[00:00:01] You're listening to Femcanic Garage podcast that features women in the automotive and Motorsports industries a community that elevates empowers and evolves by smashing stereotypes and breaking down barriers for women. I'm your host Jayme Blasiman. Buckle up for the ride Femcanics.
[00:00:31] Hello hello hello. This is the first episode ever of Femcanic Garage. I am Jayme Blasiman and I will be your host every week.
[00:00:42] Thanks for taking a ride with me. It's just you and me today on today's episode. I'm gonna share my vision tell you a little bit about myself and give you a sneak peek into episode 2. Here's what you can expect at least three episodes per month featuring women that are full time in the automotive or motor sports industry. I'll also invite serious hobbyists into the driver's seat.
[00:01:12] In these interviews I will ask questions that will range from their early journey what and who influenced them what challenges they have faced what triumphs they have experienced.
[00:01:26] In addition to many other questions you'll get tips and resources on how to further your development and understanding on all things automotive and Motorsports. There will also be solo episodes weaved into the schedule on the solo episodes all dive deeper into topics that are relevant to women in the industry such as how can you get started in the industry how to grow and build your business and network. Where to find resources build a deeper understanding around motorsports scoring will be sourcing most of my questions from Facebook Instagram and Twitter. If you have questions hit me up I will be sure to include them. So a little bit about me. I'm originally from northeast Ohio. Born and raised I moved down to Columbus Ohio where I currently live and work. I attended the Ohio State University and got my bachelors degree in consumer affairs and I started often direct marketing. I moved into a role with Morgan Stanley.
[00:02:39] I got my Series 7 in series 66 could trade stocks bonds mutual funds moved over to Huntington and then a friend of mine that went from Huntington to Safelite AutoGlass recruited me to Safelite AutoGlass back to my roots in the automotive world. What is my automotive journey. My guess is kind of in my DNA. My mom's dad my grandpa owned a Sohio service station.
[00:03:10] Some of my fondest memories from when I was young was really circled around cars. I loved going to swap meets. I loved getting dirty. I loved the way they look and I love the way I feel when I'm going fast. Some people want to jump out of airplanes for a rush. I just want to drive 200 miles an hour. Everyone gets their rush in different ways and that's mine. The thrill of it to be honest I wish we could capture the smell of gas and burnt tires and use that as a perfume. That would be fabulous. I wouldn't really. It started when I was about 6 years old. My mom has a had and still has a 1973 GTO. I guess having a lead foot runs in the family at one point in time we've all run into. If we got one more speeding ticket we would lose our license. My mom had a 400 engine in her GTO while racing she blew that engine up. My step dad went ahead and built her a new engine. That engine was a 455 in when they were rebuilding that engine is when I got my hands dirty figuratively and literally now is 6 years old and I was cleaning car parts or engine parts in gasoline that ended up getting rebuilt. Boy that thing can scream. It is a heavy heavy car. Probably not the best looking car but boy was it fun when my brother and I were little and we go flying around those turns. The good old vinyl seats and this is pre car seats so we would literally just slide back and forth in the back seat and just have a blast. Sometimes it's just the little things I can not tell you how many pink outfits I somewhat purposely ruined cleaning car parts I'd go putz and around that old goat farm that head wall to wall cars and car parts and I was in heaven.
[00:05:15] I also got to enjoy the trips to swap meets stepdad had this huge box truck there's only two seats in it and had this giant tractor tire in the back. And I remember on the way there and from the swap meet that I got to sit in that giant tire tractor. I thought that was super cool and there's some holes in the roof of that box truck. So when it rained it also rained inside of the box truck which I thought was pretty cool as well. But I ended up having multiple conversations when I got older with my mom and my dad. He had a 70 and a half Camaro that was a multi-year National record holder car for the quarter mile drag racing. It had a 301 modifier e modified in it. Her out approximately 500 horsepower. Now when we would go to swap meets I would do simulations for the light trees for drag racing and on multiple occasions I would beat grown men at this and some professionals at it. So it gave my stepdad the idea of me becoming a drag racer. My mom wasn't too keen on it but if you think about it if you want to drop weight in a car. What better way than to get a lighter driver. That's just as competent. So now when we see Danica Patrick and other drag racers like Brittany Force like could have made good money mom could have made good money that didn't end up panning out. He still has the car. Maybe I'll be able to get a picture of it up sometime so that you can see it. Cool cool car. Once I got out of that I went off to college.
