Hot Rodders of Tomorrow: All-Female Team Makes History

By Mariah Prescott
HotRodHotline.com – Article published here

April 9, 2015

Back in February, a high school team of young women led by Coach Jill Arata competed at the Race and Performance Expo in St. Charles, Illinois. The team is making history as the first all-girls squad coached by a woman and is the only female team competing this year in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow events.

The team hails from the automotive department at Belvidere North High School in Belvidere, Illinois and all are in it to prove a point: Women can be grease monkeys too. Continue reading “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow: All-Female Team Makes History”

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Daughter Searches for ’51 Ford to Put Sparkle Back in Dad’s Eye

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by Mariah Prescott
HotRodHotline.com – Article published here

We all can name a few things that elicit that glint in our parents’ eyes. Any child of a car lover will tell you about that twinkle when dad starts to talk about a car of his. All the memories, the time spent driving and fixing – with some cars more fixing than driving – but that never matters. They’ll tell you stories so detailed, it’s as if you were right there with them.

In October, Hot Rod Hotline received a request from a daughter, Pam, whose father had been battling cancer for the fourth time. She didn’t know if he would beat it again, so she wanted to find him a special Christmas present: a ride in his first car.

Continue reading “Daughter Searches for ’51 Ford to Put Sparkle Back in Dad’s Eye”

4th Annual Motorama

by Mariah Prescott
Hotrodhotline.com – Article published here

August 24, 2014

At first glance from atop the small hill overlooking downtown North Adams, it seemed like your typical car show: Main Street was jam packed with cars and people; music from past generations blared from the top of a food truck serving steaming hot dogs and kielbasa dripping with delicious barbecue sauce, even at 9 a.m. But the annual Motorama isn’t your average small-city car show. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the sun shone down and the humidity stayed low as the biggest turnout yet of exhibitors gathered in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

I made my way down the hill through last year’s winners, accompanied by my classic car aficionado, also known as Dad. Some of my earliest memories are from classic car shows, peering under hoods as he held me in his arms. These days he’s my go-to when I have car questions- What year was the split window Corvette made? What are all the models of ’53 Chevy wagons? How does orange peel happen? I only wish I could absorb every fact he tells me. Continue reading “4th Annual Motorama”