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Cruisin' the Coast is packed with 'Girl Power'

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Tuesday, fans lined up for a meet and greet with Cristy Lee, co-host of the cable TV show "All Girls Garage". (Photo source: WLOX) Tuesday, fans lined up for a meet and greet with Cristy Lee, co-host of the cable TV show "All Girls Garage". (Photo source: WLOX)
Wednesday, another well-known woman in the automotive industry, Courtney Hansen, will meet with her admirers. Hansen is the host of the show "Power Nation". (Photo source: WLOX) Wednesday, another well-known woman in the automotive industry, Courtney Hansen, will meet with her admirers. Hansen is the host of the show "Power Nation". (Photo source: WLOX)
The feature car at this year's Cruisin' is a shiny '67 Ford Mustang Fastback, owned by a woman, Amy Himic. (Photo source: WLOX) The feature car at this year's Cruisin' is a shiny '67 Ford Mustang Fastback, owned by a woman, Amy Himic. (Photo source: WLOX)
Himic, who is an airline pilot, added her own personality to the vehicle. For instance, it has a cockpit interior and the gear shifter is from an F4 jet. (Photo source: WLOX) Himic, who is an airline pilot, added her own personality to the vehicle. For instance, it has a cockpit interior and the gear shifter is from an F4 jet. (Photo source: WLOX)

They get grease under their nails and know all about gears and gaskets. This year's Cruisin' the Coast is showcasing gals who enjoy working on cars just as much as the guys.

Fans lined-up at one corner of MGM Park in Biloxi Tuesday to meet television celebrity Cristy Lee. Lee is the co-host of the cable show "All Girls Garage" and it was her first time participating in Cruisin' the Coast.

"This has been a great experience overall. The car show's amazing. I really love everybody here in the Gulfport, Biloxi area," said Lee.

Lee's appearance helped promote a message: "Girl Power". On Wednesday, another well-known woman in the automotive industry, Courtney Hansen, will meet with her admirers. Hansen is the host of the show "Power Nation".

"With the show 'All Girls Garage' and what Courtney has done for girls and motor sports and just being role models out there for the younger gals and everything. Our motor sports are growing and we want to bring the young people on board," said Rod Milligan with ET Motorgear.

And the feature car at this year's Cruisin' is a shiny '67 Ford Mustang Fastback, owned by a woman, Amy Himic. Himic is also an airline pilot for a major cargo company. She said the event gave her an opportunity to crush stereotypes when it comes to women and cars.

"It's a little bit about everybody realizing that anybody can have a dream, can have a vision, can have a car. It doesn't have to be men. It can be women. We can all do it. We can all save our money. We can all dream and I think they appreciate that a chic has a cool car," said Himic.

Himic's car is featured on Cruisin' gear. Look closely and you can see a female symbol on the shrimp boat logo. The ladies enjoy adding a feminine touch to the show, and inspiring future female car buffs.

"These little girls that come up and say, 'I like to watch your car show with my dad on Saturday mornings', so having an impact on any woman, any fan for that matter, is really amazing," said Lee.

"There's some estrogen here. There's some powerful women and I love that," said Himic. "It's so important from little girls on up to dream it, think it, do it, be it."

You can view Himic's classic car at different venues throughout the week. She added her own personality to the vehicle. For instance, it has a cockpit interior and the gear shifter is from an F4 jet.

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