All Girls Garage

all girls garage

Rachel De Barros may have participated in the Mustang Build Powered by Women at the 2012 SEMA Show, but she’s a self-proclaimed Mopar Girl and a lover of E-body Plymouths. In fact, one of her latest projects is a 318-powered ‘Cuda that we talked about at the NEW Motorama show in Green Bay, Wis.

Rachel admitted it was her first trip to Packerland, but it was not her first trip to the Badger State. After getting her pilot’s license while in high school, she flew all through her college years and attended many Experimental Aircraft Assoc. (EAA) Air Shows in Oshkosh. “So, I’ve been to Wisconsin more than a few times,” she told us.

Rachel was at the NEW Motorama to sign autographs for fans of the “All Girls Garage” half-hour D-I-Y TV show on Velocity Network. “Velocity is devoted to all-car shows,” she explained. “So, if you’re a motorhead or gearhead, all that programming is made to order for you.”

all girls garage

Luckily, Rachel completed the Automotive Training & Repair Program at the Philadelphia Automotive Training School. That helped prepare her for what happens on “All Girls Garage,” which is that different customer cars come into the shop because their owners got stuck at a certain point in a build. “They need our help, so we install aftermarket parts and even do some fabrication to make everything fit,” she said. “It depends mostly on what the owner of the car wants.”

The show airs every Saturday and Sunday morning, but Rachel spends more time than that turning wrenches. “We get to work on a variety of different cars and motorcycles, so we’re always getting our hands on something new, something old or something vintage,” she pointed out. “It keeps us guessing all the time and working out problems,” she admitted.

Each of the three women starring in the show has a business of their own. “Cristy Lee is like the queen of everything on wheels,” De Barros noted. “She races motorcycles and does motorsports coverage all over the nation. My company – Gearhead Diva – is a production company. We produce videos on how to modify your car, how to do car repairs and how to do some fabrication with tools you already have in your garage.

all girls garage

Rachel told us she learned to work on cars by “D-I-Y and making lots and lots of mistakes.” Her father was an electrician, so the first things she learned were wiring and soldering. “I would go out on jobs with him, so I always liked mechanical things, whether it was a VCR or a microwave or a car.” She started out doing her own oil changes and soon moved up to brake jobs. “Everything just went from there,” she recalled. “I like taking care of my own car.”

About John Gunnell 137 Articles
John “Gunner” Gunnell has been writing about cars since ‘72. As a kid in Staten Island, N.Y., he played with a tin Marx “Service Garage” loaded with toy vehicles, his favorite being a Hubley hot rod. In 2010, he opened Gunner’s Great Garage, in Manawa, Wis., a shop that helps enthusiasts restore cars. To no one’s surprise, he decorated 3G’s with tin gas stations and car toys. Gunner started writing for two car club magazines. In 1978, publisher Chet Krause hired him at Old Cars Weekly, where he worked from 1978-2008. Hot rodding legend LeRoi “Tex” Smith was his boss for a while. Gunner had no formal journalism training, but working at a weekly quickly taught him the trade. Over three decades, he’s met famous collectors, penned thousands of articles and written over 85 books. He lives in Iola, Wis., with his nine old cars, three trucks and seven motorcycles.

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