Prancing Ponies all-woman car show inspires future leaders


Staged Wednesday in Carmel on Dolores and Ocean Avenue, the Prancing Ponies all-woman car show featured a curated display of automobiles.

Race prepped Porsche | Rebecca Nguyen photos
Race prepped Porsche | Rebecca Nguyen photos

A classic Imperial Crown could be found parked next to an elaborately wrapped McLaren near a race-prepped Porsche at a show focused on empowering women to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

Classic Rolls-Royce on display at Prancing Ponies event | Rebecca Nguyen photos
Classic Rolls-Royce on display | Rebecca Nguyen photos

Award categories for the show included: Best of Show, Best in Class, Best in Presentation, and Exhibiting for Fun.

In addition to inspiring girls, the show was a fundraiser for the Prancing Ponies Foundation, founded by Chanterria McGilbra owner of a Ferrari she races named ‘Coco’, to provide girls in high school with resources and opportunities to further their leadership skills.  Featuring two programs, Leadership-Abroad and Online Leadership Academy, the foundation hopes to have over 1,000 girls mentored by 2020.

Dance Kids of Monterey County
Dance Kids of Monterey County at the Prancing Ponies car show

Also showcased at the show were dancers from the Dance Kids of Monterey County, performing a beautiful routine on the intersection of Dolores and Ocean Avenue among the show cars.

Bettye Saxon of AT&T Communications tells her career story at the Prancing Ponies show
Bettye Saxon of AT&T Communications tells her career story at the Prancing Ponies show

Congressman Jimmy Panetta made an appearance and spoke regarding the importance of what the Prancing Ponies is accomplishing with its events. His words were echoed by Bettye Saxon of AT&T Communications, the show sponsor.

Read more 2019 Monterey Car Week coverage here.

An experienced automotive motorsports photographer and enthusiast of all things with wheels, Rebecca Nguyen is the Marketing Manager of Former Marketing and Project Coordinator for several aftermarket brands, Rebecca has a unique perspective developed from being on several different sides of the automotive world. From developing innovative automotive products to doing her own DIY modifications on her 2003 Subaru WRX and 2014 Ducati Monster, Rebecca’s passion for the hobby brings fresh ideas to The Journal. In addition, she has spent many years publishing event coverage for events like SEMA, Formula Drift, and Global RallyCross while coordinating the annual Future Collector Car Show in Scottsdale Arizona.


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