Bruderheim native Cheyenne Ruether is down in Las Vegas to wrench on Discovery's Vegas Rat Rods.
The opportunity of a lifetime came for Ruether to combine her two passions of mechanics and film a little over a year ago.
In early January 2016, the single mom who worked numerous jobs to make ends meet got a call from Discovery Channel and an American shop called Welderup. After a few interviews, a camera crew came to film Ruether at her auto body shop. The next thing she knew, she was off to Las Vegas.
"It all happened pretty fast, I started working on the first build after an hour of being there," said Ruether. "I was so busy preparing, it really didn’t even hit me until I was physically working on the cars in Vegas."
The auto guru with a weak spot for rat rods never thought her passion for the machine would ever land her where she is now.
"It’s one thing to do a job from start to finish by yourself; it’s another to have cameras rammed in your face 24/7 while you’re busting your (butt), tripping over a bunch of crazy fabricators and mechanics," explained Ruether of the experience. "But as always I’ve managed to hold my own just fine."
Ruether is looking forward to the launch of the new season of Vegas Rat Rods and the travel opportunities it will create for her. She's also looking forward to meeting fans of the show and connect more with the automotive world. Of course, Las Vegas is car show central with famous annual shows like SEMA, a Comic-Con for gear heads.
Season three of Vegas Rat Rods airs on Discovery Channel, March 30.