- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Orange Co. Choppers coming to Baltimore

The 22nd annual Baltimore International Motorcycle Show is slated for the Convention Center today through Sunday. This year the big attraction is bikes built by Orange County Choppers of “American Chopper” TV fame. The show also will feature name brands including Indian, BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Enfield, Moto Guzzi, Suzuki, Triumph, Yamaha, Victory, Boss Hoss, Buell, Titan, Aprilia, Vespa and Big Dog. ATVs and other off-road bikes will be on display.

Food and beverages will be for sale. For more information, call 301/808-2233 or visit www.internationalmotorcycleshow.com.

Classic auction set in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction is scheduled Jan. 25-30 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The event is considered the pre-eminent classic car auction on the international calendar and includes a Lifestyle Expo by at least 350 exhibitors. More than 185,000 collectors and enthusiasts from around the world are expected.

The auction, presented by Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep, will air on the Speed Channel Network live, featuring 24 hours of prime-time coverage.

Viewers and attendees can expect to see an array of antique vehicles, motorcycles, sports cars and street rods.

For more information, visit www.barrett-jackson.com on the Internet.

Safety features save many motorist lives

The U.S. Department of Transportation says that seat belts, air bags and other safety features have saved an estimated 329,000 lives since 1960.

A government report released this week notes that more than half of the lives were saved by seat belts alone.

Thousands of people are killed on the nation’s highways every year.

A total of 32,737 persons died in cars and light trucks in 2002, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In comparison, 28,183 persons were killed in 1960. But people traveled millions more miles in 2002, so the death rate per miles traveled was lower.

The government-mandated safety features have added 125 pounds to the average passenger car since 1968, according to the NHTSA report.

Pope given Ferrari on a smaller scale

Ferrari has so much respect for Pope John Paul II that the famed racing company gave him one of its cars — well, a model one.

The bright red 1:5 scale model was presented Monday by Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher and the rest of the Ferrari racing team during a meeting with the pope.

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo told the pontiff that Ferrari drivers, mechanics and management wanted to honor him for his courage and defense of human rights for the past 26 years, Reuters reported.

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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