Thirteen-year-old Frances Farnam of Tinkergineering in Sierra Madre, California, bought her first car—a ’76 Porsche 914—using the money she made picking grapefruit and vegetables from her garden and selling them at the local farmer’s market.
Recently, she brought the 914 to the SEMA Garage in Diamond Bar, California, where Director of Vehicle Technology Luis Morales demonstrated the Garage’s 3-D scanning capability. Farnam and her father Daniel plan to restore the car themselves and convert it to electric before showing it off at “SEMA Electrified” during the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
“I was always making things in my garage next to my dad, constantly stealing his solder wire to make figurines,” Farnam said. “I first got into cars when I bought this one at age 11 1/2. I don’t know where this project will take me, but I am still young and have tons of options out there. I know that this will be a stepping stone to get where I will eventually end up.”
Through her YouTube channel Tinkergineering, Farnam hopes to inspire other kids, both young and old, to get out there and make their dreams come true.