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G I R L S ‘ N G A R AG E S

A MAGAZINE FOR THE AUTO GAL

gritty. sassy. empowering.

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Girls ‘N Garages Issue 1

gritty. sassy. empowering.

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AND ONE DAY SHE DISCOVERED SHE WAS FIERCE, AND STRONG, AND FULL OF FIRE, AND THAT NOT EVEN SHE COULD HOLD HERSELF BACK BECAUSE HER PASSION BURNED BRIGHTER THAN HER FEARS. Mark Anthony

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CHANGLING It’s been a long journey getting back to Girls ‘N Garages. Not everyone knows my story or how this magazine came to be, and that’s perfectly okay. For those that have never heard of Girls ‘N Garages I’ll give some background. I came up with this crazy idea of designing and developing a magazine for lady gearhead back in 2014. I was craving a connection with other women who were into cars, trucks, motorcycles or anything else with wheels and an engine. Unfortunately my search for a magazine that suited my needs was futile. That’s when I asked around and found that other women were also in search of and wanting something like Girls ‘N Garages. The original goal was to come out with a magazine four times a year. That was a feat and one that never happened. We got four issues out, but only in the first two years of operation. I was burnt out and feeling like a failure due to this. To further my sense of failure, quite a number of automotive companies were skeptical of my idea for creating a women’s automotive magazine, not seeing the market for it. I knew otherwise though, and I’m sure if you’re reading this you do too. The women of automotive want a voice! They want a place to be raw, sassy, but also inspiring for other women, young and old alike. There are girls out there who do in fact love cars and really want to learn how to work on one or drive one or just generally love everything about these machines.

like a very dark hole that I was not going to be able to climb out of. I was so close to throwing all of this away. At this point, if you’ve made it this far that is, you’re probably about to put this magazine down and walk away. I don’t want to think about what may be going on in your head but I’m opening up and being raw with you, wanting to show you that I’m a real human being and capable of making mistakes and being emotional. It took me until about halfway through 2017 to decide that I needed a different direction for the magazine. If you read previous stories from G’nG, a lot of them are glamorous and positive, and don’t get me wrong that’s great! Those stories are great and inspiring and absolutely needed. Having been through what I have been now, and knowing there are probably other women out there who have stories to tell that aren’t all pretty and wrapped up in a bow. I’m looking for those stories, stories of women who have overcome amazing obstacles to be an automotive enthusiast or professional. I know they are out there. If you’re on such lady know this is a judgment free zone. I’m looking to develop a community and real connection with the women of automotive and give the readers stories that are soulful, lasting, and real.

I wanted to give up back in 2017, companies weren’t coming on board, my subscriber base had seemed to plateau, and I had just had a newborn and was so deep in postpartum depression it felt

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In every issue of Girls ‘N Garages, there will be a theme to it. With this being a sample issue, the articles aren’t quite as themed as they should be. You will see some of what would be in a normal issue however. Enjoy! I hope you find encouragement and inspiration from these articles.

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Photocredit: courtesy of Sabrina Capps

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BREAKING HEARTS EVERY QUARTER MILE Sabrina Capps

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#101 OF 264 A Volkswagen Harlequin and Its Delightfully Different Owner

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VWGIRLS An International Car Crew of Females

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HOT RODS, MOTORCYCLES, AND MYSTERY WITH LORI BENTLEY LAW Lori Bentley Law

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BREAKING HEARTS EVERY QUARTER MILE Sabrina Capps, drag racer Words by Tara Hurlin

Photo Tara Hurlin

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M ark and Diane Capps know how to raise’em right: Thanks to their endless support and encouragement, their daughter, 20 year old Sabrina Capps, has been drag racing since age 8, and she humbly maintains her place in the winner’s circle. She has been watching her dad drag race since she was born, and the need for speed is a family affair for Capps Racing. Sabrina’s bright spirit and dedicated sportsmanship shines through at every race, and she can be seen speaking with her opponents, wishing them luck, congratulating them or thanking them for a great run. “She’s always willing to help others in need,” Diana said. Sabrina enjoys working on the cars she races, and her dad once presented her with these wise words; “If you want to race, you have to know how to do repairs.” She helped with any repairs and upgrades done to her Jr. dragster,

