Our March Babe of the Month is one of the coolest car chicks you’ll ever meet from NorCal. Dorothy Von Fink can be spotted cruising around in her 1962 Mercury Comet she has owned since high school. This talented lady also has a knack for laying down some pinstriping lines. Check our exclusive photoshoot in her hometown of Napa, California with Dorothy, her 1962 Comet.
Name: Trisha Turner aka Dorothy Von Fink
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA.
Current Residence: Napa, CA.
Occupation: Mortgage loan processor by day and Pinup/Pinstriper by night
Tell us about your ride Dorothy: Dorothy is a 1962 Mercury Comet. She is a mild custom with a V8 and lots of attitude
How long have you had her? I got Dorothy in 1997. She’s my first car and first love. When I got her, she was parked in a little field up the road from where I used to live. Her engine was frozen, all 4 tires were flat, there was a huge crack in the front windshield, the headliner and seats were ripped, oh and she was this awful beige color. I think I paid a whopping $250 for her.
Tell us about the paint job. The paint was laid down by none other than “World Famous” Kyle Martin, who happens to be my fella. Using House Of Kolor “Meteor Maroon”, Kyle chose to do a Larry Watson inspired panel paint job, which was perfect to accentuate that 60’s mild kustom vibe my car needed.
Longest distance traveled in Dorothy? As of now, The Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, Ca. has been the furthest. I would love to eventually drive her down to Viva Las Vegas for the car show at some point.
What’s the best thing about owning a classic car? Well, having a classic car has always been a great outlet for self-expression for me. I knew a long time ago that my style was unique for the area I grew up in. For example, I was the only girl at my high school that drove a classic car. While all of the other girls had European or Japanese cars, I had Dorothy.
I knew back then that I was different and that I didn’t want to blend in with the typical surf style or the “normal” crowd. Dorothy was a tool that I used to bond with my Dadas well. He used to work all the time when I was little, so when I was able to buy a car that struck his interest too, I was all about it. We worked on her together, got her running and he even shot her first paint job in our driveway which was satin black Rustoleum. Thanks to my Dad, I have a crazy affinity for classic cars and drag racing.
What’s the worst thing about owning a classic car? With Dorothy having so many issues when I first got her, there have been many things that needed work and upgrading. Let’s just say there has been a LOT of money, blood, sweat and tears put into making her what she is today. However, no power steering and no power brakes are the biggest downers too from time to time.
How long have you been a pinstriper? I’ve been a pinstriper for about 15 years give or take a year. My pinstriping studio is called Walk The Line Pinstriping studio.
Who’s your biggest influence? Kenneth Howard “Von Dutch”, Ed “Big Daddy'”Roth, Dean Jeffries, Tommy “the Greek”, Real Ralph, Kellie “Kandy Striper” to name a few. I have so many that inspire me on a daily basis the list is constantly growing
Any fun projects your currently working on? I’m always doing something fun with my artwork. At the moment, since pinstriping is my artistic/creative outlet, I wanted to make something that was useful and anyone could use, while still being affordable. So at the moment, I’m pinstriping sunglasses which can be found on my Instagram @cometgirl62. Soon I will have them up on my website
What’s your favorite car show to attend and why? At the moment, I have a few I really enjoy. Midnight Mass in Northern California is my favorite at the moment. The setting is great with lots of cars, a pinup contest, killer bands, and vendors. There’s a lot to do and see at that show and I always like bumping into familiar faces there. Plus it’s put on by The Poorboys Car Club which has been around in Northern California for quite a while. Other car shows I really like include: Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, West Coast Kruzin Nationals in Santa Maria, Billetproof in Antioch and Nite of the Hotrods put on by the Dragoons Car Club
What show are you planning to hit this summer? I will definitely be going to Midnight Mass Car show and West Coast Kustoms Cruzin’ Nationals in Santa Maria. Later in the year, I have plans for the Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield as well.
What would you like to accomplish? At this point, my hope is to keep making beautiful art with photographers and hair and makeup artists. Also, I would love to help aspiring pinups by coaching them with posing, styling and contests if they needed it. I want to assist those ladies who need a boost of confidence so they can achieve what they’re aiming for. For me that would be very fulfilling.