Opening a box to reveal colored balloons just wouldn't do for these expectant parents.

By Melissa Willets
November 22, 2016

Melissa Masquelier's family owns a local automotive shop in Tracy, California. So when she and her husband Joe set out to plan a gender reveal for their friends and family, a car race was the obvious choice. But this wasn't just any old reveal. The video posted to YouTube, set to the song TNT by AC/DC, has some major production value, not to mention suspense and sentimental value.

"The Camaro and Mustang in this video were the cars we drove in high school when we first started dating over 14 years ago," Joe told in an email.

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Joe told us these cars were also featured in the couple's wedding pictures, and a baby announcement video. In fact, back in high school, he and Melissa were known as the 'hot rod' couple. "These cars were—up until now—our 'babies.'"

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On race day, the soon-to-be parents—Joe representing #TeamBoy and Melissa #TeamGirl—went head-to-head. Auntie Jill was standing by to officially start the race, flag in hand, while a crowd of fans—er, friends and family—cheered them on.

We see the expectant parents take off, putting the pedal to the metal, and blasting toward the finish line. Except, um, as Joe told us, "At no time did either car ever get going any faster than 10-15 mph." He adds, "The 'race' scenes were all masterfully edited to look fast and furious in post-production by my good friend and videographer/animator, Shayne Webb." They even used a stunt driver (Melissa's dad) to make sure Mom and Baby were safe at all times.

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You'll have to watch the video to see whether #TeamBoy or #TeamGirl wins the race. But as Joe said about the crowd's reaction to the news: "It was definitely something Melissa and I will remember forever!"

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.


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