Car expert shares automotive passion
Wahiawa’s Bev Tate set for Advertiser column debut
By Stacy Yuen Hernandez (Custom Publishing Group)
She has the looks of a fashion model and the aura of a movie star. But don’t let that fool you. When it comes to cars, Bev Tate can teach the big boys a thing or two. The former Ford Motor Co. automotive engineer is gearing up for the debut of her weekly column, “The Auto Diva” set to run in The Advertiser every Friday, starting Nov.18. “I’II be waiting about the automotive phenomenon as it came to Hawaii,” explain Tate. “Topics such as racing at Hawaii Raceway Park, the advent of car clubs and high-tech stuff will be on the agenda.” At 5-foot-10, with long strawberry blonde hair and ocean-blue eyes, one would think she’s comfortable under the hood of a car-but it’s practically her second home. “I was born and raised in the Detroit suburb of Lavonia,” says Tate. “My father and brother were tool and die makers and I was hanging around the garage since I was one year old. As I got older, I’d help pull engines and do paint jobs.” At 14 years old, Tate entered her first car show with her 1966 Rambler at the Detroit Autorama. Knowing that cars were passion, she worked her way through college by automotive drafting and designing dies, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Michigan. Tate admits that being a woman in a male-oriented profession has been a tough road. “You have to prove yourself twice as much.” She says. “Men will question my knowledge, but once I get technical, they realize that I know what I’m talking about and it doesn’t matter that I’m a woman. Some might say the technical knowledge is one thing, but can she drive?. Next Page...