinced him to come and visit during Hot August Nights and he was in heaven. Kathleen owes him a great deal and if it hadn’t been for Joe, she would not have had the desire to own this great car and hang out at Car Shows meeting other car lovers. Kathleen purchased this beautful 1969 Chevy El Camino in 2006. It was instant love for the car even if it was White with a Black stripe on the bottom. She soon began he restoration changing the color to Blue and when they sanded it down to bare metal, they uncovered bondo on the driver side which took some time to bring to a smooth finish. Believe it or not, Spray Craft mastered the paint job. It really looks great.
The engine was purchased from Summit Racing, the interior was done locally and all the other parts were purchased from Original Parts Group. Although Kathleen loves her El Camino, her dream car is a 1960’s Corvette. She says, someday.
I sat down with Kathleen to discuss her love for cars. I find it refreshing to see that there are other women out there that have the same passion as I do. I showed off the 1927 Willys and Kathy gave me the run down on how her 1969 Chevy El Camino came to be. She just couldn’t stop talking about it. I can see why. After it is all said and done, Kathleen offered just how much this beauty cost her to bring it back better than new. A whopping $24,000. If you compare it to today’s cars, that is really a steal.
I also met another lady who owns a Cameron who I will feature at a later date to explain her story. There were so many beautiful cars in attendance, just talking with these car owners is experience in itself to hear their story. We will be attending the Wednesday night Cruises so be sure to come back and read about it.