Hands-on in the Garage: Ladies car care clinics

Photo: Dana Young

Thursday, June 16 marked the second SGR car care clinic at AutoNiche in Markham. Twelve ladies gathered to enjoy the snacks and refreshments before heading into the shop, where we knew we were going to get dirty.

Dressed in long-sleeved shirts, pants and comfortable shoes, we were divided into two groups and gathered around two hoists and two vehicles: a 1994 Honda Civic and 2004 Acura EL. We proceeded through a 40-point inspection together, following the same set of guidelines used by AutoNiche with their customers.

From checking fluids to inspecting tires and using power tools, we spent the next few hours learning the ins and outs of each vehicle. A complimentary (much needed) oil change was performed on the vehicles, courtesy of Castrol. As a bonus, we got to see first-hand the dramatic colour difference in the fluid before and after the oil change.

The night ended with door prizes, goodie bags and smiles all around. Our next clinic – set for Tuesday, July 26 – promises to be just as fun and interactive, with participants learning how to boost their batteries, change wiper blades and change the spare tires on their own vehicles – using the safety jack!

Lynda Sydney from Carchick.ca writes:

I think every women who owns a car needs to attend Girls Night at the Garage or another car care clinic. A little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your car. By understanding the purpose of and steps involved in different maintenance procedures, how various parts of your car work, plus the potential problems and how to identify them, you can be more confident when you take your car in for servicing — and avoid being taken for a ride. By investing just a couple of hours of your time, you could save a bundle of cash in unnecessary maintenance and repairs. And, it’s just a lot of fun! More >>

We’d like to thank everyone for their participation  – a portion of the proceeds will support Plan Canada’s Because I Am a Girl campaign to claim a brighter, safer future for girls.

For more information on the next clinic and how to register, check out our event posted on Facebook and connect with us!

Girls’ Night at the Garage


In celebration of car care month, SGR teamed up with Emily Chung at AutoNiche, a family-friendly auto repair shop located in Markham to conduct the first of many SGR car care clinics on May 29, 2011. We were excited to bring together a group of women from all over the Greater Toronto Area, armed with notebooks and many questions in hand for an evening of car care empowerment!

In true SGR fashion, we kicked off the night with a spread of delicious snacks and goodies including fresh fruits, delicious cupcakes, and race car-shaped chocolates courtesy of Sonia’s Buttercream Dream – a friend of Dana’s. We’d also love to go into detail on some wonderful wrench-shaped sugar cookies that, however, turned out to be rather inappropriately shaped for the occasion. What it lacked in execution, more than made up for in blushes and laughter for the rest of the evening!

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Testimonial: first time at the track!

Photo: Dana Young

My dad is the driving columnist for the Globe and Mail – when he told me I should go out to the racetrack to take advanced driver training with Team SGR I thought he was crazy.

At 25, I hold a G1 license. Living downtown my whole life I never really needed a car: everything was central to me and I biked and walked everywhere. While this was great for my health and for the environment, I realized I needed to be able to drive.

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SGR announces 2011 partnership with Sailun Tires

Two organizations reach out to grassroots community via events, driving schools and giveaways

To continue increasing awareness of driver education, particularly amongst women, Team SGR today announced a partnership with Sailun Tires.

“We’re very happy to be partnering with Team SGR, and helping to promote their unique position in the racing community,” said Humphrey Ho, Senior Director of Marketing at Sailun Tires. “We believe Team SGR is the perfect partner allowing Sailun Tires to reach men and women of all ages with an interest in advanced driving and in grassroots motorsports. Indeed, that is the market that SGR has served since 1999.”

Through Sailun’s partnership with Team SGR, together we begin building motorsports history in Canada – reaching out to automotive enthusiasts on all levels, particularly those looking to get into the sport at a grassroots level.

“Culturally, the automobile sector is male-dominated and girls are groomed to be in the passenger seat or on the hood at a young age,” said Anna He, President and co-founder of Team SGR. “and we’re going to change that. Our approach to advanced driver education is to provide friendly and fun experiences at an affordable price. In that way, we are much like Sailun, a company looking to expand the reach of its high-quality, affordable product lineup in Canada. By appealing to women, we are, ultimately appealing to everyone.” [Read more…]