- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2008

Custom show set in Woodbridge, Va.

A custom car show is planned for the Glen in Woodbridge, Va., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The event is open to all makes and models for a registration fee of $10. Trophies and door prizes will be awarded.

The site is located at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and the Prince William Parkway. For more information, call 202/363-1732.

Chrysler club hosts 17th car show

The 17th annual Chrysler Product Owners Club Car Show will be held Sunday at a Manassas, Va., dealership.

The event is open to all Chrysler products, including Dodge, DeSoto, Imperial and Plymouth, as well as all AMC/Jeep/Eagle models. No street rods are eligible.

Manassas Chrysler-Jeep is hosting the show at 8100 Centerville Road (Route 28) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Awards will include the dealer’s choice, members’ choice and club trophies. For more information, send e-mail to Dave Gelman at dgel man@erols.com.

All-GM show slated Aug. 9 in Rockville

The 34th annual all-GM car show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9, rain or shine, on the campus of Montgomery College in Rockville. Registration is $20 the day of the show.

Trophies for first, second and third place will be awarded in 13 competition classes.

In addition, special Antique Gas Pump Awards will go to best Chevrolet, best Pontiac/ Oakland, best Oldsmobile/ Viking, best Buick/Marquette, best Cadillac/LaSalle and best of show.

For more information and directions, call Scott at 703/858-5752 or Cory at 240/686-0229.

High speed returns at Bonneville Week

America’s high-speed enthusiasts will gather in Wendover, Utah, at the fabled Bonneville Salt Flats Aug. 18-24 for the 2008 Bonneville Speed Week.

Once again, the Chicago-based 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider nicknamed “Bonnie” will add Italian flair to the events while seeking yet another speed record.

In 2006, the yellow Spider recorded a 217.152-mph average over two runs to claim the G/BGMS (Blown Gas Modified Sports) record the team had been chasing since their first trip to Bonneville in 1999. That also made the Richard Kreines-owned Spider the fastest full-bodied Alfa Romeo ever, beating the record held by the Alfa factory’s one-off ProCar 164.

This year, the focus is on regaining the G/BFMS (Blown Fuel Modified Sports) record “Bonnie” set in 2002. which was obliterated by a 221-mph Nissan run in 2006.

The team hoped to achieve that goal last year, but had to cancel the trip west at the last minute.

Now, after an extra year’s worth of aerodynamic and cooling improvements, car builder Mike Besic of Besic Motorsports and engine builder Jim Steck of Autocomponenti feel confident that the International Auto Parts-sponsored Alfa has what it takes to triumph.

Three different drivers (Besic, Steck and Craig Bielat) have set records in the car so far, and Steck joined Bonneville’s exclusive 200 MPH Club in 2006.

That type of success is exceptionally rare at Bonneville, especially for sports-car guys from the Midwest running a four-cylinder Italian sports car.

CR lists top-rated gas-sipping sedans

Looking for a gas-saving small sedan? Consumer Reports has rated the top compact sedans in the following order:

First place goes to Hyundai Elantra SE; then comes the Honda Civic EX; Toyota Prius Touring; Honda Civic EX; Mazda3i; Honda Civic Hybrid; Subaru Impreza 25i; Toyota Corolla LE; Hyundai Elantra GLS; Toyota Prius; Ford Focus SES; Mitsubishi Lancer ES; Kia Spectra EX; Nissan Sentra 2.Os; Chevrolet Cobalt LT; Suzuki Forenza (base); and Suzuki Forenza (base).

GM powering up for rollout of Volt

General Motors has joined with more than 30 utility companies across the U.S. to help work out electricity issues that will crop up when it rolls out the Chevrolet Volt rechargeable car to showrooms in late 2010. “This vehicle is real. It’s coming into production,” said Britta Gross, a GM engineer who is helping to build the infrastructure for cars of the future.

“We know that when the vehicle is in the showroom and ready for sale, it’s got to work seamlessly with the infrastructure. It’s the whole picture. We’ve got to make sure the infrastructure is ready.”

Times show Aug. 31 in Northern Virginia

The 20th Annual Out of the Past Revue will be held at the Spring Hill Recreation Center in McLean. More than 1,000 locally owned antique automobiles are eligible to be on the show field Aug. 31.

The cars have been the subject of the Out of the Past column by Vern Parker that appears every Friday in the AutoWeekend section of The Washington Times.

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