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Emme Hall Freelance Contributor>

Calling Emme a dynamic personality would just be scratching the surface. She is the principle driver for the Mega Monkey Motorsports™ 2 seat 1600 desert race car, powered by an air-cooled VW engine.   She has also spent time in a class 5u, class 11, and an ultra-4.  In addition to her work at Her Highway, Emme is also a host for Roadfly TV on You Tube. She is currently prepping to run the 2013 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, a 9 day all female off road rally in Morocco with no GPS.  Navigation is done with a compass and an old map, and points are awarded for shortest distance between checkpoints, not fastest time. 

Emme has been featured in Dirt Sports, Dusty Times, S&S Off Road Magazine, Dirt Newz, Race Dezert, Moto IQ and Gearbox Magazine. You also may have heard her running her mouth on internet radio shows such as The Down and Dirty Off Road Show, Speed Freaks, and the Off Road Round Up on KCBQ as well as on  KCAL9 in Los Angeles.  She also blogs for Female Racing News.  Emme holds an MFA in Costume Technology from North Carolina School of the Arts and is also a graduate of Yale School of Drama.  She lives in Washington DC and works at a well known regional theatre.  She autocrosses her 2nd generation Mazda Miata whenever she can.
 
As a woman what features are your favorites in a car?
I like to drive 2 seat, RWD convertibles.  I’m not sure if those are female features, but there is definitely the idea that girls drive little cars like Miatas and guys drive bigger cars like a Charger.  I don’t necessarily think that’s true, I just enjoy a car built for curves more than one built for flat out, straight line speed.  

With interior features I tend to be pretty simple…less stuff means less weight means go faster, but I would love a car with a cooled cup holder.  I don’t care about heated, I just want it cooled. 

Why does the auto industry seem like a difficult environment for females?
It can be intimidating at times. Most of the men in the industry have so much institutional car knowledge.  It started when they were kids, they took auto shop in high school, then graduated to a project car of their own.  I’m not even that old and a girl taking auto shop was unheard of when I was in school.  I grew up around racing and desert cars, and while I was driving as soon as my feet could touch the pedals, it never occurred to anyone on the team to actually show me how the engine worked.  And it never occurred to me to ask.  So in my experience, we are often playing catch up with the technical knowledge.  The good thing is that, so far, I’ve never had anyone laugh at my questions or be anything but welcoming to me. 

Why do you work in the auto industry?
Because it’s fun!  I get to travel and meet a ton of people, and drive everything from $140,000 Porsches to $12,000 Versus.  Sometimes, I even get PAID!

But on a serious note, as my career progresses, I hope to inspire women to be all they can be.  It doesn’t have to be behind the wheel.  Just to be a strong, intelligent role model for women who need some guidance, that would make me happy. 

What was your first automotive job?
I started by reviewing cars for RoadflyTV, one of the top automotive channels on You Tube.

What is your proudest professional achievement?
Some of my video reviews bombed, but a some were really good.  I’m very proud of the review I did on the Fiat 500.  We took a lot of time shooting it in Georgetown, the editing is fantastic, and I think I struck a great balance between being entertaining and informative.  Plus I’m wearing a super cute outfit.
What is your current challenge at work? 
I just want to do so MUCH!  I have so many ideas and not enough time (or money) to implement.

Dream job?
A TV show where I can just be me and drive cars and go to interesting places.  This job needs to pay me enough to race on the weekends and should come with a stylist, personal hair dyer, and a VW proficient co-driver who weights less than 170 pounds.  (Remember: less weight = go faster)
What sports or activities did you enjoy in school or/and currently?
I was actually the mascot in high school, as I’m not super athletic or graceful!  I have always been into theater and worked as a stage actor for a while in Los Angeles.  I was mostly in the chorus in big musicals but occasionally got a lead.  I went on a national children’s theatre tour, which was fun…6 actors in a Dodge Caravan!

What you do to relax?
I don’t know.  Give me some suggestions and I’ll try them out!

Who have you mentored, or/and did someone mentor you in this industry to help you get started? 
I have had someone helping me with my Gazelle bid, but she never likes her name mentioned in the press. Training and raising money for Gazelles is a huge undertaking and I couldn’t be doing it without her help.  She has been my biggest cheerleader. 

Also Lauren Robison of the Washington DC region SCCA.  When I first started nosing around an autocross track she was always there and would chat with me on Facebook about it. She made me feel very comfortable as that was my first foray into pavement racing and I had no idea what I was doing! 

Learn more about Emme on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Check out her blog for the latest photos and race reports.