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Sabrina Capps

and when she earned her race license at age 16, she raced and worked on the family’s 1967 Mustang in the C/Gas class, running right around 9.60-seconds on the quartermile. Even so, Sabrina strived to keep going faster, and when she was 18, her and her dad drove from Madera, Cali., all the way to Missouri (during tornado season nonetheless) to pick up her Altered-class dragster. She had a large hand in the project, and a year later, the “Heartbreaker” was ready to rumble just in time for her dad to test it out at the March Meet at the Famoso Raceway in McFarland, Cali. Once deemed completely safe, it was Sabrina’s turn to jump in for a test-and-tune the following weekend. At first, Diana exclaimed, “No, but I’m not ready!” But Sabrina was excited for her first run in her new setup. Mark advised her that if she ran a sevensecond pass, she could officially race in the altered class. Her next pass was a 7.90, which gained her father’s approval to race in the April 2015 West Coast Pro Gas (WCPG) in Sonoma, Cali. After seeing her daughter make her first runs in the new setup, Diana confirmed, “I’m ok now, it was just me. Sabrina is amazing.” A little background on the “Heartbreaker” name: In October 2015, while packing up for the Hot Rod Reunion, Mark uncovered the dragster, and Sabrina was overwhelmed with emotion when she spotted the custom stickers he had made. In cursive letters the word “Heartbreaker” was placed neatly along the body nearest the cockpit, and inside of the cockpit, frontand-center where she can see it clearly, was the quote, “Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.” Sabrina has had many achievements over the years, and her mom has kept a journal of them all. In fact, there are so many that if I listed them all in this article I would exceed my allotted word count. Throughout her Jr. career she held a strong qualifying record and won many rounds, including making it to the semi-finals in her class, and that trend has continued to this

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I’M VERY GRATEFUL. I COULDN’T DO ANY OF THIS WITHOUT MY PARENTS


day. In April 2015, during the WCPG season at the Sacramento and Sonoma Raceways, she raced as the Heartbreaker for the first time in her NE1 Altered and ran 7.60-seconds at 180 mph. The WCPG is organized around seven separate racing events, but she unfortunately had to miss out on two. Even so, Sabrina was a number one qualifier in four of the races. She won two and was a runner up in three, and by Labor Day weekend she took second place in the championship: she would have taken first place if she didn’t have to miss two of the seven races. Sabrina met a bump in the road when her transmission broke during the WCPG Sonoma Races on Memorial Weekend, and to make matters worse, she had another race already scheduled for the following weekend. With the money from her previous winnings she was able to rebuild her transmission just in time to grip the strip. Jump forward to Labor Day weekend 2015, and Sabrina took second-place running A/Gas at the Governor’s Cup in Sacramento, and then in October she battled for fourth place in the ANRA Series Championship at the Famoso Raceway. March 2016 was Sabrina’s first time running in the altered class for the Famoso Raceway’s March Meet, and I was fortunate enough to be there to witness Sabrina’s driving talents. With her parent’s assistance, Sabrina began the usual prep routine: Diana helped her get suited up and into the

dragster, and then Mark pulled her to the water box for a burnout while Diana ran out front to help Sabrina line up to the starting line. “I’m very grateful. I couldn’t do any of this without my parents,” Sabrina said in a heartfelt tone. At the end of the event, she qualified 5th in her class out of 35 cars and lost in the fourth round, very impressive for such a hard-hitting event.

Since we last spoke in late-May, Sabrina’s most recent win was in early-April 2016, during the WCPG series season opener held at the Sonoma Raceway, where she claimed first place in her class, and the family went to Sacramento the following weekend to run in the NHRA Heritage Series — Sabrina lost in the semi-final and took third place. She plans to keep up the momentum throughout the season to gain more wins for Capps Racing, and the trio is currently on the lookout for sponsors to assist with the costs of a $5,000 engine refresh. Since 2016, Sabrina has continued in her racing and will be hopefully back racing this season having added a new addition to the family. Her plans for the future? To go faster, of course. She dreams to someday step up to A/Fuel, and then to a Nitro Funny Car. “That’s where I really want to be,” she said. Aspirations outside of racing include finishing her education and having a career as a nurse.

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#101 OF 264 A Volkswagen Harlequin and Its Delightfully Different Owner Words by Alexandria Tacy Photos by Amanda Cook


DON’T BE AFRAID AND ALWAYS BE REAL Delilah Carew

” Outside of a retro inspired cafe, with jazz music in the background and a historic theatre next door, I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Delilah Carew and her 1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin. Every bit as vivid as her owner, “Polly” is certainly one of a kind. Number 101 of 264, Delilah’s Harlequin is built to taste and it does not lack in style or expression. With a 24v VR6 swap under the hood, custom Recaro interior and Ronal teddy bear wheels all sitting on coilovers, Polly is quite the showstopper and estimated to be one of the 115 Harlequin Golf’s still accounted for as of June, 2017. With generations of mechanics in her family, Delilah has always been submersed in the automotive world.She has always liked cars but doesn’t particularly enjoy working on them. She states that she used to be overweight so that her reason for going to school for mechanics is because she didn’t think she would ever find a husband to work on them for her and it made her realize that she needed to learn how to do things for herself. Her earliest recollection of being involved with cars was when she was around eight years old. Her dad was fixing the brakes on his Imperial and her two brothers were helping. Delilah said she remembers wanting to help as well but her father’s opinion was that women didn’t work on cars so he gave her some pliers and told her to pluck the grass. Since then she has amassed a knowledge of mechanics, modifications and even some body work. When asked about what inspired her build, Delilah stated that

