- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 7, 2005

Auto show to debut in Loudoun County

The “Northern Virginia Auto Show” is scheduled tomorrow at the Dulles Town Center in Loudoun County.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The rain date is Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission and family entertainment events are free at this debut show, at which area dealers will feature their lines of autos.

Joe Gibbs’ racing cars also will be on display (Bobby Labonte’s No. 18 and Tony Stewart’s No. 20) in connection with Youth for Tomorrow, the show’s charity recipient.

For more information, visit www.timescommunity.com on the Internet or call 703/472-7938.

Youths being offered Driver’s Edge training

Driver’s Edge, a nonprofit organization with a mission of reducing young-driver fatalities, brings free instruction to the area tomorrow at FedEx Field in Landover.

The morning session will begin at 8 and the afternoon one at 1. Founder Jeff Payne and his team of instructors will provide both classroom and behind-the-wheel training.

To attend, youths between ages 15 and 21 possessing a valid license must register in advance. The online site is at www.driversedge.org. A total of 200 young drivers and their parents will be accepted for the instruction.

‘Spring Dust Off’ set in Northern Virginia

The Capitol City Rockets club will host its annual spring meet Sunday in Manassas rain or shine.

The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the Burger King parking lot at 10991 Nokesville Road. Call 703/392-0017 for directions. The meet is open to a variety of vehicles, including hot rods and cruisers.

For more information, contact Dick Brown at 703/569-3240 or Jeff Neischel at 703/895-5202.

Mustang Club plans Rockville show

The National Capital Region Mustang Club is hosting a Ford and Mustang show April 24 on the Rockville campus of Montgomery College.

The show, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature judged classes for Mustangs and participant-vote classes for all other Ford products.

he rain date is May 1.

For more information, call Victor at 301/862-3235 or Jim at 410/721-1196 or visit www.ncrmc.org on the Internet.

Low tire pressure costs big bucks

U.S. motorists could be wasting more than $10 billion annually at the gas pump because of underinflated tires, according to a study done by Dunlap tire researchers.

Their statistics show that tires underinflated by 4 to 5 pounds per square inch can result in a vehicle using 10 percent more fuel.

In addition to the wasted fuel costs, underinflation can force U.S. motorists to visit gas pumps an additional 328 million times each year.

Dunlap, which is a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. signature brand, said the data are based on cars that travel 20,000 miles per year, require 15 gallons per fill up and average 20 miles per gallon at a cost of $2.10 per gallon.

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 on Friday.

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