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Wednesday November 12, 2014
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From the Automotive History Preservation Society's Collection
Honorary Society Members - why we do it and why it's important to YOU.

As part of the Society's program to promote a restored or modified cars as a significant part of "living automotive history" we are scouring the world for men and women who can make an impact in ensuring that we can enjoy what we do with cars into the future. We are granting them "Honorary Membership" in the Society - and when we can - telling you something about them and what they are actively doing to help us.

We are going to focus during this next month on women, because few really know about how some of them. To understand the Automotive History Preservation Society and its goals - Click Here


Jessi Shows off her plate

Jessi Lang and Kurt Display her
Honorary Membership in the Society.

Jessi and the joys of SEMA

If you want to understand Jessi and her joy
of life - this ought to do it
! (Jessi at SEMA)

It takes that kind of person to go what she's gone through
and be as positive as she is.

Courtney and Colby

This woman can drive - and the hotter they are they more she
is into it! (PS, this took place after her terrible accident
!)

Check out the link to the video at right.



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Jessi Lang - Sometimes Winning Comes in Short Little Laps

By Bob Gerometta – Society Operations Director

The Society has honored Jessi Lang because of our support for what we are doing – and she is full throttle behind us and our mission for preserving auto history. Ask her about what we are doing and be prepared to have someone put the “sell” on you big time.

But there is another story here, beyond a young woman who whole-heartedly gets what we are doing and is a super spokesperson for us. We are so happy that there are young people who are going to carry the torch for preserving automotive history and who are involved in our hobby big time – and frankly even more so when they are women – because it personifies how our society has changed for the better.

But that is just one part of the Jessi Lang story – there is another one - one that has been dabbled on the edges of in the media, but because of the private nature of Jessi, has not been fully discussed.

The young woman you see here has the heart of a lion and the courage of a war hero. She is also a bundle of smiling energy. But what you don’t see in these pictures is the pain and suffering this woman endured over the past 18 months because she was doing what she loves more than anything else, driving and reporting on a fast car.

Jessi Lang is an accomplished race driver, producer, writer and host/tester for Motor Trend TV. She is not just a pretty face; she is a hard core car nut who loves and can really drive fast and interesting cars from all eras. But Jessi has a cross to bear among all that fun and joy – the battle with a car accident that almost took her life and which had pulverized her right side to the point that at one time she feared losing her right leg.

It’s been a hard road back for Jessi, and while she is not all the way there, she is now enjoying driving fast cars again. Let me tell you, from the accident she had, traveling at over 150 MPH and striking a car that veered into her path, you don’t just get back at it when your body heals enough to do so. You struggle with two significant things – the loss of some of your physical prowess (and she had plenty) and the little voice in your head that says: "Are you crazy? You can’t do that!". 

So in addition to battling to come back to what she was before, Jessi has also battled with the question of whether she could even want to do what she did before. We’re not going into the details of all this, but take it from a severely wounded war vet and one who suffered a pretty serious racing accident – you don’t just go right back to life like it was before. In fact you will never be the person you were before.

You build back your strength – sometimes wondering if that part will come all the way back because just maybe your body took too much of a hit. Then you think about driving fast again. Your brain fights with the joy of speed versus the knowledge that speed kills – and when you were so close to that – do you want to risk it again?

The feel good here is that Jessi is better than half way on the strength part, even though her leg is still pinned together with a steel rod from her knee joint to her ankle. And the speed part – she recently tooled a ‘69 Trans Am Camaro through some very hot laps on one of the challenging road courses in California - Laguna Seca.

Is Jessi all the way back? No, but the physical and mental healing is well on its way, and we expect to see her back doing what she is really good at very soon.

But what is important is that the bubbly, happy go lucky Jessi is there, but there is now a more serious edge to her, an edge I think makes her a far better person, because she knows that even the best of the best can cross the line between life and death. It won’t stop her – trust me, and I think it will make her better – make her reflect on what she does so well and thank the powers that be for her opportunity to do it.

Jessi, thanks for supporting us – and we want to thank you back by saying that we’re in your corner, and nothing will make those of us in the Society happier than when we see you back at what you do best full time!

To learn more about Jessi - Click HERE

To learn more about Motor Trend TV - Click HERE

To see Jessi haul a 1969 Trans Am Z-28 Around Laguna Seca - Click HERE

 


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