Photos and Words by Antonio Logan
The hottest and most controversial topics to talk about in the automotive world is whether your car is built not bought or bought and not built. My question to you all reading is, which statistic would you want to be? To have a built not bought car or have a bought build by someone else? Many young car enthusiasts today build cars for social media purposes or for the influence or even cliquey cult following, then slap public figure in his or her bios on Instagram. Bragging rights from both genders in the automotive or import car community has grown stronger in this sense. There is one woman from Coventry, Connecticut who breaks the statistical mold with her garage built 2002 Subaru WRX.
Here’s a little back story. Brittany got her love for cars from her father and grew up around them. She would visit the track with her dad to see cars race, hangout in the garage, and car events to see cars. Ten years ago, Brittany bought her Subaru WRX and she fell in love with it. In a mini interview, she stated “I had a passion; a dream. Never had I known 10 years later it would be to where it is today. I worked at one point 3 part time jobs to pay to make this build where it is today. Nothing was ever handed to me, I was taught if I wanted it, I had to work hard to get there. I had goals and if I worked hard I would get there. Nothing happens overnight.” Persistence is key to succeeding in achieving your goals.
Brittany is one of the most passionate female automotive enthusiasts that I have met yet. We conversed late last summer while she was in the semi-finals of PASMAG’s Tuner Battlegrounds competition. I took extreme notice into her car, and quickly messaged her over social media. We talked for a good while about me coming up north to make the 12hr hike from North Carolina to shoot the car, but we never got around to it as the winter months were approaching and I was preparing my last travels to Las Vegas, Nevada for The SEMA Show 2017. Fast forward to this summer, I came across a post in the Springfest 2018 discussion area where Tuned Alliance was vending at the show. Thus, meaning Brittany was bringing the car down and I saw our opportunity for us to officially get together for a shoot!
We met at the Hilton Sheraton parking lot early Saturday morning of Roll-In. We migrated our way to the front of the convention center to do the shoot. Let me tell you, it was hot as hell out! The shoot happened at the peak of noon. This car’s color has no name. Yes, no name at all! It is a custom color that Gabriel Pena (Autobody Painter) has created. I call it, Super Sayian Purple. Quite fitting since it is an uncontrollable color to capture in any lighting, as so I was informed by Brittany’s, fiancé Josh. The car’s shoes are a set of Work CR2P’s (18X10 +35 w/rear 5mm HKS Spacers), white with purple flakes. The WRX has some quality parts on it such as the CW1 carbon fiber hood, APR GT-300 carbon fiber spoiler, JDM morette projector headlights to name a few things. The loud rumbling growl of the WRX is packed with the Tusdo Catback, Invidia UpPipe, and the Helix catted downpipe.
The inside of the car is honestly my favorite part of the vehicle. It is so vibrant in color scheme with a bit of pink for the custom door panels, with blue from the Bride Low Max’s, carbon fiber gauge pod, custom suede blue headliner, custom charcoal suede pillars, Racequip pink harness. It does not stop there as there is some serious knock in the trunk of the electrifying bugeye. The audio is stacked with Kicker front and rear speakers, Kicker Tweeter speakers, Kicker Amplifier, 1/12in Memphis Powerbase Subwoofer, and a radical Kenwood DDX418 Double Din head unit. This car is jammed packed with aftermarket goods. A lot of people do not take the time to build something worthy of sharing with not only close friends and loved ones, but with the automotive culture. Sure, we can appreciate any car build, but can the predominantly male industry appreciate a woman’s hard work at hand? Brittany is surely breaking the barriers to prove that there are women that love cars, and that can build cars as well.
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Photos and Words by Antonio Logan