[00:06:58] I got sidetracked with college a little bit but it didn't take long. At 19 years old I actually went to college when I was 17 and I started making some pretty good money when I was doing sales. I wanted to buy my own car so I found a 1967 GTO convertible that was in Texas and my stepdad and I drove from Ohio to Texas in May in his Dodge pickup truck that had no bases no AC and vinyl seats. It was pretty sticky and gross would not trade the trip for anything. Went and picked it up brought it back. If you go to Cancún you can see a lot of the pictures of the GTA and how it progressed and put a 455 in it. I did. It was kind of like an apprenticeship. I did all the work my stepdad would show me how to do it and then literally put the take welder in my hand and say your turn when we'd rebuild the engine. He I would do one party would do one part as we went through it. One of the coolest experiences I've ever had sandblasting sucks ass. I love doing it. It's a love hate relationship. I love it and hate it. I love the result I get. I hate it because that scene gets in every cracking crevice in your body possible and it just sucks. At the end of the day it was totally worth it. Did a frame of restoration on the 67 GTO. I had the engine rebuilt the transmission rebuilt everything was done. The car was sitting in primer.
[00:08:36] Actually had to cut a dash off of a loaner car which was a Lemans in because I needed all the rust. It was completely rusty around the windshield and had to cut out a new one from an old one and actually put in a new one. I did not do the body work on it. I did take it somewhere do the body work but a lot of the welding or the frame mechanical work we did that ourselves. I ended up selling the GTL. One day I hope to find it again and buy it did sell it. Got my adulting on and had to amazing and beautiful children. Jadyn and Jordyn. There are now eleven and eight. They are my heart. Later on I ended up buying in 1959. TR 3 roadster triumph just had too much going on and kind of lost interest in it. So I think I'm a die hard muscle car girl and I also like my rice burners. I had a RSX type s that that was a fun car. Man I loved that car too so it's not just the old school muscle cars. I think I just like power in general and speed in general. Ended up selling the Triumph. We have a passion project right now my partner our passion project right now is in 1965 Ford Econoline van. What a great van to take to swap meets that I can fit lots of parts in. It's called Chinita. It's Spanish for little orange. You can go check that out as well. It's cool. Cool van. My main goal of Femcanic Garage is really to inspire women promote women feature women and even if a woman does not want to get into the automotive or Motorsports industry maybe just spark enough curiosity to explore it a little bit to have this deep admiration or admiration period for women who are in it.
[00:10:36] There's something about being able to work on a car one day be head to toe grease and stinky and you can turn around and embrace your femininity and put on the dress or put on the suit. There's just something really cool about that. In busting through a lot of the stereotypes busting through the stereotypes and breaking down barriers I'm not sure how my life would have ended up if it really felt like it was an option to go into the automotive motor sports industry. Lord knows there's been women that's done it way before their time in way before it was accepted and we're still working through a lot of that but it just I guess it just never entered my mind. I knew I loved it but just didn't quite go there and maybe we can make a change where it just becomes a commonplace conversation for girls and young ladies as they explore their future careers. Well Femcanics. I am honored to be your host. And to continue this exploration our next episode you'll hear from a bad ass girl that was featured on the all girls garage. She works for Safelite AutoGlass. She's a store manager and she will be sharing her journey in the automotive industry and tips tricks and insights in the world of automotive glass that all girls garage episode will air on May 11th 2019 where you'll get to see Sierra in that episode. So there it is guys.
[00:12:22] First episode in the books. Thanks for taking a ride with me and I look forward to the future episodes and hopefully learning from many of you
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