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November 22, 2017

The Rebelle Rally is calling…make 2018 the year you #JoinTheRebelle

RebelleRally StartLineThe Rebelle Rally is calling…make 2018 the year you #JoinTheRebelle. Meet Charlene Bower of the Ladies Off-Road Network and one of the 2016 winners of the Rebele Rally on November 3oth during the LA Auto Show media days and Emily Miller, the Founder of the Rebelle Rally on December 1, 2017 during the #LAAUTOSHOW in the Girl's Pit Stop booth. The booth is located in "THE GARAGE" AFTERMARKET, Powered by Prestone. The Garage at the LA Auto Show is where car culture lives and the LA Auto Show is co-promoting our booth and the events taking place their as the place for women to visit during the show.

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The second annual Rebelle Rally 2017, took place October 12th - 21st, starting from near Squaw Valley CA to Glamis CA over 7 days. The Rebelle is headed up by Emily Miller, a seasoned off-road trainer, Baja 1000 and Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles podium winner mentored by off-road racing legend, Rod Hall

It is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States. Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests your skills over 7 days of competition. It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time, and distance using maps, compass, and road book.

Title Sponsor of the Rebelle Rally 2017: Hoehn Adventures - Through an evolving series of racing events across the world, we seek to inspire those who love the power of challenge and the joy of pushing the boundaries.

VEHICLE CLASSES - ( These are daily drivers with limited aftermarket upgrades)

» 4×4 – 4-wheel drive vehicles that have a two-speed transfer case (low range)
» Examples – Pickup trucks & SUVs with 4WD including Toyota Tacoma 4×4, Chevy Colorado, Land Rover / Range Rover, etc.
» Crossover – Unibody construction with all-wheel drive (no low range)
» Examples – Subaru Forrester/Outback, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4, etc.
Note: There is a "Bone Stock" clarification for vehicles with no aftermarket upgrades.

RebelleRallyGroup1Quotes from the 2017 Rebelle RallyCompetitors:

Thuy Davis and Tracey Ristow Team #156 - Team Dandelion Adventures

Thuy, "The Rebelle Rally is a journey that cannot be described with words, it can only be experienced. It will place a mirror in front of you and it's up to you to acknowledge it or avoid it."

Tracey, "The rally itself is the cherry on top, the real prize is meeting so many amazing women!"

Tiffany Lauer Walker Team #154 - Road Less Traveled

"A dream only imagined that became a reality!"

Meli Bell Team #204 - Team Hoehn Adventures, AKA “The Goldie Girls”

"When you complete the Rebelle, you understand it is about so much more than driving and navigating, the way that "To Break in A Glove" is not only about baseball!"

Andrea Shaffer Team #126 - Team Sugar High

"The rally is so much more than a competition, it becomes a family."

Marty Lawrence Team #206 Team BLTN

"Know your vehicle. Know your partner."

Limited registration to only 50 teams for 2018!  Our mission is to provide a world-class event and competition and only 50 coveted spots are up for grabs.  Once the spots are filled, we will close registration, even if it is prior to the September 10th, 2018 deadline.

Join the Rebelle - REGISTER ONLINE NOW - 
Early registration pricing, returning Rebelle pricing, and installments available.

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Photo by Paolo Baraldi Photographer.

November 12, 2017

Chevy Montage All-Female Build Unveiled During #SEMA2017

57-Truck-Render-FULL-JCHEVY MONTAGE KEY FIGURES

Car: 1957 Chevy Pickup Engine: BMW S62 V8
Build Time:1 0 months Build Location: “Bogi’s Garage” in Phoenix, Arizona
Number of Women involved: 90 women from 19 states

 Bogi Lateiner launched the Chevy Montage project with a mission to celebrate all the women working in various capacities in the automotive industry and to offer opportunities to the next generation. Paying tribute to those that helped paved the way while forging ahead while providing the chance for women who want to learn and explore the trade in a welcoming, supportive environment

Bogi_Group_Women-ChevyMontageWHY SO MANY WOMEN?

