Wrench On

Marisa Demarco
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Wrench On
Nan Morningstar repairs rusted body panels on her 1963 Ford Falcon Wagon at a Wrecks Rods and Wrenches. (Nathan Moody)
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Wrecks, Rods & Wrenches is today. Nan and John Morningstar host the event at their store, Free Radicals (300 Yale SE), from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. People bring their classic project vehicles, and mechanics and enthusiasts share their knowledge.

an article I did on hot rods:

Nan Morningstar was a kid when she saw her first classic car. "I didn’t know what it was, but I thought it was beautiful, and I wanted it. My dad told me we couldn’t have old cars because they were for rich people. That paused my interest in cars for more than a decade." Later in life, she left college to join an automotive tech program at a community college. It was a two-year program, and students could get a series of national certifications. There she met her soon-to-be husband. "It was liberating to go to tech school and get the skill set and the knowledge to learn how to do this on my budget and terms instead of it being a rich kids’ club."

She was the only woman in auto school, but she says there are more and more. Plenty show up to the monthly WRW event on the last Saturday of every month. "Anyone can do it," she says. "I can’t imagine driving a modern car."
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