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AT THIS year’s Valvo­line SMOTY VIP party (see page 174 for the full story), the 2020 Lau­rie Star­ling Schol­ar­ship for In­no­va­tion and Ex­cel­lence in Au­to­mo­tive Fab­ri­ca­tion was awarded to the mo­ti­vated and tal­ented Jas­mine ‘Jazzy’ Green. Given what the 25-year-old mini-truck en­thu­si­ast has al­ready achieved while work­ing from her back shed, we can’t wait to see how her tal­ent grows through­out the schol­ar­ship.

Jazzy not only fab­ri­cates metal pan­els from scratch, but she has also turned her hand to spray paint­ing, me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal. “The only thing I don’t know how to do is trim,” Jazzy says. “I love metal – that’s my favourite – but I want to learn mo­tor trim­ming, as it’s a new field.”

It’s all part of Jazzy’s larger plan: “My part­ner Michael has started Woza’s Fab­ri­ca­tion, so I’d like to part­ner in busi­ness with him while bring­ing my own skills as a trim­mer. Then to­gether we can do full car builds.”

The barista was stoked to hear she’d won the gen­er­ous $4000 Lau­rie Star­ling Schol­ar­ship, which she plans to put to­wards pay­ing for a trim­ming course. “I found out two weeks be­fore Summernats, when I got a call from Rob Star­ling, though I couldn’t tell any­one that I got it. I was pretty happy!”

Jazzy’s sub­stan­tial skill-set has seen her home­build­ing a ’bagged, Ls1-pow­ered ’91 Toy­ota Hilux mini-truck over the past six years. “I’ve learned most things by ask­ing ques­tions to all of my friends in the car com­mu­nity – every­one is re­ally help­ful,” she says.

“I plan to fin­ish the Hilux by the end of the year; it now needs to be signed off for the en­gi­neer’s cer­tifi­cate,” she con­tin­ues. “Once the weld­ing is signed off, the bare-metal chas­sis can be pulled apart for pow­der­coat­ing. Then it’s on to the in­te­rior, which I’ll soon learn how to do. It’ll be a dark brown, and I’d like to com­bine metal into it, too.”

Build­ing a car in her home shed on a barista’s wage is a tough way to go about it, but Jas­mine (pic­tured above with Summernats founder Chic Henry) isn’t scared of hard work to achieve her dreams. “On a trip to the USA in 2018, I called into a Texan wreck­ing yard and got them to cut the wide guards off an Amer­i­can Toy­ota Ta­coma ute,” she says. “I then found some­one with an an­gle grinder at the Scrapin’ The Coast mini­truck show I was go­ing to in Mis­sis­sippi, and I cut the parts up so they fit in my suit­case. Once I got home, I welded them back to­gether and then welded them all into my truck”

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