The latest version of the venerable Volkswagen Golf has made the compact sedan even more popular. So much so in fact that there are an endless array of aftermarket goodies available to turn the four-door family car into a hot Euro street cruiser. So, when Melissa Speiring of Riverside, California, told us that she was doing a complete makeover on her black 2000 Golf GLS, we were anxious to get involved. “I call my car ‘Project Nympho’ because it’s my obsession,” explains Melissa right up front. “Nympho, when taken out of context, simply means to be obsessed with something. My obsession is my car. Having a project car that I created was always a dream of mine.”

As the first female member of 935WikedDraggers in San Diego, California, and the first Euro-style car in the club, Melissa is surrounded by guys who like to race, but she has earned their respect. “I have been with the crew for 10 months and [I’m] still representing them strong,” says Melissa. “I would like to express my love for this group of people, I couldn’t want a better group of friends, thanks for letting me into your family,” she adds.

Her dedication is paying off already; she won Second Place Mild Performance Euro at Lowrider Magazine’s Tour event in San Bernardino, California–her first show.