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May 11, 2015

May is for Moms Extravaganza Tip 4


Touch Up Her Paint!

If Mom’s paint has small dings or scratches, touch them up with a paint repair pen like the Turtle Wax Premium Grade Scratch Repair Kit. Such a kit can easily remove light scratches from small to larger areas. For deep scratches, using the kit along with matching touch-up paint from the dealership helps to improve the final appearance, making repairs nearly invisible and as smooth as the original paint job.


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May 10, 2015

Ode to Motherhood by Jody DeVere CEO




My children have always been

Three strong anchors

When the hard winds of life blew

They always kept me grounded


My first child, a son, stirring in the womb

Love at first sight at your birth

Rocking you to sleep singing Blackbird

All blond curls and blue eyes


My second child, a son, born strong and fine

Brothers forever, sweet boys

Curtain climbers and sandwich grabbers

Fed my poor fishes Kool-Aid..RIP


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May 08, 2015

Like Mother, Like Son? Mother’s Day Musings from a Car-Loving Mom

2015-ford-mustang“I really like that new Mustang,” my 12-year-old said to me the other day while we were driving home from school. “Oh, really?” I replied in surprise. “Yeah,” he said, pointing to one near us on the road, “It looks really powerful, and they did a good job keeping the essence of the old one.”

That really came out of left field; he had his face in his iPad, and I had no idea he was paying attention to the cars around us. We enjoyed a short conversation then, discussing the finer points of the new Mustang’s design, right down to the blinking patterns of the taillights, and how he liked the new bold face of Ford. And yes, he actually said all that.

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May is for Moms Extravaganza Tip #3

Car Care and Detailing

Short on cash but have big intentions? Then detail Mom’s car for her!

TurtleWax offers an entire collection of car care items that will help you detail Mom’s car at an affordable price. 

One bottle of Turtle Wax ICE Car Wash costs under $10 and will last up to 64 washes. Turtle Wax ICE Wheel & Tire Cleaner quickly and easily cuts through brake dust, road grime, dirt and oil. And Turtle Wax's ICE Total Interior Care can be used to easily clean its interior surfaces -- including carpeting and upholstery fabric, soft-vinyl or leather, and hard dash and door panels.

"Many people think that cleaning their own car can be a time consuming process," said Mike Schultz, senior vice president of product development for Turtle Wax.  "With today's car care products, washing and waxing a car takes no more than an hour, and cleaning the interior takes minutes. So not only is washing and waxing your own car cost effective, it only takes the time of a round trip to the car wash - without the added cost of gas to get there." 


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May 07, 2015

Denise McCluggage, the First Lady of Racing, dies at 88

Denise_McCluggageIt is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Denise McCluggage, an American auto racing driver, journalist, author, and photographer, yesterday at the age of 88. McCluggage was a pioneer of equality for women in the U.S., both in motorsports as well as in journalism, and she broke ground for the many female racers and journalists who have followed after her.

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May 06, 2015

May is for Moms Extravaganza Tip #2

Sport Driving School

For women who want to do more than just drive a few hotlaps, consider giving her an educational driving school such as the Porsche “Women’s Only” class designed exclusively for women drivers. What’s different about the “Women’s Only” course? Very little! Bathroom breaks are a little longer, but the instruction is the same as what’s offered in the regular schools. At PSDS, Mom will enjoy more track time than at any other school, and she is sure to leave with a smile cemented on her face, as well as real-world performance driving skills.


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May 04, 2015

May is for Moms Extravaganza Tip #1


Exotic Car Driving Experience

Here's a chance to put your special lady behind the wheel of her dream car on a real race track where she can push the car to its limits -- and there are plenty of opportunities for the racer Mom! If your Mom is anything like those of us at AskPatty, we know she yearns to get out of her practical family car and get behind the wheel of an exotic supercar and drive it like the pros do in the movies.

Start her off with a day of hotlaps at Exotics Racing Ultimate Driving Experience in either sunny Southern California or super sunny Las Vegas. High-horsepower cars in their stables may include Audi R8 V-10, Nissan GTR, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari F430 F1, Lamborghini Superleggera, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche Cayman S, Porsche 997 Turbo S, Lamborghini Aventador, and even a McLaren MP4-12C!


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April 28, 2015

Looking for something fun on TV? Try "Just Shut up and Drive"

Rhys_Millen-Justin_Bell-Shut_up_and_drive-Lexus_RCFWant to take an adventurous trip with a road buddy? Then you'll want to tune in as performance driving legend Rhys Millen joins former Le Mans racer Justin Bell  to go head-to-head in a high-performance Lexus RC F through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in season three of "Shut Up And Drive."

Fans of the show, living vicariously through these two drivers, voted online for Rhys and Justin to test their speed and skills on this remote, yet stunning, road. Flanked by picturesque canyons for at least 15 miles, Highway 141 hugs the Dolores River and is tantamount to driving at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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April 23, 2015

Yokohama Joins Ka-BOOM! to Build Playgrounds for Earth Day, and Beyond!

Yokohama_playground_build_earthday-Lily_on_tireswingYokohama Tire Corporation (YTC), KaBOOM! and other local community groups helped build a new playground for kids in San Juan Capistrano, California, in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2015.

The festive one-day build on Earth Day was done to ensure area children can get the balanced and active play they need, and to make it even better, all the new playground equipment installed is environmentally safe.

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April 21, 2015

AskPatty Joins Industry Execs at Marketing to Women Panel (#M2W)

M2W logoAt the upcoming 11th annual M2W® – The Marketing to Women Conference, Fred Koplin, Yokohama Tire Corporation’s (YTC) senior director, marketing, will be part of a panel of marketing executives focusing on how to gain more business and brand awareness among women in the automotive marketplace.

Women hold 50.4% of driver’s licenses and 39% of car registrations. They influence or make 85% of all auto purchases which equates to $80 billion spent annually. Add in the post-purchase services and repairs, and women’s value to the auto industry rises to $300 billion a year, according to CEO Jody DeVere, who will moderate the April 21 panel in Chicago.

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