Since 2012, Sarah “Bogi” Lateiner, Cristy Lee, Jessi Combs, Rachel De Barros, and Faye Hadley have shown what it takes to run an all-female garage in All Girls Garage. These ladies are more than car enthusiasts, though. One studied pre-law while another was a professional dancer.
Start your engines! Here are some facts about the gals from All Girls Garage.
Cristy Started Broadcasting With The Detroit Red Wings
Cristy Lee is a natural in front of the camera. But her career in broadcasting didn’t start in the field. Beginning her career as a DJ at a radio station, Cristy soon found a love for broadcasting.
Not long after that, she landed her first in-field broadcasting job as a hostess for the NHL team, the Detroit Red Wings.
Bogi Teaches Women Simple Auto Repairs
Double majoring in pre-law and women’s studies, Bogi has always been adamant about doing her part when it comes to woman empowerment. That especially rings true in her male-dominated career as a mechanic and garage owner.
That’s why she offers basic auto repair classes for women at her repair garage in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cristy Was A Dancer For The Detroit Piston NBA Team
Before landing her hosting job on All Girls Garage, Cristy Lee made her way around the career circuit. In fact, she held a slew of different jobs before landing on being in front of the camera.
Thinking she’d put her years of dance training to good use, Cristy auditioned for the Detroit Pistons dance team in 2006. She wound up making the team!
Rachel Has A Very Popular Blog
Before landing a cast spot on All Girls Garage, Rachel De Barros showed off her love for cars and mechanics on her blog, gearheaddiva.com. The site became widely popular, especially among female gearheads.
In fact, it was Rachel’s charisma and popularity the led Bogi and Cristy to her site. It’s how they wound up recruiting her for the show!
Jessi Combs Was The “Fastest Woman On Four Wheels”
From 2012 to 2014, Jessi Combs was one of the co-hosts on All Girls Garage. But she was more than a lady who knew her way around a car. Combs was a professional racer and set the land speed class record in 2013, beating it in 2016 and again in 2019 at a speed of 522.783 mph.
She was known as the “Fastest Woman on Four Wheels.”
Bogi Lateiner Is A Bit Of A Hoarder
The ladies of the All Girls Garage are car lovers, But Bogi Lateiner might trump all of them, as she is seen as a bit of a hoarder. No matter the price, if Bogi sees a car she likes, she’s going to do everything in her power to purchase it.
She still has her first-ever car, a 1974 Volkswagen Bug!
Cristy Once Sold Real Estate In Detroit
Cristy Lee was once dabbling in real estate. In the early 2000s, she left her hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida, traveling to Detroit, Michigan, to try her hand in real estate.
While Detroit isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, Lee actually found success as an agent there, until the financial crisis in 2008.
All Girls Garage Isn’t Their Only Gig
Yes, the girls love spending time on the set of All Girls Garage, but it isn’t their only job. In fact, they all have side gigs they enjoy outside of the reality show. Cristy Lee is a popular television host and reporter.
Rachel De Barros owns and operates her own media marketing company, Purple Star Media, LLC. And Bogi Lateiner owns another garage, which also features a play area and a small coffee shop.
Cristy Lee Began Riding Bikes At The Age Of 3
While all the ladies in All Girls Garage are car and motorcycle enthusiasts, not all of them started as young as Cristy Lee. Growing up at her dad’s garage in Daytona Beach, Florida, Lee was pretty much born to ride.
Her father began taking her on his dirt bike when she was just three years old!
Faye Hadley Was a Licensed Therapist
Graduating from Harvard with a degree in psychology, Faye Hadley made a career out of being a licensed therapist for some time. In the end, she wasn’t happy with her career path and her mother told her to put in her two weeks and follow her dreams.
Hadley did just that, moving to Portland, Oregon!
Rachel’s Love For Cars Was Sparked By An Oldsmobile
Contrary to popular belief, Rachel De Barros didn’t necessarily grow up with a love for cars. Her interest sparked after her father said she wouldn’t get one until she learned how to take care of it — i.e., changing the oil, swapping out tires, and doing regular tune-ups.
Once she proved she could take care of a car, Rachel purchased a beat-up 1980s Oldsmobile Firenza. Working on the Oldsmobile sparked her love of mechanics and cars.
The AGG Girls Gave Up Other Dreams For Cars
The gals of All Girls Garage are definitely car lovers and have no regrets about hosting the popular mechanic show. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have other dreams before landing their reality television roles.
In fact, Cristy Lee put her radio career on hold while Rachel De Barros put her business on the back burner in order to film. Bogi even gave up law school to pursue a career in cars.
Faye Hadley Became A Teacher To Meet People
When Faye Hadley first moved to San Antonio, Texas, she missed connecting with people. With some previous teaching experience under her belt, Hadley decided to educate people on why their cars act the way they do.
Her classes took off, and soon she had a large enough clientele to open her own garage, Pistons and Pixiedust.
Bogi Swapped Pre-Law For Mechanics
Before running her own garage, Bogi Lateiner was studying pre-law, women’s studies, and politics in school. She really could have gone on to become a lawyer but decided to follow her true passion in life: cars.
Bogi attended the Universal Technical Institute, becoming a mechanic and, eventually, opening her own garage.
Faye Hadley Used To Test Engines For The Government
Faye Hadley has had a slew of different jobs before landing her role as one of the AGG girls. One of her more impressive career paths was testing engines for the government while she was living in San Antonio, Texas.
The job had her testing things such as EPA, fuel, oil, and coolant.
Cristy Was Approached For The Show
While other girls had to audition for a chance to be on All Girls Garage, Cristy Lee was fortunate enough to have a set of skills the network was very interested in utilizing. As an MC and broadcaster, Cristy was actually approached about the opportunity.
There was no audition necessary for this host!
The AGG Ladies Are Best Friends
Reality television is all about showing a certain side of people to the camera. A lot of the time, friendships forged onscreen aren’t exactly “real.” Well, that isn’t the case for the All Girls Garage crew.
The ladies of the show are actually best friends off-camera, too. According to Cristy Lee, “As soon as the cameras are off, we’re still joking, hanging out and even go out, after the show, quite a bit.”
Bogi Worked As A BMW Certified Mechanic For Six Years
Moving between Arizona and New York, Bogi Lateniner worked as a BMW certified mechanic for six years. In each of the garages that hired her, Bogi was the only female mechanic.
This sparked her interest in opening her own garage and catering to the education of women interested in careers in mechanics and car restoration.
Jessi Combs Appeared On Other Television Shows
Jessi Combs worked as one of the hosts of All Girls Garage from 2012 – 2014, but it’s not the only television show she appeared on.
Combs worked on various shows throughout her career, including MythBusters, the car show Overhaulin’, Xtreme 4×4, and The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die.
The Girls Do All Of The Repairs
Many car repair shows have a team working alongside the main host to fix up and restore the vehicles. That isn’t the case with All Girls Garage. In a male-dominated industry, they want to prove themselves.
So, no matter the challenge they encounter, the AGG crew figure it out themselves without a team.