I discovered a messy puddle of oil under my car last week.
This is where I confess that -- even though I’ve spent nearly 30 years in the automotive industry -- I didn’t know what to do next.
It’s okay: You can laugh and point at the “car girl” who doesn’t know how to repair her own car. I know about these things in theory. I know how to check my oil level and tire pressure and could jump a battery or change a tire if I had to, but when it comes to real life, I rely on mechanics (and Auto Club) for the practical application of most of my car’s care.
So, when I saw the brown splashes beneath my beloved 2011 Ford Fiesta -- which has just passed its fourth birthday and has barely 45,000 miles on the odometer -- I kinda panicked. I’m a writer, not a mechanic, and I’m okay with that.
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There’s much to love about this adorable little car! Called the “Jolly,” and created in the late Fifties and early Sixties off the Fiat 500 and 600, this cute little convertible was originally modified by the Italian design house Ghia to be a luxury vehicle for wealthy Europeans and for export into the United States market.
It’s widely said that the Fiat 500 of 1957 was Italy’s answer to the Volkswagen Beetle. This modified little Fiat beach buggy may have been marketed worldwide as the Jolly, but it was best known in Europe as “La Spiaggina” -- a word loosely translated as something like "beach-ette." According to the MicroCarMuseum, the name “Jolly” also means "joker" in Italian, but also transates to something light, fun, funny and pretty in other languages.
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For the seventh year in a row, AllThingsJeep.com is encouraging Jeep owners worldwide to drop their top for the 7th Annual Worldwide Jeep Go Topless Day. The big day is Saturday May 17th, 2014, and everybody is invited to celebrate their Jeep love, Jeep spirit, and the sense of fun and adventure that comes with owning a Jeep by going topless for the day.
Jeep Lovers, Go Topless!
You can go shirtless if you want, but the true intention is to take the top off your Jeep vehicle and join in on local festivities such as picnics, trail runs, trail clean-ups, and social events being held around the world by Jeep clubs and groups. Own a Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Comanche, Commander, Compass, Liberty, Patriot, Wagoneer, or other hard-top Jeep? The fun folks at AllThingsJeep.com know you’re topless in spirit so feel free to join in the fun.
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By Sherice Mann, AskPatty Client Marketing Manager
When my mom and I first arrived at the Exotics Racing Ultimate Driving Experience at Auto Club Speedway in sunny Southern California, we were immediately in view of the exotic supercars. We both instantly started smiling. The thought of being able to drive one of these around the track was so exciting! We parked and rushed over to the entrance, where we were greeted, checked off the list, given wristbands, and told to have fun sitting in and taking pictures with the supercars.
At the track, they had eight cars available to drive: Audi R8 V-10, Nissan GTR, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari F430 F1, Lamborghini Superleggera, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche Cayman S, and the Porsche 997 Turbo S. I was told that at their Las Vegas location, they have even more cars to choose from, including a Lamboughini Aventador and a McLaren MP4-12C.
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Celebrities stopped by the McDonald’s and Corvette Stingray Desert Pool Party at the Bootsy Bellows Estate on April 12, 2014 to celebrate the launch of McDonald’s Bacon Clubhouse Burger and the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Celebrities sampled the new Bacon Clubhouse Burger, rode shotgun for the Stingray Experience, and beat the heat pool-side in VIP cabanas.
Many famous faces who attended the party included one of my favorite Glee stars Dianna Agron who was spotted out with her new man Thomas Cocquere and Leonardo DiCaprio who smoked electronic cigarettes and chowed down on a Bacon Clubhouse Burger and fries in his private cabana.
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The all-new Cadillac ELR electric luxury coupe shared the “Green” carpet with dozens of eco-aware celebrities who attended the annual Global Green USA Pre Oscar® Party this week, and we’ve got a slideshow of dozens of those celebrities posing with Cadillac’s luxurious -- and eco-friendly -- sport coupe.
Global Green USA is an organization dedicated to fighting climate change, and each year their event is considered to be THE green event of Oscar Week! This year, General Motors continued its “Green Carpet” tradition by showcasing the Cadillac ELR at this high-profile event which brings together a wide array of eco-celebrities (many of whom drive electric and hybrid vehicles) to raise funds and awareness for environmental issues and to inspire their fans to drive electric cars.
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My 87-year-old Mom has owned her 1982 280ZX Datsun 2+2 hatchback for 31 years with only 105,000 original miles and kept it in almost perfect condition. When she decided to sell it recently, she was hardly driving it anymore because my parents mostly drive a Toyota Avalon. Parting with the one and only car she bought on her own that symbolized her independence was a tough decision! She said it was like parting with an old friend.
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By Erin Evernham
The slogan on my souvenir shirt reads, “To some it’s a
driveway, to others it’s a race course, but to Rod Millen, it is a dream.” Rod
Millen is one of the most accomplished hill climb and rally racers ever. After
Rod and his wife Shelly attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England a
few years back, they decided to create their own version of the event in Rod’s
home country of New Zealand. And they have done just that with the Leadfoot
Festival (as they named it): they have built from scratch a first-class event that
brings together classic cars, vintage motorcycles, old race cars, and
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By Sue Mead
Knibbe Ranch, Spring
Branch, Texas: This celebrated cattle ranch in the Hill Country of Texas was
the perfect place for ‘The General’ to get back in the saddle! Now launching
its next-generation pickup trucks, General Motors is truly back in the truck wars and hosted the
first drive of its all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado at this working ranch that has been used for a
handful of years as the proving grounds to evaluate the country’s top trucks
each fall, in an annual shoot-out sponsored by the Texas Auto Writers
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The 6th Annual Worldwide Go
Topless Day for Jeep Owners is this weekend, on Saturday May
18th, 2013, and everybody is invited! No, ladies, we’re not suggesting you
drive without a shirt! Jeep Go Topless Day is the day Jeep owners take the top
off their Jeeps to show the world their love for their Jeep, their Jeep spirit,
and the sense of fun and adventure that comes with owning a Jeep.
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