Meet Isabelle “Izzie” Merey, an avid car enthusiast with a passion for classic automobiles. Now she wants to parlay her love for cars into a TV and web reality series called Operation: Drive By. 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’.
You can watch a teaser clip of Operation: Drive By below:
Izzie isn’t just a driver behind the wheel, but she attends 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.”
She sounds like the total package, don’t you think? Enjoy the pics!
Photo credit: Brian B. Hayes