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16 THE SHOP SEPTEMBER 2018 same with a balance of tech features, event coverage and profiles of women doing things fast and furious. This includes an interview with Elana Scherr of Roadkill and fast lady and welder Jessi Combs, who has gone 477 mph in the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger. And, they are now doing a little new vehicle road testing from a woman's perspective as well. Throttle Gals was never just a couple of people, though. Langdon, who is listed on the magazine masthead as Head Chick in Charge, has a team of women and men who help: Horstman, who is The Other Head Chick in Charge; Jeni Witte, Head Peon, literally helping in all aspects where needed; Matt Morgan, who heads up Australian distribution; S. Kellie Colf, who is Head of Skunk Works; and Scott Kiefer who, coined as the group's Jiminy Cricket, is one of the main people at the meetings helping to shape the future of Throttle Gals. CLASSES & CLINICS Publishing aside, the real purpose of Throttle Gals is to educate, and to that end TG offers a range of classes, often at events, where attendees can learn about basic car and motorcycle tech. Quite often the classes take the form of a free 20- to 40-minute car/motorcycle care clinic at an event such as the Detroit Autorama, where event admission included entry into the seminar. Quite often the clinics have sponsors, such as Vintage Air. "The backbone of hot rod- ding has always been about the passion for our cars and the people that we get to meet and hang-out with through that shared passion," says Rick Love of Vintage Air. "Doni is one of those people, and we're proud to be a part of her magazine. She has a loyal following that lives and breathes cars, and we definitely want to be engaged with that group." More formal classes are held at loca- tions such as Brothers Customs in Troy, Michigan, and Speed Cult in New Boston, Michigan. They've done classes as far afield as Dogpatch Customs in Toledo, Ohio, and in Glen Falls, New York. The classes cost $50 and include instruc- tion, a tool kit, some work clothes, a sub- scription to Throttle Gals and a goodie bag. You can even host your own classes by contacting Langdon and her team, who will organize it for you. Langdon's intention all along has been to expand the education program, knowing that's where the real need is these days. With so many single or even no-parent families, there just aren't as many role models as there used to be to pass on mechanical know-how and a love of cars. One could argue that the fast-changing environment, particularly as it relates to automobiles, will render this need null and void in the near future, but that's just not the case. Even if everything is soon made by robots, somebody has to design, engineer, maintain and mend them (at least for the time being). Until then, Langdon and Throttle Gals will be there to continue educating and sharing their passion. Born in England, TONY THACKER is an accredited automotive jour- nalist, author and book pub- lisher, and served as marketing director at the famed SO-CAL Speed Shop. The idea behind Throttle Gals is to provide women with helpful information that might make them more knowledgeable and thus less vulnerable when it comes to understanding their vehicles. "Throttle Gals" magazine is a limited-distribution, subscription-based publication available online and at select retail outlets. The Throttle Gals offer car tech education to future car lovers of all ages. Langdon and Horstman repping Throttle Gals on the local news. Throttle Gals

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