Corvette museum educating women about cars

Sidney Blanford

Don’t let your car get the best of you.

Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the National Corvette Museum will host Powder Puff Mechanics, an afternoon of workshops intended to help women become more car savvy.

Katie Frassinelli has worked to put on this event and will be in charge of registration on Feb. 11.

“We just hope to create more educated consumers of car services and parts,” said Frassinelli, marketing manager of the National Corvette Museum. “We want the attendees to walk away feeling

empowered, like they know what they are buying and getting.” 

The seminars will cover a variety of topics from purchasing and changing tires to basic drivers’ education simulators, according to 

Bob Bubnis, the National Corvette Museum’s Marketing Assistant and Editor of America’s Sports Car Magazine, will be heading one of the sessions presented tomorrow. The course will focus on listening to your car and what to pay attention to when the check engine light comes on.

“This workshop is to help get young people equipped and make the most of their cars,” Bubnis said.

After hearing about the program on the radio, Kit Tolbert said she decided to register herself and her daughter for Powder Puff Mechanics. 

“My dad took me to a series of automotive classes where I learned about my car and felt more comfortable,” said Tolbert, director of housing operations at WKU. “I thought this could help (my daughter) too.”

Although this program was initially started to help local Girl Scouts receive their “fun patch,” Frassinelli said all ages and genders are welcomed. 

“When you don’t know, you can’t prepare,” Tolbert said of car emergencies.

The National Corvette Museum does ask people to bring their car’s owner manual with them to ensure they get the most out of this experience. 

The team has been working to narrow down the list of topics to those, which they find to be the most common and most useful.

“Any time people are educated and they go into a situation with knowledge, they will be better prepared to deal with any circumstance,” Bubnis said.

The event will cost $10 for students and $12 for adults. 

Pre-registration is required for this event and a valid email address must be included. That can be done at 

For further information, call 270-467-8852.