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February 27, 2008

Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: February 27, 2008

Welcome to the AskPatty Blog Carnival, where we provide a midweek fix of female friendly news and interesting automotive tidbits from around the blogosphere. Have you got something to share? Use the form at the end to send us your own blog bits to be included in next week's carnival!

Boydcoddingtondead World-renowned tuner and hot rod king Boyd Coddington passed away suddenly this week; and the cause of death has not yet been released. Coddington, founder of Boyds Wheels and designer of prize-winning custom cars, had recently been hospitalized twice for an undisclosed medical condition. Although he was though to be in recovery, a spokesperson for Boyd Coddington's corporation confirmed to Jalopnik that those rumors are true.

Money Free money! Every year, the Women's Board of the Car Care Council offers thousands of dollars to deserving girls and women for education in the automotive industry. Up to three $1000 scholarships are awarded to up to three female high school students who plan on pursuing a career in the automotive field after graduation by attending an ASE-certified, post-secondary automotive technology program. One $1500 and one $2500 technician scholarships will also be rewarded to women who have completed at least one year in an ASE-certified, post-secondary automobile technology program, and plan on entering the automotive field after graduating from the program. Click here to download an application. Specific requirements are listed on the application, and applications must be submitted by May 15, 2008. Winners will be notified in July 2008.

Test_drive When you're buying a new car, a test drive is an essential step in the process. But once you're behind the wheel, you only have a short time to make some very important decisions. What do you look for? staff writer Peter Valdes-Dapena shares tips on the right way to test drive a car, starting with "Don't rush it."

Sky_lounge_2 It is estimated that at least 40% to 50% of business travelers are females compared to 1% 30 years ago. SkyLounge,  a new business travel network, recognizes the majority of their online traffic is generated by women, and helps business travelers who want to network before, during, and after their trips by alerting members whenever a colleague or business contact is in the same city. Members can see where their contacts are at any time in the world and expand their business network at the click of a button.  "Women account for 30% of total membership but take credit for more than 55% of the traffic" said founder Marcel van Gemerden.

Cnnmoney_logo Acording to, Ford Motor Co. will be recalling more than 180,000 sport utility vehicles and vans  in two separate recalls to fix interior door handles and faulty fuel hoses. Also, General Motors will recall 181,516 Chevrolet HHR wagons after finding that some of the vehicles don't meet government standards for protecting occupants from head injury in a crash. More information on recalls can be found through The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 or

Mitsubishi_bloom_i This week's pink car is courtesy of Winding Road, which has a short article on Sakura (cherry blossom)-colored cars for Japanese women, saying, "With spring on its way, people all over Japan are preparing for the annual blooming of the sakura cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossom is as close to a Japanese national symbol as it gets."

And that's it for this week's AskPatty Cars Around the World Blog Carnival! Make sure to submit your article for next week's "Automotive Advice for Women Blog Carnival" using the online form  or by emailing Ask Patty at

Brandy_schaffels_s By Brandy Schaffels
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