About Michele Shapiro
Michele Shapiro is the founder and editor-in-chief of drivelikeawoman.com. She has written for some of the nation’s top magazines including Forbes, Glamour and Marie Claire. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from New York University where she graduated with distinction. Her greatest passion however is racing cars.
Michele was the first American ever to compete in the Rally Aicha de Gazelles, a grueling 8-day rally in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. She was the winner of the 2004 European Bullrun Rally, driving from London to Ibiza, Spain in a Morgan Aero 8. She was one of the top 3 finalists, out of 400 applicants, for the Subaru drag racing female driver search in Los Angeles. In 2007, she participated in the re-running of the infamous 1907 Peking to Paris rally driving a 1930 Chevrolet. She single-handedly drove all 12,000 kilometers over 5 weeks from Beijing to Paris. In 2010, Michele drove from Moscow to Mongolia in a Land Rover military ambulance that the team donated to a local hospital upon arrival in Ulaan Baatar.
One of her favorite adventures was driving her Jeep Wrangler from San Francisco to New York by way of Guatemala. She has also swam with wild dolphins in Egypt and sea lions in the Galapagos, learned how to shoot poison blow darts in the Amazon and spent two months sailing around the Caribbean.
“My first idol was Speed Racer. When people would ask me what I wanted to be as a child I would say a racecar driver. As a young girl I would buy Vogue and Car & Driver. I didn’t want to be a boy, I very much wanted to be feminine, travel to exotic places, and race cars.” She has grown up a lot since then, but some things never change. “I’m constantly looking for new ways to challenge myself. My favorite challenges involve driving cars I’ve never driven before in places I’ve never been before. If I can just get Tom Ford to design my racing suit I’ll really be in heaven.”
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