- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 10, 2007

Calvert Cruisers plan car, truck, bike show

The Night Thunder Cruisers are planning a car, truck and bike show tomorrow at Huntington High School in Calvert County, Md.

Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. for the top 75 vehicles as well as for the best-of-show car, truck and bike. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon.

The entry fee is $15 for a driver and one passenger, with a $3 donation for others in a group.

The fundraiser will benefit the Athletic Club of Huntington High School and Project Graduation, according to the sponsor.

For more information, contact Langford Johnson at 443/532-1422 or Johnny Brooks at 410/535-3730, or send e-mail to Larry Gross at larrygrosscpa@comcast.net.

Bentley site a must for any enthusiast

A new Web site for vintage (1919-1931) Bentley automobiles, www.vintagebentleys.org, is likely to hold the attention of any Bentley buff.

The core of the Web site is a “History by Chassis” listing all pre-1932 “W.O.” Bentleys ever built, with photographs of many of the cars.

In addition, there are sections on technical information for restoration and maintenance; a “Bentley Clinic” for asking and answering questions; profiles of individuals who have been instrumental in preserving the marque and videos of people enjoying their cars.

Chrysler show set for Crofton, Md.

A Chrysler products car show will be held rain or shine tomorrow at the Westside Service Center in Crofton, Md.

In addition to judging, there will be refreshments, door prizes and special category trophies.

The center is located at 2140 Priest Bridge Court (behind the Federal Express Building) in Crofton.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Eric Wolfe at 410/721-7819.

Ford shares second for vehicle quality

In terms of initial vehicle quality, Ford Motor Co. is in a statistical dead-heat for second place with Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co., according to a new study.

The report is based on an annual survey of 31,000 new vehicle owners that was conducted for Ford by the RDA Group, a market research firm based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Dealers say improved quality is helping bring customers back into their showrooms, according to the Detroit News.

All-brands cruise-in planned for May 20

The Frederick County Corvette Club will host a cruise-in for all vehicle brands on May 20, rain or shine, in Urbana, Md.

The event, from noon to 3:30 p.m., will include judging and presentation of trophies for first, second and third places as well as a special trophy for the Corvette winner.

The cruise-in location is the Cracked Claw restaurant, where Route 355 intersects with Route 80 in Urbana.

Take Exit 26 from Interstate 270. Food will be available all day and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

Rolling Thunder set Memorial weekend

Rolling Thunder XX is being planned for Memorial Day weekend in Washington, with a motorcycle ride to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on May 27.

The annual demonstration is for a full accounting of all prisoners of war and those still missing in action from conflicts beginning with World War I.

The event also seeks support for military veterans’ rights.

Riders begin gathering at 8 a.m. and leave at noon on May 27 from the North Pentagon Parking Lot across the Potomac River from Washington.

For additional information about the ride and the other weekend activities, visit www.rollingthunder1.com on the Internet.

Vehicle safety critical for a third of buyers

GM’s executive director for vehicle structure and safety integration, Robert Lange, says one-third of car buyers will research safety on the Internet before buying.

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized its mandate that by the model year 2012 all vehicles come with anti-rollover capability — a crash-avoidance technology that has the potential of saving as many as 9,600 lives annually.

Don’t drive impaired; buckle up for prom

For a safe prom night, the Teachers’ Insurance Plan company recommends that parents be on call for a ride home.

They also should have a “no-questions-asked” policy on youngsters getting home safely.

Parents also should get the names of other prom-goers and their parents’ phone numbers. They should tell their teens: Don’t drink and drive; don’t ride with anyone who is drinking; and buckle up.

Mail items of interest to Auto Notes, care of Bill O’Brien, The Washington Times Copy Desk, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Or send items of interest via e-mail to bobrien@washingtontimes.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before the date of publication.

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