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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Auto World: February 13th

Published Feb 14th 2007, 2:30am by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Ask Patty is back for another round! We have posts from our dear old blogger MadKane and her humor blog as well as appearances from and TheCarBlog. Check out our helpful tips and news stories from around the auto world! Thank you to all of our submitters this week as always! Buckle up kiddies!

Drivers_edNow, for some automotive poetry, courtesy of MadKane and her Car Humor blog:
The teacher called out from his car:
“Ma’am, your daughter’s a driver’s ed star.
Her steering’s quite deft,
She knows right turns from left,
And, with practice, she’s bound to go far.”

Carmaintenancefor_prettyhands Racerchicks is featuring a DVD video that promises to teach you to work on your own vehicle.  Jewels and Torrie take you through a great discover of how YOU can perform some of the necessary tasks that will help you keep your vehicle running well. Simple and informative. Clear and precise.  Jewels and Torrie in a personable manner give great advice and tips.  While it can be a bit basic for a racerchick - it stills reminds us the right way to do things. 

Jacquelinemitchell Before attending the General Motors Diversity Design panel discussion in January during the North American International Auto Show, Jacqueline Mitchell viewed vehicles as private, self-transporting machines that need gasoline and oil to go. She sometimes judged vehicles by the amount of bells and whistles or technology they boasted. But after listening to GM's panel of designers talk about the Chevrolet Volt, the automaker's environmentally friendly concept car, she began to wonder if most of us overlook the beauty and soul of a vehicle? What do you think?

Johnandashleyforce The last time John Force raced at Pomona, this past November, he won the event and clinched his unprecedented 14th NHRA POWERade Funny Car championship. When he returned this past weekend for the 2007 season opener, he added a fourth teammate to John Force Racing: his oldest daughter, Ashley, who will be making her Funny Car debut at Pomona. Check out her full interview on Backstretch Motorsports!

Ethanol Fourteen percent of women buy ethanol at the gas pump, a survey conducted by Meredith Corp. shows. The survey, released Tuesday at a biofuels forum sponsored by Meredith's Successful Farming magazine, shows that ethanol marketers must do more to educate women about ethanol's benefits, particularly its environmental impact. Women make more than 85 percent of the purchasing decisions for their families, she said, so increasing ethanol sales will depend on making the corn-based fuel more attractive to female consumers.

Insight See how a sports car nut turned to hybrids in 6 months flat! It wasn't that we needed the space to haul our son around, we had a Forester for that and it fit the bill perfectly. Nor was it money, the Eclipse was dirt cheap and my blood and sweat were free. No, it was that blasted conscious of mine popping up. You see somewhere along the way I had acquired a distinct love of nature. This love was fanned into full blown environmentalism during the courtship of my wife. See, power takes fuel, and the best catalytic converter in the world can't make a 400hp rally car Green.

Pink_racerNonsensical Ravings by Jodi blogged about her son’s Pinewood Derby recently. Her husband painted her son’s car to look just like Lightning McQueen and her entry? An adorable pink car with red hearts and cross bones! Check out her story on her blog and look at all the photos of these adorable cars. We hope you won Jodi!

Wisew_winner The women are winning again! Ford of Britain has awarded this year's WISE prize to 22-year-old mechanical engineering student Holly Castleton. Holly, who will graduate from the University of Sheffield in the summer, received her £750 prize at the Young Woman Engineer of the Year award ceremony. Ford and The WISE Campaign (Women Into Science and Engineering) make the annual award, which is backed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, to a carefully chosen female engineering student. Holly came first after a stringent selection process including interview by a panel of engineering professionals.

Gm_logo_2 As TheCarBlog reports, General Motors announced earlier this month that it will provide consumers with a fully transferable five-year/100,000-mile* powertrain limited warranty with no deductible, on all GM Certified Used Vehicles, the industry's top-selling manufacturer-certified used vehicle brand, effective from the vehicle's original in-service date. To drive even more consumers to its Certified Used Vehicles, GM is adding, one of the industry's leading automotive websites, to its online listings program.

Scion_1 There was an interesting line in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the 2007 Philadelphia Auto Show that may be seal the fate of the Detroit Three: Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. According to the article, Edmund Hessert, sales manager for Cherry Hill Toyota (an Ask Patty Female Friendly certified dealer!), states that man y buyers are trading in their domestic vehicles and looking at imports because that's what their children are either driving, suggesting to their parents, or both. But apparently it can go in reverse. No one was more surprised than Toyota when older Americans expressed interest with their retirement cash on its youthful Scion xB!

Carseat_3 According to, DaimlerChrysler’s SEATCHECK education initiative is proud to mark five years of assisting parents and caregivers in making sure their child is safe. Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one killer of kids with seven out of 10 kids in child safety seats not properly buckled in.  To help parents ensure their child is properly buckled in, SEATCHECK has provided easy access to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s child passenger safety seat technician locater database since 2002.

Marney Marney Rich Keenan’s new article about service woes, speaks right to us! She says, “I have this thing about auto mechanics. Most women do. It stems from a genetic predisposition to be suspect of anyone who charges for parts and service that read like a foreign language. I'm sure it's all part of a testosterone conspiracy: from the plastic shield on their computer keyboards, and their dark-colored, baggy jumpsuits, to the way they coyly say they'll phone later with an estimate. Yeah, right. An estimate of how much they can take me for.” Check out her article, Women And Car Mechanics Go Together Like Oil And Water.

That’s it for this week! Thank you for all of your submissions! Make sure to submit next week! Please remember to submit your article using the online form or by emailing Breanne at

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