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School teacher with a 3SGE engine

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, February 03, 2018

FOR a woman to be a car enthusiast is quite empowering, especially if she drives a Toyota Celica ST202 (6th Generation) Plasti-Dip coated matte Black car that has some resemblance to the famous "Batmobile".

Schoolteacher Shristi Sheetal Singh drives a Celica that is equipped with 3SGE (3rd Generation) engine with an ECT automatic transmission.

The Celica, a street legal vehicle, is a rare gold edition model with full original veil side kits and black plastic dip coated matte that has a full capacity of 180kmph.

Mrs Singh, who has plans of racing in her Celica in the future, picked up her love for cars when she married a car enthusiast who happens to be a drag racer in Fiji.

She said the first time she saw the Celica was when it was brought into her husband's garage for repairs.

"When I saw the car I just fell in love with it and I asked my husband if he could buy it for me and it had a red colour," she said.

"I was surprised when he drove it home just on our wedding anniversary. "

She said she wasn't into cars growing up and that the interested built up when she got married.

"Not a lot has been done on the car apart from painting and the changing of wheels which didn't cost a lot," she said.

"It took us only few days to do these changes to the car because I wanted to take part in a Car Show organised in mid-December last year. But again this is just the beginning.

"It takes a lot of time and patience to put a car together. One thing I have seen and learnt from my husband working on his dream project is that modification will never end. No matter how fast or how good the car looks, we always want to add more to it.

"I always go to local drag races to support my fellow Club Toyota Fiji members. My husband also races so being so closely involved in such activities made me passionate about driving and racing."

She said her dream car would be a Toyota Supra.

"For now I am happy with what I have, but modifications will follow as soon as I start racing," she said.

"Before I had no interest in cars, but after marriage I realised I have bonded with a family who are into cars and sports cars. Even my sister-in-law was a drag racer and was the women'd category champion at the time. Spending my spare time with my husband in the garage working on his project cars added to the love and respect I have for sports cars.

"At times we see people call this passion a waste of money, but I believe it's a love affair between a person and his car. With my Celica I took part in one of the car shows and won an award. That was a very proud moment for me as it was my first award in a car event."

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