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September 24, 2013

Car Games: Volkswagen replaces Punch Buggy with SmileDrive

Volkswagen-smiledrive-app-smilescoreIf you would prefer NOT to be punched in the arm by passengers in the car whenever they spy a Beetle on the road, then you might prefer the modern, high-tech version of the game -- called SmileDrive -- playable on your smart phone. (Sorry Apple fans, the game is not yet available for iPhone users.)

Whether you call it “Slug Bug,” “Punch Buggy,” or “Slug Dub,” the free app from Volkswagen and powered by Google has re-imagined the classic car game, automatically allowing people to collect “punches” each time they encounter another Volkswagen also using the app. But the app also does much more than that!

Aside from preventing bruises, SmileDrive is designed to maximize fun on every trip, by connecting to a user’s car—any kind of car—through Bluetooth® wireless technology, to run in the background and track data for both everyday commutes and road trips. (Drivers cannot interact with the app, nor receive any notifications, while the car is in motion.) Then, after a drive is complete, the app uses factors like location, distance, time, and weather to deliver users their Smile Score and awards them with virtual bumper “stickers” for unique accomplishments earned while out and about.  (I wish I had installed the app for my 3400-mile summertime roadtrip across the southwest United States!)

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September 04, 2013

Top Tips for Tailgating

Thinkstock-tailgating-200361156-00sLabor Day has passed, summer vacations are over, and the kids are back in school; while it might seem that all the fun is behind us, football fans welcome a new season of their favorite sport, celebrating many weekend games in the parking lot of their team’s arena.

Whether you're a superfan or just love one, the start of the season means it's time for tailgating. And for those who love to entertain, tailgating is almost as much a sport as the game itself. 

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January 11, 2012

Chaotic Connections a Crazy Christmas Road Trip Fun Board Game

CC-New-Box-Top-for-Slide-Show-on-Home-PageI had loads of family fun over the holiday's playing a new road trip game with my family. This new game would be tons of entertainment for game nights with friends. Easy to learn for kids, Chaotic Connections is highly addictive, we played non-stop all day on Christmas! If you love games with a revenge twist, you will LOVE this game.

Chaotic Connections is a board game, sent to me by the creator to test, that is packed with strategy, chance and competition. The object of the game is to be the first player to connect his or her 4 cities that were randomly dealt at the beginning of the game. By building roads from one city to the next, game players will battle wits to try and win the game.

CCboardHowever, there are Curve Cards, Detours, and those sneaky little players that like to give you an additional city (or two!) to connect. You must also remember that all players building a road can use your road while attempting to connect their watch out! This may cause them to win the game! To boot...the opponent can break down your road and take all of your hard work away...and then throw in a Road Block for kicks.

Visit the website at to learn more. Retails for $29.99.

Jody DeVere


October 18, 2011

Summer of Pride: The Final Word

SummerofPrideLogoIt's finally time to put a big bow on the Turtle Wax Summer of Pride Game, which ran from July - September here in the Ask Patty Nation.  It took a little time, but our September winner is finally ready to be announced - and along with him, we're going to celebrate all three of our winners from the summer.

The Summer of Pride Game was a Flickr contest that ran all summer - you can still peruse all the entries in the group pool here.

Picture 8September's Winner:  Jacob Humiston
Jacob takes pride in many things - his ride among them - but more importantly, WE take pride in HIM, in recognition of his service to the country.  Thanks for your service, and for participating in our game, Jacob!

August_WinnerAugust's Winner:  Tim Osborne
Tim's Flickr moniker of "MustangMan2011" isn't accidental.  Over the summer he sent us photos of several of his precious Ford Mustangs, and this series with the bright yellow new-style 'stang took the cake in August.

July_WinnerJuly's Winner:  Mike Brewer
Mike wowed us right away with some classic cars early on in the summer - and this beautiful red Impala was crowned our first winner of the year.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and of course to our good friends at Turtle Wax for helping us bring this contest to you.  The Summer of Pride may be over, but remember Turtle Wax and Do Yourself Proud all year long (follow them on Twitter and Facebook too for cool updates) - another summer's coming just around the corner, and until then, the Ask Patty Nation will be rockin' all year long. 

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September 30, 2011

This is it! The sun sets on the Summer of Pride today...

SummerofPrideLogo It's been a great summer in the Ask Patty Nation, thanks in no small part to the good folks at Turtle Wax.  The Summer of Pride contest is coming to a close today, but that doesn't mean it's too late for you to win!  Head to the Summer of Pride Flickr group before midnight tonight and submit your photos and our last winner of the year could be you!  Let's take a moment to look back on the summer thus far:

In July, we shared tips for the perfect Turtle Wax car wash.  It's a great way to spend an afternoon, and will keep your ride sparkling for many summers to come. 

