Isabelle “Izzie” Merey is an avid car enthusiast with a passion for classic automobiles. She parlayed her love for cars into a TV series sizzle reel, “Operation: Drive By”, a TV and web reality series. Izzie heads onto the highways of America, driving cross-country to destinations so unique that it merits an equally special classic car to make the road trip complete – a pristine cherry red 1973 Corvette Stingray named ‘Vanessa Darling’. Izzie and Vanessa were seen cruising together in the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade this year.
Izzie isn’t just a driver behind the wheel, attending auto shows all over the world to see the latest trends and the most exotic cars. Heads turn weekly as she rolls in with her Stingray at Bob’s Big Boy Friday night car show in Los Angeles, where gear heads gather to share their passion for classic cars at the oldest Bob’s Big Boy in America.
Her first induction into the automobile world was through her father, learning to drive stick shift at the age of 15. She would sit with him and watch the F-1 and Grand Prix together, fanaticizing about their dream cars together. She has since become a certified defensive driver, teaching others these useful skills. Her auto expertise led Izzie to work as a test and delivery driver for a Beverly Hills exotic car import firm.
Izzie explains her fascination and love of cars as, “…a way of life. They bring people together and signify adventure and new beginnings. It is a known fact that cars are the number one most mass-produced machines in the world, yet so many people develop such an emotional connection to them. They also stand for history and art. The way I really take in a car might be compared to the way an artist looks to their muse for inspiration. I aspire to find out about the story behind every car and its owner. This is why I particularly love classics.”
Born and raised on the island of Cyprus, Izzie and her two rescue dogs (Nola and Roxy) live in Southern California. She is expanding her skill set by starting pilot lessons for small single engine planes in the coming new year. Izzie keeps herself physically active outdoors through hiking and horseback riding, as well as mentally fit reading as often possible. She works closely with charities such as OXFAM and UNICEF, looking into pairing up with more children’s organizations such as Make-A-Wish and Share for kids.
Izzie Merey is an expert and connoisseur of classic cars and TV star of TV series “Operation: Drive By”. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Your love for automobile world came through your father, learning to drive stick shift at the age of 15. Now you have become an expert and connoisseur of classic cars. This unique expertise and profession requires a lot of hard labor, technical soundness and excellence in different faculties to finally succeed, how do you achieve that?
Ms. Izzie Merey: I achieve that probably because I am a hard worker and over-achiever. Motivated by my genuine passion for classic cars, I’ve been fortunate to learn so much just by spending as much time as possible in restoration shops and working closely with my own mechanic. The next step for me is actually building a classic from the ground up with my own hands. Right now I’m considering a 1937 Chevy Pick Up.
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