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December 13, 2013

AskPatty Takes a Look at “50 Shades of Gray” -- in Automotive Paint Shades!

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2014 Audi Allroad in Monsoon Gray

In the “Fifty Shades of Grey,” book trilogy written by E L James, the number fifty describes Christian Grey, a man of many moods, talents, personalities, and vehicles (including jets and yachts).

With all the buzz in the media about the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie adaptation, I thought it would be fun to list 25 shades of grays for 25 of my favorite cars. To be sure, most cars do look super sexy in certain shades of silver.

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December 03, 2013

Sleek Lotus Evoras Co-Star in “The Host”

Lotus_Evora-The-Host-2The movie adaptation of “The Host” written by Stephanie Meyer, author of "The Twilight Saga” was released to theatres in March 2013, and is on video now. I watched my fair share of movies on Netflix over Thanksgiving weekend, including this one.

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August 23, 2013

"Naked Paddock" Book Review: Drawing from life as a race car driver's wife

Naked-Paddock-Book-CoverArt 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.

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May 22, 2013

Blind Curves: a Woman's Journey from C-Suite to Bike Seat

Blind_curves-341x500Just in time for May Motorcycle Awareness month is a book that includes a Harley road trip about a baby boomer’s unusual journey to reinvent herself and answer, “What now?”

Beautiful, fit, happily married, and successful, former Citigroup executive and motivational speaker Linda Crill was – and saw herself – as the kind of woman who could make things happen. But after losing her husband at 57, the identity Crill held closely no longer seemed to fit. Like many of us, she found herself asking, “What now?"

Desperate for change – and in a fit of rebellion – Crill signed up for a 2,500-mile road trip down America’s Pacific Northwest coast with a group of experienced motorcycle riders. At the time, Crill had never ridden anything more powerful than a bike.

"When the unexpected occurs, the answers we are searching for are often found around 'blind curves'—the unknown,” Crill says. “This trip opened my eyes to a new way of being and became the catalyst for recreating my life.”

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March 25, 2013

Brandy Schaffels, formerly Senior Editor of TrueCar.com, Takes New Post as AskPatty Chief Editor

Brandy_Schaffels_AskPatty_Headshot-1AskPatty.com Inc., a website, blog, and online resource that serves as a safe haven for women to connect with Certified Female Friendly® automotive retailers, today announced that TrueCar.com's former Senior Editor, Brandy Schaffels, would be stepping into the role of Chief Editor for the AskPatty.com website and blog. A true car girl at heart, Brandy Schaffels has spent more than 25 years as a journalist supporting the automotive industry. 

In her new role as Chief Editor of the AskPatty.com Automotive Advice for Women website and blog, she will create a variety of informational woman-focused content on all subjects from car care and maintenance, to lifestyle-related features, vehicle reviews, and news.

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April 27, 2011

If You Ask Patty, She'd Suggest You Buy This Book!

Bookcover Good for you. Good for the Tire Industry.

If you have ever wondered about the difference between being the owner of a small business and being an entrepreneur, this book will make it very clear to you.It will also make it clear what to do to move from one position to the other – and the rewards in terms of profits and personal freedom – that adopting an entrepreneurial approach will afford you.

Jody DeVere (AskPatty) teamed up with Roger McManus to produce Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Tire Industry with contributions from some of the industry's brightest stars including Roy Littlefield, Executive VP of TIA, Pam Gatto, president of Gatto's Tire and Auto Service, Larry Morgan currently heading the Morgan Auto Group, Charlie Creighton of Colony Tire and Wayne Croswell president of WECnology and immediate past president of TIA.

100% of Jody's royalties will be donated to TIA as a contribution to the TIA Foundation through an Educational Fund established by the publisher, Ensanity Press, on behalf of TIA.

Order Today at thetirebusiness.biz/askpatty.htm


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March 14, 2011

A Magical Visit to Montana

Photo of curator Kevin-Kooistra-Manning Sometimes road trips are magical. While visiting Billings Montana last week to speak to a group of Tire Dealers I had a spare 2 hours and decided to venture out to visit the  Western Heritage Center two short blocks from my hotel. Sometimes fate and being unafraid to be adventuresome really pays off. I was the only "tourist" so the curator Kevin Kooistra-Manning, ( the only man I've ever met who's last name is his wife's maiden name he unashamedly admitted to me , "I did not know the rule on that when we got married" ), gave me a VIP tour. The only other folks at there were the local paper the Gazzette doing a photo shoot and interview with the two top artist of Montana, Clyde Aspevig & Ben Steele.

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February 15, 2011

Ask Patty? Ask Pam!

Publication Pam Oakes, owner of Pam’s Motor City Automotive, is pleased to announce the publication of her latest car care book, “Car Care for the Clueless (or How You Can Make Money While Maintaining Your Vehicle)”.  She's been an author writing for consumer car care since 1999, and she's also the proud owner of an AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly service center!

“This is not a “How to Fix It” manual, but a consumer car care awareness book. This easy to read, non-technical text helps the everyday consumer avoid the pitfalls of car care maintenance – and ‘make some money’ while maintaining their vehicle,” says author Pam Oakes. Pam is an ASE certified technician and owner of Pam’s Motor City Automotive since 1995.

Copies of “Car Care for the Clueless” are available for sale in at Pam's Motor City.  For more information, stop by or call Pam at 239-278-0086.  Congratulations, Pam!


Kaeli Gardner AskPatty.com, Inc.
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February 04, 2011

Throttle Gals - It's Not Another Men's Magazine

Throttlegals Move over, Hot Rod - Throttle Gals magazine is here to fill an all-important gap in the range of motor-centric periodicals:  this one's for the girls!  Throttle Gals magazine is all about women and the car that she races, drives, off-roads and works on - all the cars featured in the magazine are owned by passionate women drivers.

The featured vehicles range from traditional hot rods to choppers, Jeeps, trucks, race cars, dirt bikes, and on and on. It's a magazine by women motorists FOR women motorists, and Ask Patty approves!  It's a small publication, and I think it deserves the support of a readership as lovely as ours.  Occasionally, the magazine will also a female friendly male builder or shop, to give us as women a friendly place that we know we can go to.  I'm hoping that some of our AskPatty Certified Female Friendly retailers find their way into its pages. 

The magazine and other related swag are available on the Throttle Gals website, and they're also on Facebook.  Get out there and support this one, gang.  This one's for us!


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February 01, 2011

Ask Patty about Entrepreneurial Insanity

Ensanity AskPatty.com CEO Jody DeVere appears in a new book, along with several friends and partners in the industry.  It's called Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Tire Industry, and if you're in the tire industry that title may feel familiar to you.

The book asks tire businesses owners to look at whether they are behaving like a "small business" or an entrepreneur.  Author Roger McManus, with input from some significant players in the tire business, defines the question and lays out a road map of Entrepreneurial Insanity - a guidebook for the small business owner to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and truly shine. As you'd expect, this isn't a book about money - it's a book about attitude, and we're proud to be part of it.

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