No longer can the term Car Crazy be used for male gear heads. One pioneer of that fact is Lubbock-based Meggan Bailey, who can be seen on CNBCs Car Chasers.
Hailing from California, this West Coast girl has lived in Texas with her Car Chasers beau Jeff Allen for eight years. Together, the duo and their team of fellow Chasers have a panache for wheeling and dealing in distinctive and in many cases one-of-a-kind vehicles.
The love of all things automotive runs in Megs veins and that love began from the time she would watch her dad race Porsche’s. “I have been around cars for over 18 years,” she said. Then later in life Meg became a finance manager at a car dealership. Today Meg is a co-owner of Flat 12 Automotive in Lubbock, Texas and the TV show shares a true glimpse of her and Jeff’s everyday lives.
meg 300x254 Chasin Cars with Meg Bailey “The key to the show is what you can buy, and sell a car for,” Meg said. Sometimes there is some cash that will need to be dropped in order to restore a car to its former glory – which if not careful could cause substantial overhead. Meg is deemed the financial arm of the team and this partnership, “works well and allows Jeff to keep striving forward. I’m almost a conscience for him and although that may sound a little strange it works.”
“The funny thing is that people think I make the decisions, but my role is to be the sounding board and it allows Jeff (the time he needs) to be creative. Sometimes I will interject or will remind him to think twice and we will also talk about what direction a sale or re-build should go in.”
In the show, “we do not have a script and what you see in the show is completely real. It is also a true reflection of what happens in both the professional and personal lives of individuals who restore cars. Sometimes problems arise and when they do, “we take it as it happens,” Meg said.
cc 300x200 Chasin Cars with Meg Bailey Sometimes in the world of motors there are a few games that must be played – when it comes to being in a male-dominated profession Meg has a few tips to offer. “Think outside the box and find a way to maneuver your way in. I’ve always utilized being a female as a strength because men are less threatened by you as a woman,” she said.
In having her sales background Meg learned early on that women make the decisions. “I’m a strong woman and I make a ton of decisions – I don’t play a man’s game, but play a woman’s game,” she said. For example, if you are a woman in motorsports, “you are more marketable because there are 10 million men in the sport and there are 100 women. So use being a female as a marketing tool to get sponsors like Louis Vuitton as opposed to motor oil sponsorships.”
When the team isn’t filming Meg says they will be busy at the shop. “Once a month we have a gallery event, and invite local car clubs and the public,” Meg said. “Gallery nights are an enjoyable way for us to present our work while inviting others to bring and show their vehicles. It reminds me of the old hot-rodding events where muscle car lovers would show up,” she said.
When it comes to the future of muscle cars in society, “they will always have their place and be appreciated for chrome bumpers, real steel, and things where horsepower is more important,” Meg said. “I think the next popular grouping we are going to see are the Fast and Furious style of cars such as Asian and Italian brands.
Cars are Megs life and her business and she offers a tip for those interested in the automotive world. “The key to the car industry is keeping track of it,” she said.