Woman Powered Wednesday: Olivia Scaffidi and her 1971 Pontiac Firebird11/27/2019
Woman Powered Wednesday
Olivia Scaffidi and her 1971 Pontiac Firebird
[Ed note: This week we’re starting something new. In November of 2014, Courtney Barber was a Ford girl and began writing a weekly post called Mustang Girl Monday on her Facebook page, Team Mustang Girls. It was later picked up by Mustang Monthly and still runs every week here on Hot Rod, but five years of attending the Hot Rod Power Tour in either her 1965 Mustang or 1978 Bronco have opened her eyes to other, non-Ford hot rods out there, so Mustang Girl Monday is changing to Woman Powered Wednesday to show off the women hot rodders regardless of what their vehicle of choice is. Check in every Wednesday for a feature on a woman and her cool hot rod.]
Our first Woman Powered Wednesday features Olivia Scaffidi, a name you may recognize from her event coverage here on HotRod.com. Did you know she’s building a 1971 Firebird? This is her story.
Olivia’s passion for speed started with a chase. She tells us, “Watching old car chase movies during my teens really sparked my interest in muscle cars. Movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Two-Lane Blacktop, and Death Proof are some of my favorites and definitely had the most influence on me. I became obsessed with American V-8s and high-speed racing. From there, I started going to the local drag races on weekends just to spectate and take photos. I knew that I wanted to build a drag car of my own someday.”
Her someday has arrived and Olivia is making her dreams a reality, “I’m currently working on building my 1971 Pontiac Firebird into the street legal drag car I’ve always dreamed of. Hot Rod Drag Week was a major influencer in this decision and it’s my goal to complete the event at least once in my life.”
Between wrenching on her Firebird and finishing up her marketing degree in Toronto, Olivia stays busy, saying, “I am currently a contributor for Hot Rod Magazine. I started just over a year ago and have been fortunate enough to have a couple stories featured in print. It was always a dream of mine to see my name in such an iconic car magazine.” And this is just the beginning for Olivia, she continues, “I do see a longtime career in the automotive industry—I can’t even imagine doing anything else. I would love to be more involved in marketing and racing. Whether that be for an aftermarket parts company or a professional racing team.”
Each week will feature a different female in the automotive industry. For questions, comments or to submit your story email [email protected].
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