I’ve read this story last year and she’s still going! Thumbs up on her and full respect!
Last year, we told you the story of Kathryn DiMaria, the 14-year-old girl who’s working to rebuild a Pontiac Fiero from the ground up by her 16th birthday. Now, she’s the star of this feature on YouTube’s THNKR channel that showcases her progress. The good news? She’s halfway done.
Basically, Kathryn is as cool a gearhead as you’ll ever meet. When she was 12, she convinced her parents to let her buy a decrepit 1986 Fiero for $450 she made in babysitting money. Since then, she’s been restoring it by hand, doing the welding, grinding, sandblasting and even upholstering.
The video also highlights how her story spread through the Internet, beginning with her posts on a forum and then Ben Preston’s story on Jalopnik. AutoBild named her “Woman of the Year” for 2012, and people have sent her all sorts of parts and advice.
Kathryn even got to take a trip to this year’s Detroit Auto Show where she met two female General Motors engineers who worked on the original Fiero, which is pretty amazing.
We can’t wait to see what the Fiero looks like when it’s done, Kathryn, as well as what’s in store for your future.
I gotta say, who ever the father or mother is, you raised an awesome daughter!