This project is about much more than just building an awesome car. The Chevy Montage project is all about women working together—to meet that end we’ve used frequent flyer miles, built sleeping quarters within the “Bogi’s Garage” building and raised funds through an Indiegogo campaign so that as many women as possible could gather in Phoenix to help with the build. For some, it was the first time they’d ever  worked in a garage. For many, as females make up less than 2% of our industry’s work force*, it was the first time they’d worked next to another woman in the shop. This truck truly is a montage, painting a picture of the opportunities that exist in the automotive industry for all types.

WHY A BMW ENGINE IN A CHEVY?

Just as montage refers to the variety of women who gathered to build the truck, it also signifies the mash-up of a vintage, domestic platform powered by a modern, European engine. Not only is the BMW S62 a performance-oriented power plant, but it’s one of the last engines you’d expect to see under the hood of a Chevy pickup. Plus, Bogi started out her career in the industry as an A.S.E. Certified Technician working at a BMW dealership.

BogiHeadshotABOUT BOGI

Bogi Lateiner has been a professional mechanic for 15 years, opening her own shop, 180 Automotive, 10 years ago. Her shop has always strived to hire female mechanics and educate consumers about their vehicles, including offering car care classes to women in the community. In keeping with her passion to educate and empower, Bogi also is co-host on Velocity’s All Girls Garage TV show, is a business consultant and instructor for WorldPac Training Institute and speaks at events to further share her passion and inspire.

 

#ChevyMontage
#SheisSema
#SBN
#SEMAShow
#SEMA2017

August 27, 2017

Tips to Help Get Your Car Ready to Go Back to School

The fall can be a very busy time for students and parents, with everyone rushing to get things done for the back to school season.  One item which can fall off the to-do list easily is vehicle maintenance.  Whether you're  parent of a student in high school or you're heading off to college yourself, there is no better time than the back to school season to to do a thorough maintenance review on your car, or your teen's car to make sure it's ready for a great school year, too.

Under the Hood

In order to avoid costly repairs or issues, go ahead and take a look under the hood of your vehicle and perform some basic checks:

  • Check your fluids.  Engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant are all easily checked.  Check your owner's manual if you're not sure where some of these are.
  • Are you leaking a fluid?  Brown or black fluid is usually oil.  Reddish fluid is either transmission or power steering fluid - power steering fluid will leak from near the front of the vehicle, transmission from the center.  A clear to brown, very slick fluid that isn't oil could be brake fluid.  Any other brightly colored fluid is almost certainly coolant.
  • If you're dripping something that looks like water, it probably is - condensation builds up on the AC compressor and drips off.  Totally harmless.
  • Check your battery.  Make sure the connections are cleaned and have it tested if you don't have a tester yourself.

Check the Tires

It's good to check your tire pressure once a month.  Use the pressures in your owner's manual or inside the driver's side door, not the ones on the tire's sidewall itself.  Also check for tread wear using the old tried-and-true penny method (if Abe Lincoln's head clears your tire, you don't have enough tread), and check for signs of uneven wear, caused by alignment issues or over- or under-inflation.  Check your spare while you're at it, and make sure it has plenty of air, and that you have a jack, a lug wrench, and booster cables on hand.

Hit the Lights

Finally, make sure to check your headlights (high and low beams), taillights, brake lights, and all turn signals.  If any of them are out, replace the bulbs.

July 18, 2017

Meet YouTube Personality Jessica Chou "Jessicann" AskPatty Car DIY Expert

ASK ME YOUR CAR MAINTENANCE QUESTIONS! I'm excited to announce that I'm partnering with AskPatty.com to answer all of your car maintenance questions! Head over to AskPatty.com, click 'ASK THE EXPERTS' and fire away with your questions! As you all know, I'm just starting out on my own car journey, so let's learn together! I'll try my best to research and answer your questions the best I can.

