TEAM #208

VEHICLE: 2019 Honda Pilot

Ariel and Mel both work at Honda R&D in Torrance, CA. Ariel works as a Product Planner and Mel works in Fabrication as an upholsterer. Mel’s work has been featured in various car magazines and has also appeared on the car building television show Overhaulin’ and the series Finetuned. Ariel’s experience working on cars has only begun recently, but she’s already fallen in love with it and can’t wait to do more.

Honda R&D Americas

Baja Designs


Treaty Oak


HOMETOWN: Orange, California

RESIDENCE: Torrance, California

OCCUPATION: Product Planner

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

-Nelson Mandela

FUN FACT: Ariel’s interests include thriller novels, anything and everything science fiction, and comic books. Also, one of her life goals is to learn how to fly and become a licensed pilot.


HOMETOWN: Torrance, California

RESIDENCE: Alhambra, California

OCCUPATION: Fabricator

“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.”

-Brene Brown

FUN FACT: Aside from working on cars, Mel has been a certified personal trainer for 15 years. She lives part time with her 10 year old son, Wyatt. When she’s not driving him around to his many sporting events, they can be found riding their bikes around the neighborhood chasing Pokemon.