When I think of female trailblazers many talented women come to mind like; Selma Lagerlof first winner of The Nobel Prize for literature in 1909 or Edith Wharton, the first female Pulitzer Prize winner and Valentina Tereshkova who in 1963 was the first female astronaut to enter space and more recently Kathryn Bigelow who was the first woman to win an Oscar for directing for the film “The Hurt Locker” in 2010. Growing up I don’t remember seeing many ‘moto-head’ type role models that I could relate to, save for Marisa Tomie’s portrayal of Mona Lisa Vito, a mechanics daughter in “My Cousin Vinny” There is no arguing that over the years the automotive industry and the world it encompasses has been dominated by men. But since Alice Ramsey made the first recorded cross-country automobile drive, by a woman, the door opened for other women to get behind the controls of everything from motorcycles, cars, and even fighter jets. It wasn’t until 2008 that Danica Patrick became the first woman to qualify to drive a racecar in the Indy 500. She drives for Go Daddy and she made it ok to be a female ‘moto head’ who is cool, classy, sexy, beautiful and super fierce! Some may question whether a woman has what it takes to be shot into space, fly a fighter jet, or drive a race car but sometimes, all it takes is for one trail blazer to set the precedent by which others may be measured. Those who follow in the footsteps of these trailblazers are more likely to be given a chance to change their stars, because of the path that was laid down for them. To all the daughters and sisters, to the little or big girls out there that are not sure what they can accomplish, anything is possible if you set your mind to it, practice, and have faith. Never let anyone stop you, no matter what and you will succeed. Looking forward to seeing you all on the open road in whatever vehicle you choose………gee that gave me a thought……always wanted to drive a tank! Don’t worry I’ll keep that one OFF the open road, see you out there folks!