she didn’t initially intend on buying a Harlequin until she was in her late twenties after she had purchased a home. After casually mentioning to a friend one day that she had wanted one, he stated that she needed to check out a build that a guy in Georgia was working on. Sal from S&P Automotive had started the initial build and color matched the car. When she saw the pictures of the Harlequin and how it looked like a Lego explosion all through the engine bay, how it was bright and colorful and weird and that people didn’t know what to think about it...and how that had been how she felt her entire life, she knew that there would never be another vehicle more perfect for her. Refusing to take no for an answer, Delilah told Sal that she was buying his car. She worked three jobs and saved up for a year during which time she and Sal would discuss the fine details of the build and what she wanted. When she had the money, she didn’t even argue his asking price- she was just thankful to finally be able to call Polly her own. When asked for her words for female auto enthusiasts, Delilah says “Don’t be afraid and always be real.” If you don’t know how to do something, then own it. If all you know how to do is PlastiDip your emblems, as long as you aren’t claiming to know more then nobody will give you a hard time. People respect you for being real, honest and for having a willingness to learn a lot more than they will if you just stand half-naked in front of your car pretending to know something you don’t. If you want to play with the boys, you have to act like one of the boys. And always, always be yourself.

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SHE’S A LITTLE BIT OF SASS AND A LOT OF BADASS Unknown

Artwork by: Candy Wild

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VWGIRLS Words by Melody Bailey

A solid foundation is important in any organization, and in order for a car club to continue growing its foundation is equally as important. Boasting a member base of over 1,000 members VWGirls is an international car crew consisting only of females who have a deep passion for Volkswagens and/or Audis. Based in Canada, VWGirls is not only the biggest all-car girl crew in the country, it is the biggest Volkswagen themed all-girl crew worldwide. VWGIRLS attend large events in their region to support their love of Volkswagens and encourage other girls to do the same. VWGIRLS was founded in 2013 by Mélissa Savard from Quebec, Canada with the idea of bringing all women with a passion for Volkswagen and Audis together. “In a maledominant scene, it is not always easy to get acknowledged for our hard work. With that said, our mission is to unite and show the world what women can achieve. We take pride proving that women do have a place in the automotive industry/scene.” She continues, “We currently have members representing us in Canada, United States, Sweden, England, France, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Australia, Germany, and many more! We want to keep growing and have members representing in all countries and regions! That is the reason VWGirls was created.” First, she created a page on Instagram (@vwgirls) strictly reserved to girls with Volkswagens. She wanted to see their cars and to connect with them> Next she created a private Facebook group where girls could chat, ask questions, and share her love for Volkswagens with others like her. Melissa says, “The Instagram page grew quickly, and it was impressive to see how many girls actually had a true passion for these cars. That is when the idea of a girls-only Volkswagen crew came up. There were a lot of ‘car girl’ crews

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in the automotive scene already but, at the time, none were dedicated to only one brand. Also, none were officially organized. Most groups would simply ask for a picture of your car, and then you would automatically become a member. Becoming a VW Girl isn’t as easy. To become part of the team, you have to fill out a two-page application. All of our members have a Member Identification number and are well identified. With their Member ID associated with their application, we know which car(s) every girl in our crew has, as well as their name, location, modifications, preferences, and social media information. This helps us keep in touch and stay organized.” VWGirls has a Facebook page with more than 50,000 likes and an Instagram account with more than 35,000 followers. Here you will see posts of new members as well as photos of the cars of the current members. They also post all VWGIRLS updates like upcoming events and announcements. Melissa says, “After receiving a lot of support from the Instagram and Facebook group pages, it was decided to also create a public Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VWgirls), dedicated to the crew. Since then, we’ve designed t-shirts, hoodies, lanyards, hats, key chains, air fresheners, phone cases and many more fun items that we are selling in our online store, where we also offer car/VW/Audi related products.” Melissa states, “Our members’ ages range from 16 to 70+ years old and their professions are very diverse from one another. We have women who are nurses, teachers, mechanics, pharmacists, etc., as well as students and retired women. It is vital to our club that all VWGirls members accept all other VW/Audi owners that would like to join the movement. After nearly 5 years of VWGIRLS existing, I am very happy to be a part of a drama-free environment. I have met so many incredible women along the way as well as


It is vital to our club that all VWGirls members accept all other VW/Audi owners that would like to join the movement. Melissa Savard

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seeing lots of new friendships growing from our similar interests. As a future for the club I see growth in all ways possible. Every year we multiply our amount of member. We are getting more and more visibility every day. One day, I hope to have members in every city of the world and possibly have a huge worldwide event. We also look forward to participating in more charity events in the future.”

