- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 10, 2004

Custom Cruisers plan Father’s Day show

Custom Cruisers of Northern Virginia is preparing for its 18th annual car show on Father’s Day.

The theme for the 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m. event on June 20 is “Take Dad to the Show.”

It will feature classics, antiques, street rods, muscle cars, customs and street machines from 1973 or earlier.

The proceeds from registration ($12 at the gate) will benefit local charities, according to the sponsors.

Spectators will be charged $5, with seniors paying $4 and children under 12 admitted at no charge.

For more information, call Allen Miller at 703/327-4359, lockhaven6@AOL.com, or Ray Bell at 540/349-7288, Bellx2@erols.com.

Show and swap meet planned June 26-27

The 17th annual “Mid-Atlantic Chevelle Show & Swap Meet” is scheduled June 26-27 at North East Community Park in North East, Md.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, is open to Chevelles, El Caminos and related vehicles from 1964 through 1987.

In addition to presentations, there will be games for children and other activities.

For more information, call Donnie at 301/464-7618 or Rick at 410/879-7893 or visit www.chevelles.net/mcc/mcc.htm on the Web.

Vehicle show planned for Prince William

The sixth annual “Prince William Cruisers Show & Shine” will be held tomorrow in Woodbridge, Va.

Registration, which begins at 2 p.m., is $15 for the event.

It will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. rain or shine at BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse, 14123 Noblewood Plaza off the Prince William County Parkway.

All vehicles are welcome.

Fifty awards will be presented — plus ones for best engine, best paint, best graphics, best late-model, BJ’s choice, club participation and PWC best of show.

British cars displayed June 27 in Maryland

“The Original British Car Day” will be held at Lilypons Water Gardens in Buckeystown, Md., on June 27.

Spectators are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, but food and beverages will be on sale. There is a $5 fee per vehicle for the all-day event.

Pets are welcome for the family-style day.

The event is being sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the New England MG “T” Register.

For more information and directions, visit www.lilypons.com on the Web or call the chairman, John M. Tokar, at 301/831-5300.

His e-mail address is: tokarj@erols.com.

BMW to replace Mini with profitable one

German carmaker BMW has decided to replace its latest Mini, after only three years, with a model cheaper to build, United Press International reports.

BMW found that the high cost of parts and the car’s relatively low price, between $18,400 and $25,700, were cutting into profits.

The new line, to be built in Oxford, England, will include a five-door estate model.

“We are some years away from production,” a BMW spokesman said.

The original Mini was in production for 40 years.

PT Cruiser show hosted in Delaware

An all-PT Cruiser car show will be held tomorrow in Wilmington, Del., at the Kahunaville Island Restaurant and Party Bar.

All PT Cruisers, “from stock to extreme,” are welcome to compete for 30 trophies and a best-of-show award.

The event will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $10.

The day will offer oldies music, a games arcade, door prizes, 50/50 raffles, 20 percent off restaurant food, and aftermarket parts for sale.

For more information and directions in Delaware, go to http:/ www.captainjava.com/PT/carshow2004/ on the Internet or e-mail may be sent to cappy@captainjava.com.

Singapore drivers pay for watching TV

TV is becoming very popular in Singapore motor vehicles, and drivers are getting pulled over for it.

Sales of car entertainment systems rose 30 percent in the past two years, Channel News Asia reported Monday, and violations of the law against watching TV while driving rose as well.

So some entertainment systems now have automatic shutoffs when a car is moving.

TV-watching drivers can be fined as much as $1,000 or jailed for up to three months, according to Channel News Asia.

Sully show slated in Fairfax County

The 31st annual “Sully Antique Car Show” is scheduled for June 20 at the historic home in Chantilly.

In addition to Father’s Day activities, the event offers crafts and an antiques flea market. It is being sponsored by the George Washington Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America.

Registration, from 8 to 11 a.m., is $15 at the gate ($10 until June 15) and the show will be held rain or shine.

No model later than 1972 will be admitted for competition.

Trophies will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. to the top three selections in 34 classes including motorcycles and scooters through 1972.

There is an admission fee of $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 per child to the Sully estate.

The historic house can be toured at no additional charge.

For more information, contact Bill Benedict at 703/430-2441 or visit www.GWCModelA.com on the Web.

All-Pontiac event set for Greenbelt

The Royal GTOs will host a car show Sunday in Greenbelt at Capitol Pontiac-GMC.

This third annual show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will award trophies in 14 classes as well as for best of show and dealer’s choice, which carries a $500 cash prize.

There also will be a competition class for the 2004 GTO.

Registration is $15 the day of the show. Spectators will be admitted free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation, according to the sponsors of this all-Pontiac event.For more information, contact Timothy Sickle at 301/249-3830 or visit www.royalgtos.com on the Internet.

Thieves like Saturn best of all

The 1995 Saturn SL was the nation’s most-stolen vehicle last year, according to a new report.

The finding is based on checking thefts compared with the number of models registered. The report also said that Asian-manufactured cars and big sport utility vehicles are gaining popularity with thieves.

But Saturn holds the top spot. One of every 200 registered 1995 Saturn SLs was stolen in 2003, putting the model ahead of the 1998 Acura Integra and the 1994 Saturn SL among the top three stolen, according to Chicago-based CCC Information Services Inc.

16th Times show set for Sept. 5 this year

The 16th annual “Out of the Past Review,” hosted by The Washington Times, will be held this year on Sept. 5 at the Spring Hill Recreation Center in McLean.

The annual show is open only to vehicles that have appeared in Vern Parker’s “Out of the Past” column in the AutoWeekend section.

Spectators are admitted free of charge.

The show begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with winners chosen by popular vote of those attending.

Fax or mail items of interest to Bill O’Brien, Auto Notes, The Washington Times, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Use fax 202/832-2167.

The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication of AutoWeekend each Friday.

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