PAPA revs up program agenda for Fall 2019

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Posted 24 Jul 2019 — by Cathy Luebke
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PAPA has couple programs in the works for this fall.
Details have been finalized for a Sept. 18 visit to Vantage Mobility International in South Phoenix. Vantage, known for its wheelchair van conversions, will provide lunch, a tour of its assembly line, access to executives  and test-drive opportunities.
The program will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5202 S. 28th Place, Phoenix. Please RSVP to Cathy Luebke, clariz@cox.net by Sept. 11.
Also mark your calendars for Nov. 7. Arizona will host members of the Ferrari Club of America from 39 states in what will be the club’s second-largest gathering. PAPA members are invited to the Ferrari Concours that Thursday at Scottsdale Sports Complex. Look for details closer to the event date.
In addition, the new owners of Bondurant High Performance Driving School have reached out to PAPA to create an exclusive event. This may include meeting the new executive team, exposure to the facility’s high-performance Dodge vehicles and getting behind the wheel for some track time.
Stay tuned, our organizing group is working on a few other ideas as well.
If you are not receiving our email notices or have other questions contact Cathy Luebke, clariz@cox.net.

(Photo by Estée Janssens)

How one member got started as a vehicle reviewer

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Posted 13 Jul 2019 — by Cathy Luebke
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I celebrated my 25th anniversary as an auto writer a couple years ago, but this column still seems relevant as I often get asked how I landed this prime gig.

How it started
Many people ask how the Phoenix Business Journal chose me for this plum assignment, a new car in the driveway every week.

My editor in 1992, car junkie Tom Jensen (now in charge of curatorial affairs for Nascar Hall of Fame), went on vacation and offered his Honda Prelude tester to me and another reporter. When he returned, Tom asked for feedback on the flashy red coupe so he could write the review. “No, I want to write it,” I said. “Great!” he said.

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Member Cathy Droz focuses on female buyers

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Posted 23 Jun 2019 — by Cathy Luebke
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PAPA Member since 2002 Cathy Droz addresses How car Dealerships can better serve their most influential consumers, women.
She has written a book, developed a sales training tool, speaks on behalf of the industry and continues to test drive cars for manufacturers.  She has co-founded an educational speaking series for auto dealers called smart women series USA . For more information go to www.hercertified.com.
See where she’s headed in the new Ram Laramie LongHorn pickup.