Women-Built Mustang in the Works

Aug 1, 2012

The all-female build team for the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women is hard at work, creating a special project vehicle for the upcoming SEMA Show.

Beginning last month at Source Interlink Media’s Southern California headquarters, the team of technicians, enthusiasts and industry personnel has been customizing a 2013 Ford Mustang GT donated by Ford Motor Co., the title sponsor of the project.

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) assembled more than 30 women for the team that will install 50-state, street-legal aftermarket parts provided by SEMA-member manufacturers and suppliers on to the Mustang GT, according to a press release. The team will transform the vehicle into the winning black chrome satin luxury Mustang concept known as “High Gear,” which was designed by Jennifer Seely of Ford and was chosen by Source Interlink magazine readers and fans in June.

The completed vehicle will be auctioned off on eBay Motors with proceeds being donated to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, according to the release.

Kellie Colf, SBN assembly coordinator and president of Colf Creative Resources, said, “I am thrilled to be working with such a talented team of women. There are SBN members coming in from all corners of the industry, with all levels of expertise and it’s amazing to witness. The best part is that I get to work with other like-minded female gearheads, build an amazing car and help fund scholarships for future industry leaders all at the same time!”

The team includes: Powertrain Team-JoAnn Bortles, Crazy Horse Custom Paint, Waxhaw, N.C.; Paint/Body Team-Theresa Contreras, L&G Enterprises, San Dimas, Calif.; Undercarriage Team-Mollie Lewis, All in the Wrist Auto and Diesel Repair, Albuquerque, N.M.; Interior & Stereo Team-Kristin Cline, Cie Studios, Long Beach, Calif.; and Quality Inspection Team-Jennifer LaFever, RoushYates Racing Engines, Mooresville, N.C.

The SBN Vehicle Build Task Force is comprised of Rose Kawasaki (Exports International) chair, Sherry Kollien (Ford Motor Co.) project vehicle coordinator, Colf, Camee Edelbrock (Schiefer Media Inc.) PR/media coordinator and Susan Carpenter (JR Products) product coordinator.

Advisors include Mike Spagnola (Street Scene), Joel Ayres (Bedslide) and Marla Moore (Hypertech).

Learn more at www.sema.org/semamustangbuild.