Meet the inventor: 

ASE Master automotive professional Pam Oakes has been certified since 1995 and holds a degree in electronic engineering technology. Throughout her tenure, she has repaired tens of thousands of vehicles.

Pam was born in the automobile mecca of the world – Detroit, Michigan and spent her teen years on Florida’s southwest coast. Pam is a fourth generation automotive technician: Her great-grandfather Leonard Smith, grandfather, Ralph Smith and father Jerry Oakes were all automotive technicians. Pam’s dad has more than 45 years as a tech; worked with Pam from 1996 to 2004. This year, 2017, her family is celebrating its automotive centennial -- 100 years in the field of automotive repair.

One of Pam’s first automotive lessons was from her great-grandfather. He taught her how to set a choke on a 1969 Plymouth – the same car she takes to antique shows today. This car was featured in the intro of an auto reality show.

She started Pam’s Motor City Automotive ( in 1995 through 2015. (She sold the shop, January, 2015.)  Pam was the sole employee -- technician, service writer, bookkeeper and "bottle washer" when she opened the shop. She built the repair facility to a 12-bay shop with 10 employees. Even though she sold the shop after 20 years, she still turns wrenches just about every day at her latest venture "DIY: Motor City." This business supports those who want to work on their own vehicles, responsibly.

Pam and her shop had won numerous local, regional and national awards -- throughout the years – and are heavily involved in the community.

She continues on with her Car Care Advocate Daily Edition -- a 60-second, consumer-oriented segment -- heard daily on approximately 300 stations coast-to-coast.

Also, in "retirement," Pam keeps herself occupied as a contract automotive tech trainer for an international automotive company, is an expert witness and volunteers as an automotive trainer for Goodwill Industries of southwest Florida.