Back in 2012, the SEMA Businesswomen's Network sponsored a build to showcase the abilities of women mechanics, fabricators, customizers, and technicians. Their first project was a 2013 Ford Mustang GT dubbed "High Gear" which debuted at the SEMA show that year before being auctioned off for charity. Since then, a new project has been built and shown at SEMA every year to promote women in the automotive industries, but the original car returned and was on display this year as well.
More than 40 women, from around the country and various automotive industries, applied their expertise to the pony car to complete the entire project in just 60 days. The whole project was overseen by Rose Kawasaki of the SBN Vehicle Build Task Force Chair, and much of it was done in El Segundo, at Hot Rod Magazine HQ. Wilwood, and more than 40 other aftermarket companies sponsored the build with parts, including front and rear big brake kits. The cherry on top was a supercharger kit, personally autographed by Vic Edelbrock Jr. himself.
We found it in the SEMA All Female Build booth alongside this year's build, a 2022 Ford Bronco. Ford designer Jennifer Seeley's quilted suede interior with rose gold accents, inside and out, elevate it from muscle car to luxury sports coupe. Rebeca Olavarrieta, one of the builders, reports it goes plenty fast.