Automotive Journalist, Toronto, ON. Born: Chateauguay, QC.
Kay Layne is an automotive journalist, whose work has been translated into different languages and can be found in various newspapers, magazines and websites globally. She has been called upon to be an automotive expert for various television shows and news agencies. As one of the very few ethnic women working in this field, she hopes this will soon change.
Growing up, Kay credits her parents and uncles for helping her to foster her love for cars. At no time was she told that it was not a “girlie” thing to do. Her uncles allowed her to follow them around the garage, showing her the inner workings of a vehicle. When she turned 16, her mother whetted her taste for testing by accompanying her to different automotive dealerships to try out cars. That support paid off; she is now accredited by various automotive manufacturers to test drive their numerous vehicles.
Before entering the automotive world, Kay worked in radio as a reporter for 680 News. In television, she donned several hats from host/reporter to producer for such organizations as CTV, Business News Network and Rogers Television.
Education: Kay initially attended Concordia University for Political Science before relocating to Toronto, where she studied Radio and Television Broadcast Journalism at Seneca College.
Favourite books? A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglass; The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma.
Favourite quotes? 1) “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.” – Unknown 2) “Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.” – Josh Billings 3) “Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.” – Unknown
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Drive a Bugatti Veyron around the Volkswagen Test Track in Germany, revamp the education system and own a Koenigsegg (any model will do).
Why do you do what you do? I do it because it is so darn fun.