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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Auto World: March 27

Published Mar 27th 2007, 8:09pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

It's the last blog of March, and we've got lots of good news about women, a bit of sad news about men, and plenty more great stuff about the cars we all love to drive.

Ap_women_car_buying Consumer Reports' Liza Barth shares the facts:  Women car buyers mean business. It's a woman's car-buying world out there. Women purchase more than 46 percent of all new vehicles and influence over 80 percent of all automotive sales, according to a recent study by CNW Marketing Research (CNW). That adds up to about $80 billion worth of business, according to a past female buyer study by Road & Travel. Car dealers, hear us roar.

There is nothing in a woman's purse worth dying for. This bit of common sense and many others were shared when Debra Perry, legal advocate for the South Suburban YWCA, hosted an audience-participation seminar on women's safety. Find out more at

Ap_ashley_force Ashley Force has been the most important victory in the record-setting NHRA drag-racing career of John Force, according to "I never tried to push any of the girls into racing," Force insists. "As they grew older and my team began enjoying more success, they began to see how exciting the sport was and that there were some real opportunities available to them.

Ap_allison_palmiero_brady She's been in the automobile business more than half her life, but Allison Palmiero-Brady still surprises some customers when they want to see the general manager at Palmiero Toyota Scion and she steps forward, The Meadville Tribune reports.  "It's more accepted now, (but) it is sometimes (a shock) if you're not what someone expects you to be," said Palmiero-Brady, 38, who has held the position for eight years at the Vernon Township business.

Ap_milka_danica_sarah Milka Duno prepares to get behind the wheel in Indy Racing League, and the Courier News reports that for the first time in history, a major motor sports series will have three female drivers when Duno (left) joins Danica Patrick (center) and Sarah Fisher (right) in the Indy Racing League. Milka Duno will drive in 10 IRL races; Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher are set to compete throughout the entire IRL season.

Ap_abrn_logo According to,  Akzo Nobel, the biggest paint company in the world, has agreed to be the sole Diamond Sponsor for the Women's Industry Network (WIN). The first association of its type for the collision industry, WIN champions causes geared toward mentoring and networking women, a largely untapped employment resource for the collision industry. As Diamond Sponsor, Akzo Nobel has committed to supporting the association the consultative, marketing/promotion, and financial areas.

Ap_eric_medlen Drag racer Eric Medlen succumbs to crash injuries, dies after weeklong fight, according to All Headline News Motor Sports. Despite numerous attempts to enhance his changes for surviving, NHRA drag racer Eric Medlen succumbed Friday to injuries sustained during a crash in testing last Monday during a test session at Gainesville Raceway. The 33-year old Funny Car driver never regained consciousness after his John Force Racing Funny Car crashed headlong into the right guard rail, one day after the conclusion of the Gatornationals. Medlen was Funny Car's top rookie in 2004. He won three races in 2005 and two in 2006 including the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Robert_e_petersen Motor Trend Executive Editor Matt Stone says goodbye to publishing icon Robert E. Petersen in his Maximum Strength car blog, saying "No single individual had more impact on automotive publishing than Robert E. "Pete" Petersen. Please consider this blog as my own personal goodbye to a man of amazing accomplishment.  Without him, the car business, and my life, would not be the same.  Thanks Mr. Petersen -- Pete - I'll miss you, sir.  And so will anyone else who's ever read a car magazine."

Six kids make their mom one promise. "Mom, one day, when we're rich, we'll buy you a Yellow Mercedes." Well, we're not rich (except in love), and it's not a Mercedes - but a car that looks just like her first car, and actually runs well is even better. Join in the fun as this blogger tells the
tale of the red MG convertible the family is restoring for their mom.  Mother's day is barely a month away...

Ap_melissa Blogger Melissa says she "is just a normal person trying to get by in my every day life." She's told several tales about her bad luck with her vehicles, but her recent blog on the excellent customer service provided by OnStar when she locked herself out her car made her a celebrity at the gmblogs.

Ap_mommys_new_van There's something to be said about the joy of bringing home a new car. This mother of four reports on her crazy life and their new car at

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

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