As a part of their month-long promotion in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores nationwide are participating in a “Pink Out” day on October 10th. As you can see, some of the team at AskPatty joined in on the fun and “Pinked Out” for VIOC, too!
When we talked to VIOC about their special day, they told us “Pink Out Day is a visual event for a very visual product.” The product, of course, is AutoTex PINK Wiper Blades, and they're taking automotive retailers nationwide by storm this October. The goal of these wipers is to “Wipe Out Breast Cancer,” and they're following through on that promise by donating 20% of every blade sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
We know how much you love your cell phone. In fact,
according to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project*, 29
percent of cell owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t
imagine living without."
Well, not only can you not imagine living without your cell
phone, much of their research shows our devices are becoming an even more
important aspect of many drivers’ in-car connectivity experience.
Cell phones are now being used by 91
percent of adults, say the
results of a survey of 2,252 adults conducted between April 17 and May 19, 2013,
by Pew Research. In the same survey, they also found that 56 percent of American adults have smartphones and 34 percent have tablet-type computers
(such as an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire). And
increasingly, more and more people are
using their devices while they shop to compare prices and read product reviews.
Around here at AskPatty, we adore Shea Holbrook. Not only is
she an incredibly talented Pirelli
World Challenge racer, but she also works closely with Parent Project
Muscular Dystrophy, the largest nonprofit organization in the United States
focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and she’s currently raffling
off her own racing helmet to help raise awareness and funds for Parent Project
Want a chance to win Shea Holbrook's Racing Helmet, which is
valued at over $3,000? Buy a $20 raffle ticket at community.parentprojectmd.org/events/shea-holbrook
before October 5, 2013, and you could win her helmet after her last race at the Houston Grand Prix on that day.
Most of us love to score a good Groupon deal, and now
there's a great reason to love Groupon even more: Make a donation to
KidsAndCars.org through the Groupon website before Wednesday September 26,
2013, and for every $10 tax-deductible donation, KidsAndCars.org will receive
an additional $20 from matching sponsors.
Every year, thousands of children are hurt or die because a
driver moving very slowly in reverse did not see them. The dollars raised
by KidsAndCars.org will be used to provide safety professionals with BlindZone Education Kits that help drivers become aware of exactly
how large and dangerous the blindzone behind their vehicle is and what they can
do to eliminate this danger.
Cal Worthington, the quintessential car salesman best
remembered for television commercials starring his “dog” Spot, has passed away
at the age of 92. Worthington died Sunday after
watching football with family at his ranch north of Sacramento.
While I can’t say that he did anything to encourage my
career as an automotive journalist, I can say that Cal Worthington and his “dog” Spot
were frequent guests in our livingroom, as his commercials ran frequently on
local channels when I was growing up in Southern California in the 1970s and
1980s. His “dog” Spot was never a dog;
every commercial featured a different animal, from lions, tigers, and bears (oh
my!) to skunks, octopi, and pigs.
BMW chose New York City for the world debut of their visionary vehicle, the i3. With 8,175,13 citizens, NYC fits the profile of a densely populated urban metropolis where electric cars are ideal for short commutes.
studies carried out as part of BMW’s Project i involved more than a thousand
participants travelling by car over 12.5 million miles. Results showed
that the average daily distance covered was around 30 miles.
“In 2025, 8 billion people will live on the planet; 4.5 billion will
live in cities. There will be 1.8 billion cars on the roads. In order
to address the personal mobility needs of people living within the
world’s most densely populated urban city centers, BMW created BMW i –
the sustainable new sub-brand whose mission is to develop visionary
vehicles and mobility services.” ~ BMW Project i
Art mimics life in Kristin (MK) Ducote’s newly released book "Naked
Paddock." In this novel Ducote’s main character and the events surrounding the
lead's life are very similar to what Ducote herself has experienced. Throughout
"Naked Paddock" there are many ‘true tales’ regarding a woman’s insights (and juicy
behind-the-scenes drama) that occur within the fast and flashy world of motorsports,
and nobody can tell it better than the wife of Le Mans driver Chapman Ducote.
Although Kristin Ducote grew up riding horses on a little farm in Florida, her humble (and very grounded) childhood and later adulthood helped to
train and prepare her to be the amazingly successful 30-year-old she is today.
Which do you want more? A 2014-model-year
Ford F-150 with EcoBoost that has an actual retail value of up to $50,000? Or
backstage access before a concert with a private barbecue for four hosted by
Toby Keith? Well, thanks to Ford Trucks and Toby Keith’s “Hammer Down” Tour Sweepstakes,
you can have a chance to win them both!
When you put a friend whose main ride is a fully loaded 2010 BMW X5 into the driver’s seat of a 2013 Ford Escape, you kind of hold your breath.
Then again, this Escape was all new: a delightful ginger metallic color with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels and silver roof rails. The charcoal black interior had leather-trimmed seats and a Sync activated voice system that Kathy quickly figured out. All in all, it was a pretty snazzy ride.
Kathy settled in and murmured, “Nice seats, much more comfortable than my car.” Hmmmm…
There's no need to scream! If you see this
truck, Honda will give you free ice cream!
This summer, the SoCal Honda Dealers are helping
SoCal residents in a fun, summer-themed way: by treating them to free ice
cream! All weekend, from Friday August 9 through Sunday August
11th, 2013, the friendly blue Helpful Honda Ice Cream truck will be
out at community events in SoCal treating folks to free ice cream (first come,
first served). And unlike other ice cream trucks, you won’t hear the familiar
jingle as the truck approaches, because Honda will be posting its location on
our Facebook and Twitter pages instead!
Honda sent us photos of the truck so
you can keep an eye out for it. Also, stay tuned at Facebook.com/SoCalHondaDealers
and Twitter.com/HelpfulHonda for more
summer-themed giveaways (and many other helpful events)! In fact, if you pay
attention, you might even discover a chance to win some great premiums like LA
Dodgers and Galaxy gear as well as SoCal Honda polo shirts!