Briana Lee, May 2009 Model

When it comes to building cars and swapping parts, that is nothing new for powerTV. Now when it comes to girls on cars, it isn’t something we are used to, but we’ll obviously embrace it with open arms. With that being said, welcome to the first edition of our powerTV model shoots.

The Girl: Briana Lee, 21
Hometown: Sacramento, CA

The Car: 2001 Camaro SS
Owner: Luis Montoya

The Right Combination

When it comes to selecting a model, you have to find a girl that fits the car. The car we used was a 2001 Camaro SS owned by Luis Montoya. Luis had always been a Ford guy since his entire family owned them. A cousin of Luis prompted him to test drive a ’94 LT1 Z28 and he instantly fell in love at age 18. As most young people do that own muscle cars, Luis ended up totaling the Camaro after four months in which he bought a ’96 Trans Am WS6 that was later turned into a Lemon Law car.

In March 2006 he then bought his current 2001 Camaro SS from a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, making it his third F-body. The Camaro was purchased completely stock with a decent interior. Over the next two years, Luis transformed his Camaro into a show-and-go daily driver with even more modifications to come in the future.

Let’s talk about… Briana Lee

Name: Briana Lee
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Born: January 25, 1988
Ethnicity: Italian/Chinese
Website: www.modelmayhem.com/brianalee
Hair/Eye Color: Brown
Measurements: 34-26-36
Occupation: Full time model, part time at Hooters

Probably one of the first words you said after you saw Briana was, “Whoah”, just like us. Though her appearance may label her as sassy, she is a down to earth girl – she doesn’t like to party or guys with big egos. She even tries to cook and bakes to satisfy her culinary skills but generally finds herself eating at Del Taco frequently.

Briana was born and raised in Sacramento, California and now currently lives in Murrieta. She lived in St. Louis, Missouri during high school and jumped through a few different schools. Briana was spotted at a car show in Mississippi, and that’s how she got into modeling, little did she know it would blossom into something greater. She loves modeling, but only pursues it part time in hopes to return to college to get a degree as a teacher.

Something you didn’t know about Briana:

Career Aspiration: Go to college to become a teacher.

Likes: Meeting new people. warm weather, shopping, cars, make-up, traveling, dancing, food, singing, drag racing, movies, late nights, road trips, animals, drawing, cooking, the beach, hockey, photography

Dislikes: Dishonest people, cocky attitudes, drugs, slow drivers

Favorite Food: Does Del Taco work? Because I eat that about four times a week.

Describe Yourself in Three Words: Trustworthy, creative and spontaneous

Something I can’t live without: The Internet, if I HAD to choose.

Dream Car: R35 Skyline GT-R, they are pretty bad ass.

One of your Secrets: My boobs are real, I don’t know if I should say that.

Describe your weekends: I try to schedule them off so I can get caught up on my normal chores.

Favorite Modeling Moment: I was on stage when a driver won a SCCA championship, with the trophies with and the champaign popping. It was an adrenalin rush

Talents: I can write anything off the top of my head. I can draw and paint. I’m really poetic.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere sunny and warm. Maybe like the Florida Keys or the Caribbean.

Something you didn’t know about Luis’s 2001 SS:

Performance:
SLP air lid, K&N filter, LS6 intake manifold, MSD 8.5 plug wires, NGK TR-55 plugs, Pacesetter off road long tube headers, 3” off road Y pipe to a full 3” loud mouth exhaust, ported MAF ends, SLP de-screened mass air flow sensor, BBK throttle body and bypass, street tuned.

Suspension/Chassis:
Mac polished chrome strut tower brace, Eibach Sportline lowering springs, Bilstein heavy-duty shocks.

Drivetrain:
Pro 5.0 short throw shifter with Lou’s Short stick, 3:73 gears

Exterior Modifications:
Sunset Orange Metallic, SS chrome caliper decals, billet grill with ‘69 SS emblems, clear halo head lights, clear turn signals, chrome flamed nose badge, chrome camaro rear inserts, removed Side moldings.

Engine Dress Up:
Polished fuel rail, polished valve covers, polished belt tensioner pulley, polished brake fluid reservoir cover, chrome water reservoir, polished brake cap, polished AC lines, polished fuse box covers, polished battery cover with SS logo and build number, polished PCM Cover, polished traction control cover, polished radiator cap, polished oil cap and dip stick.

Interior Modifications:
Clairon DVD player, SS seat decals, SS gauge decals ,chrome billet pedals, SS billet shift knob, Chevy chrome steering wheel bow tie, Camaro SS dash plaque.

About the author

Mark Gearhart

In 1995 Mark started photographing drag races at his once local track, Bradenton Motorsports Park. He became hooked and shot virtually every series at the track until 2007 until he moved to California and began working as a writer for Power Automedia. He was the founding editor for its first online magazines, and transitioned into the role of editorial director role in 2014. Retiring from the company in 2016, Mark continues to expand his career as a car builder, automotive enthusiast, and freelance journalist to provide featured content and technical expertise.
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