It’s Not Just Boys Who Modify Cars…

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Car modifying isn’t just for us boys, as 30-year old Amy Slade from Hertfordshire proves, with an addiction to modifying her cars for over a decade, and a stash of awards to prove the point.

How it all started

How it all started

A video executive by day for a leisure company, Amy spends every moment away from work with her pride and joy, a 2004 Nissan 350Z Roadster (right).  With her enthusiasm recently being rewarded with sponsorship from global car audio company, Clarion, her latest passion not only looks a stunner but sounds the part too.

The Nissan is the seventh car to benefit from Amy’s insatiable desire to be queen of car modifying and now, she and the 350Z are a very familiar sight at enthusiast shows the length and breath of the country, where you’ll find her most weekends.

‘Standard’ isn’t a word in Amy’s vocabulary and one look at her latest set of wheels proves the point.  Gone is the plain silver-grey metallic paint and in its place, the soft-top gleams in a fresh pale blue paint finish. AmySlade5

But its no ordinary blue, as Amy explains: “It’s actually the same paint colour as Nissan’s first true sports car, the Datsun Fairlady, that was launched fifty years ago, and I thought it would be nice to celebrate the 50th anniversary on my 350Z,” she says.  A nice extra touch is the authentic ‘Fairlady’ boot badge that Amy hunted down to proclaim its heritage.

The Nissan’s standard alloy wheels are long gone, replaced by larger and more dramatic replacements, colour-keyed to the bodywork. AmySlade4

The conservative front and rear of the car were next to receive Amy’s attention, replaced with more dramatically-designed parts sourced from Japan, as was the bonnet, now adorned with vents and scoops with side skirts.

Amy’s love of personal expression and her eye for detail carries through to the interior of the car, where a fully re-trimmed interior – including white and blue leather seats – a state of the art mobile entertainment system have well and truly come into play.

The Nissan now sports a custom-designed multimedia system, with an audio/DVD touch-screen with satnav, a TV tuner, DAB radio, linked by Bluetooth to Amy’s iPhone (sprayed to match the Nissan’s bodywork, as are her nails).

The car’s tame loudspeaker system was also discarded, replaced by a host speakers front and rear, with two additional power amps hidden away to make full use of the new system.  And a further nice touch of individuality is the tiny camera hidden in the rear number plate that relays a video to another screen in the dashboard to aid reversing. AmySlade.modification

And the story continues… Proving that a woman’s work is never done, Amy is far from resting, now turning her attention to further modification having recently won a Bilstein suspension system in a competition. Lucky girl!

If you are interested in following Amy, you can do so on Facebook: Amy Slade, and  Twitter: @SladeAmy

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