Who is Julia Kiseleva ?
I would say Julia is an engineer by education and petrolhead by blood. Yes, I consider myself as a real car enthusiast, why? Well…. I love cars! I love driving them, learning about them and modifying them. What defines a true car enthusiast? in my opinion being a “car enthusiast” has nothing to do with how much expensive car you can afford. It has to do with whether you treat a car as an appliance, or a source of enjoyment. Although, admittedly, a car enthusiast is probably willing to spend more on their cars then someone who just views them as an appliance for getting from point A to point B.
How did your passion for automotive started and when?
If you ask any car enthusiast how their automotive passion began, you’ll find that at some point in their life they were exposed to car culture in some way, which inspired them to take an interest in it.
But I think that opportunities like these aren’t as common for women, simply because people just don’t assume they’re going to like cars. People will argue that the main reason is because we are taught from birth that girls should like pink things and dolls and flowers.
I played with Barbie dolls as a young girl and was never surrounded by cars or motorsports as a kid. My dad would have never thought to teach me about them either.
After school I have started my studies at mechanical faculty and then I met someone – who opened up a window for me into the automotive world. I jumped through that window and never looked back, and all I’ve wanted to do ever since is explain to more women why they should do the same. I know they won’t regret making the same jump I did…
We see you around so many Super Cars, what can you tell us about this?
What is a Super Car? It’s a term these days that’s so casually used it seems that nobody really knows what the true meaning is anymore. For me Super Cars are masterpieces of design and engineering performance.
If money was no object, we’d probably all like a high performance Super Car sitting on the drive. For serious petrol heads how about a spin around the track in a single seater race car so you can live out those F1 fantasies? Driving a supercar is like TYPING IN ALL CAPS WHEREVER YOU GO.
Your Camaro just turned Purple and received a makeover, what’s up with that?
For most people modifying a car is a hobby, which turns into a passion, which turns into an obsession. They start with small little things to improve the looks. Some people see it as a waste but enthusiasts will argue that its better than spending it on clubs and parties and it keeps us out of trouble (mainly) as we are always working on the next thing. This brings me to my next point, no one’s project is ever “finished” not matter how complete it looks, this is due to our obsession with having to change everything and keep it all fresh.
Many people are asking why I choose purple color: Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. Purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, power, luxury, and ambition. I always try to bring meaning even to small things I do.
You own several vehicles yourself, which one is the dearest to your heart?
I owned only German cars before I moved to Dubai. Likely you’ve heard the phrase “German engineering” more than a few times in your life and that it equals to good reliability.
Audi S8 – that was my first experience in Dubai, same as Jason Statham was using in “Transporter Refueled” movie, a brutal German super-sedan. Then Audi RS6 V10 5.0 Twin-turbo 580hp. Designed for das autobahn, but works brilliantly just about everywhere. So next my purchase was a Camaro.. Why? I have always loved the idea of not being what people expect me to be and to choose. The “Transformers” movie has become just as much about the cars as they are about the shape-shifting robots. I decided to change something in my life and to try a car I would never think about before. 6.2L V8 engine with loud exhaust and massive aggressive look, that is exactly what I needed. Big changes came to my life with this car, I met a lot of amazing people and true friends, I’m sure nothing could be more valuable. There will always be a small quiet place in my heart that belongs only to my Camaro. It definitely not the most powerful and luxury car I have ever tried but it has something special that took my soul.
You ride with so many car clubs, how do guys perceive the idea of a woman riding along side and sometimes racing in the arena against them?
Most of the guys just assume that you need to be physically strong, masculine and have a competitive nature to enjoy cars as a hobby. It’s more about the fact that women are the minority in this male-dominated industry.
Before 2 years when I just joined the UAE Camaro club most of the guys looked at me with a big question because my look doesn’t match my personality but I was the best example of the quote “Don’t judge the book by its cover”. So now we are all like big a family and they treat me like an equal.
What message you are sending to our community by being a woman in a men’s world.
I think we can all agree that the majority of men come pre-programmed with some kind of instinctual attraction to things that go fast and make loud noises. The choice of cars as a hobby comes naturally. But generally, women aren’t like this. Women, at some point, are going to need convincing that cars are fun, and not just some silly toys that men play around with.
I hope that one day there will be no such thing as a “girl car enthusiast”. It’s probably unrealistic to believe in men no longer dominate the automotive industry, but I still think the world would be a much cooler place if more girls liked cars