- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 17, 2004

Sully show slated in Fairfax County

The 31st annual “Sully Antique Car Show” is scheduled for Sunday 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 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.

Custom Cruisers host 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 Sunday 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.

Postal service to test fuel-cell vehicles

The U.S. Postal Service has decided to test a fuel-cell-powered vehicle in the D.C. area.

The agency is leasing a General Motors minivan powered by a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen as a delivery vehicle. The only byproduct of the fuel is water.

The test will begin in September. Shell Hydrogen is providing fuel for the vehicle.

The Postal Service already uses 33,973 alternative-fuel vehicles. They include 6,439 running on compressed natural gas, 28 electric trucks, 35 liquefied-petroleum-gas vehicles and 27,471 vehicles powered by ethanol, a form of alcohol.

British cars displayed June 27 at Lilypons

“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.

Opel fuel-cell car sets record for distance

An experimental car built by German manufacturer Opel set a distance record for a hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicle on June 10, German newspaper Die Welt reported.

The car was driven 6,214 miles across Europe, almost doubling the previous distance for a fuel-cell vehicle.

The prototype car, called the HydroGen3, began the trek in northern Norway and took 38 days to reach the farthest point west in Europe, near Lisbon, Portugal.

“The smooth completion of the long-distance trip showed that the reliability of the fuel-cell drive in the HydroGen3 has already reached a very high level,” said Udo Winter, the chief engineer on the project.

Opel has announced plans to offer a fuel-cell car to the public by 2010.

Paris might ban SUVs as offensive

The City Council in Paris is considering a ban on sport utility vehicles, CNN reported last week.

“They’re polluters, they’re space occupiers, they’re dangerous for pedestrians and other road users,” said Denis Baupin, a Green party council member who drafted the resolution.

“They’re a caricature of a car.”

He said the resolution could lead to a ban on the vehicles in 18 months if it is included in an overall plan to improve traffic flow in the city.

SUVs make up about 5 percent of France’s vehicle market.

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 theMonday before publication on Friday.

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