I spoke with Deirdre during the Bordentown car show couple years back.
I can’t pinpoint an exact instance, but my first car was a 67 beetle and then it progressed from there.
The most rewarding part is fixing something and it actually works! And also fixing things on the old cars and leaving them better than I found them.
As much as I can, I would estimate about 10 hours a week.
Absolutely! I would love to!
I’m not really into speed, I am more of a cruiser
I don’t know because I wouldn’t want to lose the excitement and urge to actually go out to the garage and work on something.
Yes, I am very handy, I learned this from my dad. When I was little I used to take things apart just for fun and put them back together. Now there is nothing out there that I won’t do…from fixing my cars to redoing the bathrooms in my house.
1967 Beetle- my first car. I would wash that thing and polish it every other day LOL from there I went onto fixing things that broke on the car and the rest is history…
1978 VW Bus, I still own him.
For sure, I name all my cars as well. They all have a special place in my heart.
Other: German cars are my favorite
I love German engineering. I actually went to Germany and visit the VW factory and museum. It was amazing!!!
Favorite brand of car? Fair warning: there are cars in here from all around the world, like the Ukraine, India, and Australia. I just added everything for the fun of it. To find out more on them here’s the link
How many cars do you own?
How many cars have you owned?
More than 10.
I help all my friends and family with their vehicles when time permits. They certainly call me with questions and I am always happy to help. I also rely on some of my friends who are more experienced and knowledgeable. This hobby is really a community of people that like to help each other (The old school VW community)
Yes, I have a lot of friends in the VW community. We do a lot of things together like cruising, camping, work on cars and car shows.
No, there is still very few girls out there who work on their cars.
Totally, I took Home ec and shop class. We didn’t have an auto mechanic in Bordentown back in the 90s but I would have totally taken that! I think its imperative for young people to learn basic life skills that these classes offered. It is really a shame that they don’t anymore.
Not that I know of….people sometimes ask me “do you wrench?” but that about it.
I haven’t had any “problems” per say but I do surprise some of the boys with my knowledge. Most of my friends who I work on cars with are “boys” so we are cool! We learn from each other.
Sure! The people that I surround myself with are all positive and respectful people. I guess this is because it is a hobby and not a job. I get to choose 🙂
The older the better. I love how simple cars were back then. We are getting to the point where we may not even have to “Drive” our cars anymore, that is just too much.
My dads’ car when I was little and we lived in Argentina. 1975 Citroen 2CV. It was so ugly it was cute!
Because it is a very physical job, believe it or not, you need to lift parts, get under the car, crawl on the floor and much more. Also, you have to be willing to get dirty, not many girls like that.
Not really, gender roles were never a huge topic in my family. We all did what we liked, even if was outside social norms.
Its just nuts and bolts….go for it! Get dirty and don’t be afraid to fail.
Thanks again for letting me into your home and sharing not just your passion, but your family and love for photography.
Are you a woman who works on her own vehicle and is interested in being a part of my project? Contact me and let’s have some fun!