Welcome to this month’s edition of Ask a Gearhead, our Q&A series with enthusiasts and influencers in the automotive space. Last month we spoke with Petersen Automotive Museum Conservator Dana Williamson, and this month we are pleased to feature Aimee Shackelford!
Aimee is a veteran mover in the automotive world. She is the manager of goldRush Rally & Fuel Run, one of the premier exotics rallies in the world and the first in the US. For the 2018 goldRush Rally, participants will embark on a 10-day road trip from Boston to Las Vegas, visiting iconic roads and cities in their supercars along the way.
Aimee works with automotive brands to grow their online presence through Social Bolt, her social media management company. She is well suited to helping these businesses organize and network — Aimee is also a partner of Exotics on Cannery Row, a staple event of Monterey Car Week. Check out her Instagram for a steady stream of hypercars and other wonderful machines.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAMILY CAR GROWING UP?
My family went through a lot of cars, I’d say 90 percent of them were Cadillacs. My favorite was a 1970 Cadillac DeVille that was my grandmother’s, then my dad took it over. It was kind of like driving in a house as a kid, it was so big.
WORST THING YOU’VE EVER DRIVEN?
My first car was a Ford Escort, and it broke down literally once a month. Whether it was an oil leak, engine malfunction, or whatever, it was probably the worst car I’ve ever owned. But it was the only car I could afford back then.
IF YOU COULD OWN JUST ONE CAR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
My all-time dream car is a Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. Those things go forever, too; I know someone who has one with pretty high mileage.
FAVORITE ROAD TRIP?
Well we’ve been doing goldRush Rally for 10 years now, and it’s such an incredible experience to drive across the country with 100 cars. I have to say my favorite year was 2014, when we drove cross-country to Miami. It’s just so fun to go through all these states with a great group of people.
WHAT’S IN YOUR NETFLIX QUEUE RIGHT NOW?
I have three that I’m watching. The Grand Tour, Sopranos, and Narcos. That’s all I have in there. I don’t have cable, I don’t watch the news, I just have the few shows I like.
YOU’RE DIRECTING FAST & FURIOUS 9, WHAT’S THE HERO CAR?
I’d like to see a new GT2 on there, or some crazy hypercars on there. Like a Koenigsegg or Bugatti out on the street would be pretty cool in those movies.
WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST ANIMAL TO RIDE IF IT WERE SCALED UP TO THE SIZE OF A HORSE?
Even though it’s already the size of a horse, I’m going to say a unicorn. When I was a little girl I would search everywhere for a unicorn because I thought they were real. I grew up in the country in horse territory, so a lot of the neighbors would tell little kids that unicorns were real. And I got so upset when I found out they weren’t. It was very traumatizing.
WHAT ACTIVITY ARE YOU EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO DO WHEN SELF-DRIVERS ARRIVE?
I know exactly what I will do. I will just be on my phone working on Social Bolt, my social media company.
WHAT’S YOUR MARIO KART CHARACTER?
I’m not a big video game person anymore. But my son plays Mario Kart all the time, and the few times I’ve played I think I’ve used the little turtle character (Yoshi). I’m old school, I played in the Kirby era.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN THE BIOPIC OF YOUR LIFE? AND WHAT IS IT CALLED?
I mean I’d want Angelina Jolie to play me, she’s definitely a badass chick. We’d probably call it “Survival.” Trying to survive as a female entrepreneur in the car world is an interesting road to take, that’s for sure. It’s not all bad for us, there are pluses and minuses.
IF YOU HAD AN ICE CREAM TRUCK, WHAT SONG WOULD YOU PLAY FROM THE SPEAKER?
Well there was an old video game called Twisted Metal, where you basically drive around and bash each other’s cars in. And there was an ice cream truck with a clown on it, and it made the craziest noises ever. So I’d have that crazy clown truck from Twisted Metal. And maybe I’d play the soundtrack from “It.”
WHAT IS THE VERY LAST CAR YOU RENTED?
When I travel, and I do a lot of traveling, I always rent a car. I like to get something nice — Mercedes E-Class or Audi A5, something along those lines. I just cannot do the cheapo budget rental cars.