Kim Smith, a real estate agent, will appear on the television show “My Ride Rules” with her modified 1970 convertible Volkswagen Baja, bedecked in bright yellow, lime green and pink custom paint.
The Hickory Flat resident’s episode will air Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Speed Channel.
On the show, four car owners compete against each other by showing off their cars and letting their competitors drive their vehicle.
Each car is rated on appearance, performance and personality with the winner taking home a $1,000 cash prize and the “My Ride Rules” trophy presented by host and Georgia-native Ginny Jones.
After Smith attended a car show in October with her “love bug,” a scouting agent with the network contacted her about auditioning for the series. In December, she was told her car had been selected.
She filmed the episode in Atlanta in January.
“While it was certainly the coldest time of year to drive a convertible, it was fun,” Smith said.
In the newest 13 episodes of “My Ride Rules,” four episodes were filmed in Dallas, four in Los Angeles and five in Atlanta.
Though not a race car, Smith said her convertible is more about “smiling, laughing and just enjoying the…beautiful weather on the road.”
Both Smith and her husband, Gary Smith, are avid car collectors.
“He’s a racer and a gearhead,” she said. “He has several different vintage cars. I’m a bughead, if you will.”
Smith said she bought her car almost four years ago and had the custom paint job done to make it more “girly.” She added that she and her husband attend at least three car shows a month with their various vehicles.
“It’s a passion for us and we just stay at it,” she said.
Smith’s 6-year-old grandson Cullen Smith as well as other friends and family will gather to watch the episode together Tuesday night.
“He’s definitely a motorhead in the making,” she said of her grandson.