ALLEN PARK, Mich. - No one on the planet has a car that looks like Tracy DeGarmo’s 2013 Ford Focus ST.
Using a specially designed vehicle wrap and a little red paint she and her husband, Jeff Skevington, transformed a basic black hatchback into a personal statement that reflects her fondness for the Fleur de Lis and interest in archaic entertainments.
“I don’t want my car to be just like any other car out there,” explained DeGarmo, who is part of ITO Enterprise Engineering – SharePoint Engineering, supporting SharePoint and Yammer, at the Ford IT headquarters, in Allen Park.
When Tracy purchased her Focus in early November 2012 (after stopping in a Ford dealership – just to have a look at the new cars), she immediately knew how she wanted to customize her new ride. When she got home, she described what she had in mind to her husband, who is a graphics designer at an Ann Arbor sign company, and he created the vehicle wrap as a special Christmas present for her.
“I like the uniqueness that these graphics provide. Jeff designed it just for me based on a few specific requirements. I wanted a fleur de lis that looked like it had been made with sword blades, a crown, and some mantling. From that, he came up with the design.”
“It took two hours to apply the vinyl wrap with a heat gun and several more hours to detail the grill with a red Sharpie marker paint pen.”
DeGarmo is very pleased with the final design, which ties into a favorite pastime: her involvement in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to researching and recreating the arts, combat, skills, and traditions of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
“My husband and I spend two to four weekends per month traveling to SCA events within the region (MI, IL, IN, OH, KY). I have been involved with the SCA since 1994. Jeff has been an active participant since 1981.”
“Like we don’t have enough going on, we have started getting involved in SteamPunk (for the past three years). In a nutshell, Steampunk is Victorian science fiction where technology is typically steam-powered. Think Jules Verne or H.G. Wells. We go to only one major event per year. It’s an immersive event called TeslaCon, which is held in Madison, Wisconsin, in the fall.”
“For us, both of these hobbies are costume-heavy. We enjoy the creative outlet of designing and producing the costumes that allow us to participate at the events. And yes, Halloween is a favorite time for us, too,” she said.
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