‘Ruthless’ will be featured in an automotive documentary

Ruthy Bedard and her 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe will be featured in the documentary ‘Detroit: City of Hot Rods and Muscle Cars’.

METRO DETROIT — On September 9, Ruthy Bedard will sit down with local documentary filmmaker Keith Famie for an interview about his 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe.

His story will be one of many featured in Famie’s documentary, “Detroit: City of Hot Rods and Muscle Cars.” Bedard purchased the 1936 model in May 2019. Bedard recently provided details of his vintage vehicle via email to C&G Newspapers.

“The car was restored in Illinois by a real hot rodder with modern features,” Bedard said. “It was a seven year old build and belonged to Robert Bozarth who died in 1977. I am the proud custodian of his jewel. The Renaissance Red paint (is) the DuPont color.

Bedard said anyone who sees the “magnificent coupe wants to know what’s under the hood.”

“The coupe’s engine is a GM 350 crate connected to a Turbo 350 automatic transmission with a Ford 9-inch rear, Roadster Shop chassis and V-8 engine with numerous styling upgrades,” Bedard said.

These upgrades include power trunk and windows, leather interior, working headlamps, continental spare tire, fender skirts, pinball covers, air conditioning, power brakes, CD player and AM radio /FM. Oh, and she even gave the car a name: “Ruthless.”

Bédard became the owner of the coupé following her divorce. She received “one of our timeshare hobby cars”, which was a 1947 Ford panel delivery truck.

“That vehicle wasn’t me, so I sold it and looked for a car that suited me,” she said. That’s when she takes the wheel of her coupe.

“I loved the ’30s style, I loved hot rods, and I joined a car club called South Lyon Cowtown Cruisers as a single woman,” she said. “I loved the styling of the big, curved fenders and a curved rear ‘booty’. The girls and the color red match my style. I looked for a coupe because it’s smaller compared to a truck and I wanted to take my girlfriends with me to car shows and do ‘cruzin’ cars.

Driving the coupe is “awesome” and “a lot of fun”.

“Everyone smiles when I walk past,” she said. “Happy times.”

Bedard currently resides in Howell but has lived in Novi, Detroit, Livonia and Milford. The coupe owner has a driving partner whenever she wants to take a ride: her husband Gary. She said it’s Gary who meticulously maintains the classic car ‘so I can turn the key and we’ll go on a cruise’. She can’t wait to be a part of “Detroit: City of Hot Rods and Muscle Cars.”

At press time, Famie and the crew members planned to attend the annual Woodward Dream Cruise to film part of the documentary. On July 21, at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in Eastpointe, Famie and company met with several classic car owners who are also veterans. They shared their stories about cars and the war for the film.

According to a letter from Fred Nahhat, Detroit Public TV’s senior vice president of production, “Detroit: The City of Hot Rods & Muscle Cars” will premiere “centered around Father’s Day 2023.” Famie grew up in Farmington Hills and resides in Novi.

Famie is a producer, director, and writer at Visionalist Entertainment Productions in Wixom, and the film’s executive producers are Famie and John and Carole Kulhavi. Famie wanted to inject female power into the film. So he and the crew members attended this year’s Women’s Motor Fest on June 18 at the Bakers of Milford restaurant to film the film. Women’s Motor Fest is a women-focused event where women can share their passion for cars, motorcycles, trucks, and off-road vehicles.

At the event, Michigan-based singer-songwriter Jill Jack performed live, including her song “Fast Cars Ain’t Just for Boys Anymore,” which was written for the documentary . A commentary on Famie’s experience was posted on the film’s website at detroitmusclecarfilm.com.

“It’s no secret that the automotive industry has been predominantly male-dominated since the invention of cars. Women are too often excluded from motoring and car culture,” the website states. “We are thrilled to share this story in the film as a tribute to a community that is sometimes overlooked in the automotive industry. There are many women who care as much, if not more, about fast cars and car culture.

A second Women’s Motor Fest show is scheduled for September 10 in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, visit the Women’s Motor Fest website at womensmotorfest.com.

Do you own a vehicle with an interesting history? Email Maria Allard at [email protected] for a chance to participate in an upcoming edition of Behind the Wheel.

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