Just came across this, and I have got to say it is a fantastic idea.
Even though I'm a bloke I had minimal help from my dad with doing mechanical work and had to teach myself which end of the spanner does what. My first big effort was buying two rolling wreck cars and making one good one out of it. Sure it was an old bomb, but it was my bomb and the satisfaction in getting that old bird working (mostly without outside help, aside from needing extra hands when doing an engine swap) was absolutely priceless. Learning from friends/mentors is one thing, but figuring something out yourself is absolutely priceless.
I can also understand the barriers, perceived or otherwise. The more of you that put your best foot forward, the stronger you & your mutual goals will be. Best of luck, i hope this thread & the ww.com site becomes a resounding success.
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