Odometer (Integra): 239,106
Did you know? Fewer than 2% of auto mechanics are female. There are plenty of women who have interest in getting into the industry, but many can’t find work because they aren’t qualified. And they can’t build the skills to become qualified until they land a job. It’s a cycle that Sarah “Bogi” Lateiner has sought to break by changing the way people think about women in automotive. Last Wednesday, Bogi invited the Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) to her shop in central Phoenix, Arizona that serves as a repair facility as much as an educational institution.
Women from around the community – and around the country – come to Bogi’s to learn the trade. For some women, it may be the first time they’ve picked up a wrench. I know for a fact that many of her “students” probably already know a heck of a lot more than I do. I’ve had professionals handle my car maintenance for years now – aside from air filters, batteries, and easy stuff, I haven’t ever dipped too far into the mechanic scene. Now I’m inspired to.
And thus the reason why Bogi’s facility is called 180 Degree Automotive: It turns the perceptions and stereotypes 180 degrees, causing people to think twice about letting a gender difference dictate anyone’s ability to be skilled in automotive trades. Our group of automotive journalists enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look.
Bogi co-hosts a TV show on Velocity Channel call “All Girls Garage,” and the main project taking place currently is a build called the Chevy Montage. A team of women is putting together a 1957 Chevy pickup truck (equipped with a BMW M5 engine) that will debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas in November. We got an inside look at the place where the magic happens: a nondescript industrial building at Camelback Road and 7th Avenue that is definitely more than meets the eye. The lobby contains a quarterly art exhibit featuring local artists. And the garage bays themselves are tidy and organized. I guess it takes a woman’s touch!
We thank her for the hospitality and wish her the best of luck in finishing up the SEMA build!
Here is a feature video on Bogi from “Assignment America” 7 years ago.
Drove the Vigor to the scene
Art gallery on exhibit in the waiting room
Eyeballing the shop
Here are a few other pics from over the weekend. We had some friends come up from Tucson. Two of them were in a pair of “CB7” (1990-93) Honda Accords, including this EX coupe and SE sedan.
The sedan had 299,927 miles on it!
On his return trip, Corey sent me this pic to confirm the car achieved its milestone.
Honda party at the house.
Jon, Corey, Ryan, Tyson, Ben, Trevor, Chris
James‘ Focus RS, on test for the week, joined the party, as well as Michael’s 2001 7-series.
And Donald’s Vortex Blue TSX 6-speed. Neighbors must think we’re car crazy. They’re right.