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HOT RODS, MOTORCYCLES AND MYSTERY WITH LORI BENTLEY LAW Words by Tara Hurlin

“Old cars and trucks resemble a love of history and craftsmanship, coupled with the romantic idealism of how it has survived for decades, centuries even; the fantastic notion that it has lived a life before–and yeah, I know you can argue a thing can’t live, but I know different. My Bondorella thrums with life.” Lori Bentley Law is an award-winning television and news photojournalist for NBC in Los Angeles, California, a talented author, and perhaps the most happy-go-lucky, down-to-earth car, truck and motorcycle gal I’ve ever met. She is at her happiest when she can climb behind the wheel of her 1948 Ford pickup named Bondorella or hop on her motorcycle for a bit of adventure. “The sense of freedom on the open road is pretty darned impossible to describe. My Sporty and I have trekked across the country, burning up tons of miles, and I’m sure we have many other adventures to come — and not just on the Sporty, but on our other two-wheeled beasts as well,” she said. Lori and her husband have somewhere around 30 motorcycles and several are dirt bikes. “They all have different characteristics and we love every single one of them, that’s why we have so many,” she said. For example, Lori loves the way the Triumph Bonneville looks, so she purchased a 1977, but as it turned out it was too large for her to kickstart on her own. Being a very independent woman, nothing is worse than having to have someone else kick-start her bike. Now she has a 2004 Triumph Bonneville that shares the looks of the older model, but starts with ease. “People now have stereos on their motorcycles or headphones to listen to music, but part of the experience for me is being absent from all of that noise. If I need to, I just start singing.”

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“The sense of freedom on the open road is pretty darned impossible to describe. My Sporty and I have trekked across the country, burning up tons of miles, and I’m sure we have many other adventures to come — and not just on the Sporty, but on our other two-wheeled beasts as well,”

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At first, Lori didn’t intend to buy the 1948 Ford F1 pickup that she found at a Pomona Swap meet, looking lonely in the parts section with a sign posted “for part or whole.” After all, she always loved Studebakers and she thought the Ford would be way too big of a project for her; but her husband saw how much she loved it, and about a month later he talked her into the purchase. That same year, her husband bought her a 1952 Mercury flat-head engine to bring the truck back to life as “Bondorella.” Lori isn’t afraid to bust a knuckle — or lose patches of hair — to keep her beloved Bondorella running smoothly. One day, while Lori was driving in bumper-to-bumper Southern California traffic, Bondorella’s old drum brakes failed. Thankfully, she was able to pull the truck over safely and have it towed home. There, she began troubleshooting the problem; Lori upgraded the brake system with a dual-reservoir master cylinder, rebuilt the wheel cylinders and put in all new lines. “I had never done anything like that before!” she exclaimed. Just as many projects do, it took some trial-and-error: The new dual reservoir had a flip-top, and because of the location of the master cylinder, under the driver’s side floorboard, she was unable to open the latch. In came the remote reservoir.

The repairs took three consecutive weekends and to make matters more difficult, the place where she was getting the parts wasn’t opened when she was able to work on the truck. So when she discovered the plunger length was too long, then the next time it was too short, she had to wait even longer for the correct part. Even after everything was installed and the brakes were bled, it still didn’t feel right. Lori didn’t detect any leaks, so she asked for advice on the H.A.M.B., a well-known forum for traditional hot rodders, where someone suggested fiddling with the drum adjustment; she did and Bondorella was finally stopping smoothly. “After driving a ways and realizing what I had accomplished on my own, raw and overpowering pride and happiness gushed through me and I shed a few tears behind the wheel,” Lori said. Not much later, Lori went to her hairdresser for her usual appointment only to discover she was missing chunks of hair from the top of her head. She didn’t have her hair completely covered while working and the brake fluid had dissolved her hair; they both had a good laugh.

