Having been bought up around her grandfather’s extensive collection of vehicles, 21-year-old Brooklyn Kay, of Riversdale, knows her stuff.
Since about the age of 7, Miss Kay has been helping Gil Kay working in and on cars, which has led to her to having her own passion for anything with an engine.
Her latest acquisition is a five-speed manual 1996 Mitsubishi Evo, a Japanese import, with a 4G63T engine.
“I really didn’t think I would be a car-girl, but as soon as I saw it I had to have it.”
In the time Miss Kay has owned the car she has done extensive work on it.
“Originally it was blue, but I chose the green. After I sanded it back my grandfather painted it.
“I wanted a unique colour, so that it stands out from the rest.
“Hence the name mint Evo and the purchase of the personalised number plate.”
As well as changing the colour of the car, she has spent numerous hours renovating and personalising it.
“I relocated the battery, redid the intake to the turbo, pulled out the air conditioner, to name a few of the jobs so far.”
Miss Kay said she was thankful to all the people who helped her.
“My next goal is to tidy the engine bay, put in a new fuel pump, injectors, up the turbo from TD05 to TD06 and add new headlights.”
Any spare money saved goes straight into the car Miss Kay said.
“It has been a labour of love, a fantastic process, and I will never sell it.”