Need for Speed – 81-Year-Old Polish Lady Loves Driving Her 300hp 2016 Subaru WRX STI

Challenging the idea that elderly ladies are slow is 81-year-old Michalina Borowczyk-Jędrzeje. The Polish grandmother is the proud owner of a 2016 Subaru WRX STI, a car that she enjoys taking out for a spin every single day. Photographs and video clips of her driving the cool sports car have gone viral online, much to the amusement of younger Polish residents.

Speaking to the media, Michalina revealed that she’s been passionate about fast cars since childhood. And now that she’s retired, she has plenty of time to drive around town in her favorite car. Some reports have suggested that the Subaru isn’t Michalina’s first car – she has apparently owned several Opels, a BMW, a Mazda, and a Honda before this. But Subaru has always been her favorite, and she saved up for 13 years before she could finally afford the €46,000 ($50,285) car. “I love the sound of its engine,” she said. “It purrs, it is a pleasure. This car has a soul, a heart, and unlike other cars, it got me hooked.”


Photo: Andrzej Grygiel

Michalina, a resident of Katowice, often takes her cars for rides to other cities as well like Czestochowa, Krakow, and Wroclaw. She manages to put in 6,000 to 9,000 miles of driving a year, which is not bad at all considering her age. Of course, maintaining these cars isn’t exactly cheap, but the savings from her investments and rent from her inherited properties do help to keep her expensive hobby going.


This story just goes to show you that you don’t need to stop having fun just because you’re older. If an 81-year-old lady can drive a 300 hp Subaru WRX, I can definitely keep playing video games without worrying people may think I’m immature. Thanks Michalina! Oh, and I love your driving gloves.