June 01, 2017

Summer Time Family Road Trip Prep

Road_trip-thinkstock-165126667-sSchool's out and summer is here. Are you planning a family road trip? I know at least two families who are planning extended road trips that will be taking them more than 1500 miles round trip in the next two weeks. That's a lot of time in the car!

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May 04, 2017

Verizon Smartphone Hum App Helps Distressed Drivers

Verizon_Smartphone_Hum_AppWhen her 87-year-old husband left home without his phone, Vjera Ricov became anxious. Victor Ricov, who suffers from dementia, drove from his Solon, Ohio, home to an outlet mall when he made a wrong turn.

Mrs. Ricov realized that she had recently installed a system from Verizon called "hum." Using the hum mobile app, she located her husband -- who was miles away -- and called the police for help.

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March 01, 2017

Gas Prices are Going Up - Here are Some Tips to Save Gas

Pumping_gasI don’t know about where you live, but gas prices are definitely going up where I live. My vehicle uses premium gas and right now it’s around 1.25/litre meaning close to $80.00 a fill up and the prices are supposed to keep going up! A few years ago I remember paying 1.50/lt and it’s supposed to go higher this time around. So here are some tips to saving gas while you drive:

  • Combine your trips - sounds so simple but if you live in town sometimes it’s easy to just run out and get things as you think of them. A warmed up engine is more fuel-efficient. When you first start your engine even if you live in a warm climate it is cold and it burns more gas.
  • Don’t waste gas by idling - how many times have you gone through the drive through lately or are waiting for someone. If you are going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds, shut your car off and restart it when it’s time to move.
  • Change your spark plugs - seems that nowadays spark plugs last forever, but a fouled spark plug can reduce your fuel efficiency by as much as 30%.
  • Drive with windows open if you are going less then 60km/hr. Obviously I wouldn’t suggest this in the winter but in the summer time for sure. If you are going over 60 km/hr. then close your windows, as your car will be more aerodynamically efficient.
  • Check your tire pressure - Most people have at least one under inflated tire on their vehicle. When your tires are low it creates a greater rolling resistance and the engine has to work harder to get through the air. Kind of like riding a bike with low air. You have to work a lot of harder to pedal the bike!
  • Don’t use cruise control in hilly areas - If you are using cruise control and going up and down hills what happens is the engine holds you back as you are going down the hill to try and maintain the speed you’ve set the cruise control at and as you go up the hill the transmission will have to downshift to give you the necessary power to get up the hill. Keep your momentum up as you go down the hill to help you get up the hill.
  • Get rid of the extra weight - are you driving around with your kids hockey equipment and your gym equipment and water softener salt in the back of your car? If so, you are going to burn more gas
  • Take off your roof rack - if you don’t use it, take it off.
  • Keep your car clean - believe it or not a clean car will glide through the air more efficiently than a really dirty one.

Kelly_Williams_with_tireRace car driver, educator, safety advocate, TV personality, Kelly Williams started racing cars at 17 years old and continued to race for 15 years. Now she works in the automotive industry, teaching women about taking care of their vehicles. She also teaches performance driver training with BMW as well as other manufacturers, keeps busy as a spokesperson for Be Car Care Aware, hosts ladies' Car Care clinics across Canada, and has recently launched a new consumer website www.KellysGarage.ca

#KellyWilliams #AskPatty #Canada

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February 01, 2017

How Often Do I Need to Change My Oil?

Woman_checking_oil-iStock_46051112-kasto80Most drivers have grown up with the traditionally advertised oil change recommendation of 3,000 miles, but if you've bought a new car within the last ten years that interval may no longer be necessary.

In fact, if you’re driving a car that’s less than five years old, you may only need to change your oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. Some models don't require an oil change more frequently than every 15,000 miles; synthetic oil can help your engine last longer, and may even allow car owners to go up to 20,000 miles between changes. If you're changing your oil too frequently you’re simply wasting money and oil.

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