MOTOR DOLLS

Motor Dolls is a girl-powered adventure following two gearhead gals: Jeda, a graphic artist that could make a career as a stunt-double, and Benny, a photographer seeking her perfect moment on film. Both are in search of their life’s passion while teaming together to discover a prophecy shared by a stranger on the day of Jeda’s Grandmother’s passing. There is suspense at every turn of the page. Lori’s writing can be described as a work of art as she paints the picture of the two girl’s lives with her words:

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“She shifted and pulled the accelerator more, the bike vibrating under her as she pushed the machine beyond anything she’d ever tried. It responded to every subtle movement, every slight pull and she knew it had more to give. She opened it up all the way, propelling her forward, burning a path toward the destination. Pushing. Blazing. Faster. Faster.” It’s a novel filled with thrills, mystery and self-discovery. And the best part of all? It is the first book in a series of three, so there is more to look forward to in the future! Visit http://www.motordolls.com for more information and to follow Lori’s life adventures via her blog.

Photocredit: Photo courtesy of Lori Bentley Law

Lori has always been a reader, but no matter how hard she searched, she could never find novels based off of car girl adventures. “I thought it would be fun to write a fiction about girls, motorcycles and cars,” she said. It took quite a few years to write, and on top of that, she was turned down several times by publishers because their opinion was ‘girls wouldn’t be interested.’ Needless to say that was a low-blow and she sat on the idea for about 10 years, until the spark reignited and she published the book titled Motor Dolls herself, and motor gals (and guys) everywhere are glad that she did.


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THE FIRST HURDLE Words by Shannon Wendell

I thought the hardest part was getting the job at the busiest shop in the area. I had no idea what I was in for this day. It was a day that would change the way I look at my job forever. As I shut off the ignition, and gather my things, and begin my mantra. I can totally do this! I shut and lock the door, and begin walking into my next adventure. I am greeted by my new manager who flashes me his rehearsed smile, which surprisingly calmed my nerves. He provides me a quick rundown before showing me to my station. Within a few minutes, the doors are unlocked and in come my very first customers. A woman and her son approach, by the looks of them, you can see it’s been a rough morning. She got a flat tire on the way to the school. They are late, and her son has a project to present to the class. She’s frazzled, but relieved to be working with a woman. I assure her to the best of my ability that we will get her on the road again as soon as possible.

After speaking with the tech, and seeing the tire it’s painfully obvious that it cannot be repaired. The sidewall has been damaged by being driven flat. Great, just what she wanted to hear, NOT! I know she isn’t going to like the news. I hate telling people it’s more then they hoped. So I put on my happy face and hope she takes it well. I break the news to her, she agrees to replace the tire, and she is back on the road in a fairly short amount of time.

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It’s been a few minutes since her car was pulled into the bay so I take a walk back to see what can be done. I haven’t had a chance to introduce myself to any of the technicians and its obvious there are some who are happy to see a woman, and some that aren’t. But that is a story in itself so moving on.


THERE ARE STILL HONEST AND HARDWORKING PEOPLE STRIVING FOR QUALITY WORK AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION.

” My day carried on somewhat uneventfully until late afternoon. I am at my station completing my work orders when a man appears. He’s visibly anxious, so I am hesitant to introduce myself and ask if he needs any help. Without warning, he lounges forward; hands stretched out reaching for my throat and shouting something about taking advantage of his wife. I jolt backward out of his reach and my mind races to connect the dots. Then it clicks, this must be the husband of the women I worked with earlier. Confusion sets in again, because well, I do honest work. I’ve never sold anything someone didn’t need. And furthermore, I am a woman myself, why would I ever take advantage of another? I can see my manager coming towards us. He’s worried, and wants to deescalate the situation. I want to show him that I can handle anything, so I put a hand up to say that I got this. While maintaining my calm, I ask the man if he would like to see why I recommended to replace the tire. He’s still angry but agrees and follows me to the tire pile out back.

strive every day to make sure my customers are informed about the estimate on both cost and time. I educate them regarding the repairs needed and make sure they understand why these things are important. I want them to feel comfortable with us. Believe it or not, we are here to help people. We are not just in the business of making money. It truly is a shame, that some have brought such awful misconceptions to all of us in this industry. There are still honest and hardworking people striving for quality work and customer satisfaction. It can be very easy to be offended by customers with trust issues. After all, it wasn’t you who burned them. But this is your opportunity to show them that there are shops worth trusting out there. We are not all crooks, and it takes people like us to prove it.

His face softens as he sees the damage to the tire, and begins to apologize profusely. The question begs to be asked. Why? Is it because I am a woman? Is it because he has been burned by other people before, leaving him to question every time his vehicle enters the shop? This is a big problem for the auto repair industry. Creating and maintaining the trust between those who repair cars, and those who need their cars repaired, is crucial in our success. I

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