5985261431_122b6f8643_b On the contest front, Mike Brewer wowed us in July with his beautiful red 1960 Impala.

In August, our tips and tricks turned to a place you may not think to use Turtle Wax products:  the home.  Kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and more - all can benefit from the protection and shine that Turtle Wax provides.

6070472501_13324ab4b8_z Also in August, Tim Osborne showed us just how he earned his Flickr nickname:  Mustang Man2011, and became our second, and penultimate, winner.

In September, we talked about preparing your car for the inevitable cooler temperatures of fall and winter, and the many Turtle Wax products that can help you keep rolling as the days grow shorter.  

SummerofPrideBanner As for September's contest winner?  It could be you!  Head to the Summer of Pride Flickr group and submit your photos before midnight tonight and celebrate summer one last time before the summer sun sets on the Ask Patty nation!  Already entered?  Tweet it up with hashtag: #twpridegame and help us go out with a bang!

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated in this contest and made the Summer of Pride one for the history books.  Have a great weekend, Ask Patty Nation - we'll see you in the fall!


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September 23, 2011

It's Not Quite Sunset for the Summer of Pride

SummerofPrideLogo All summer long we've been bringing you great article content from Turtle Wax, as well as running the Summer of Pride contest on Flickr where you can share a photo of yourself with the ride you take pride in and win a gift basket of Turtle Wax goodies.  

Mike Brewer and Tim Osborne were July and August's winners, respectively, and deservedly so - will you be our final winner for September?  There is still one week left to enter and win, so get those photos uploaded and share your pride today.  

Let's bring the Summer of Pride to close with a bang!  Upload those photos, and tweet it up with hashtag #twpridegame.  In the Ask Patty Nation, it's summer for one more week!  

Head past the jump for details.

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September 09, 2011

The Turtle Wax Summer of Pride Game: To September, and beyond!

SummerofPrideLogo Big thanks to everybody who participated in the Summer of Pride Game so far this summer - now September is here and we're on to our final phase!  First of all, we'd like to congratulate August's Winner: Tim Osborne of Fort Loramie,Ohio!  When we tell you his Flickr name is Mustang Man2011, it should come as no surprise that he's pictured with his pride and joy: a vibrant summer-yellow Ford Mustang.

Check out his photos and the other entries at - and while you're there, why not share a few photos of you with your own pride and joy and get in on the game for the final month? Share your pride, tweet it up with hashtag #twpridegame, and you could be this month's big winner!  Head past the jump for details.  GAME ON!

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August 29, 2011

Just a Few Days Left for the August Pride Game with TWX

SummerofPrideLogo Happy Monday, Ask Patty Nation!  If you were wondering what you were going to do this week for a little bit of fun that involved you, your car, some other folks with great cars, and the chance to take home a prize package from Turtle Wax, then look no further.  The August Summer of Pride game is on, and there are still a few days left to join the Flickr group and share your pride with the world! 

It couldn't be simpler:  Take some photos of you with your ride, join the Flickr Group at, and upload those photos!  Tell us in the comments why your ride is so special to you.  The winner takes home a Turtle Wax car wash bucket stuffed with fun swag including a tee shirt, hat, and more.

What are you waiting for?  Head over to and Share Your Pride!

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August 22, 2011

Tweet It Up with VCA Animal Hospitals Tomorrow!

Animals We told you about the upcoming VCA Twitter Party a couple of weeks back, and now that time is drawing near!  5pm Pacific (8pm Eastern) tomorrow is party time!  It's called Tails, Paws, and Tweets and it's going to be one heck of a PAWty (with apologies for the pun).  For those of you who have been a part of a Twitter party before, you know what to expect - and for those of you who haven't, they're a crazy good time, and you can win some fantastic prizes.  Head past the jump for the details, or you can go straight to to pre-register.

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August 16, 2011

NASCAR Launches National Car Care Awareness Campaign, Sweepstakes

Extreme_Measures_Logo_4c jpeg Automotive maintenance tips from NASCAR stars. A once-in-a-lifetime trip to Vegas up for grabs. NASCAR Performance has launched the 2011 “Extreme Measures” public service announcement campaign and accompanying sweepstakes, which will provide one NASCAR fan with a VIP trip to this year’s NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas.

WATCH THE VIDEO of Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, James Buescher, Ricky Stenhouse and Trevor Bayne as they go to any length to improve car performance and enter the Extreme Measures Sweepstakes today! » CLICK HERE

Brought to you by NASCAR Performance

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