- The Washington Times - Friday, January 4, 2008

Cycle show slated for Jan. 11-13

The Cycle World International Motorcycle Show will be Jan. 11 to Jan. 13 at the Washington Convention Center, with hundreds of 2008 street bikes, dirt bikes and cruisers, as well as all-terrain vehicles, from at least 19 manufacturers.

In addition to the new bikes on display, there will be stunt shows, special presentations and a collection of machines that have held speed titles.

A retro showcase will allow patrons to go back in time via rare vintage motorcycles.

The Convention Center is located at 801 Mount Vernon Place in Washington, and the show will last for three days: Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 800/331-5706 or visit the Web site at motorcycleshows.com.

Auto show to hold dance-for-car test

The 2008 Washington Auto Show — for the first time — is holding a “Dancing for Toyotas Contest” that will give participants the chance to perform in a live show.

The contest will transform a part of the auto show, held Jan. 23 to Jan. 27 at the Washington Convention Center, from a car showroom to a dance ballroom. Contestants will compete for one of three new Toyotas.

Paired with professional dance instructors from the Arthur Murray Dance Studios, contestants in three age categories will show their best moves to a panel of judges — and to an audience that will be able to vote for their favorites and possibly win a Toyota of their own.

A longtime supporter of the popular “Hands On Contest,” Toyota is moving into a new area with the “Dancing for Toyotas Contest,” which is being co-sponsored by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA), the Washington Area Toyota Dealers, Arthur Murray Dance Studios and MIX 107.3 FM.

The contest begins Jan. 23 on a 35-foot stage.

Each night from Wednesday through Friday, contestants in one of three age categories will compete in a dance-off, performing in whatever dance style — from the foxtrot to the cha-cha — the judges assign.

The contestants, who were selected from video audition tapes by a team of judges, have been practicing their routines for weeks with their partners from the Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

The contest will conclude Jan. 26 with a showcase, complete with special performances and the announcement of the winners by a celebrity judge.

At the “Dancing for Toyotas” kiosk, car-show patrons will be able to view audition videos, watch the previous night’s competition, vote for their favorite contestants, and learn dance moves from Arthur Murray instructors throughout the show.

For more information about the contest, visit www.dancing fortoyotas.com.

Automakers show off their wares

The 66th presentation of the Washington Auto Show will bring more than 700 new cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs from at least 42 domestic and import automakers to the Washington Convention Center.

The 2008 Washington Auto Show, called “Engineered for the Future,” will be open to the public Jan. 23-24, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call WANADA at 1-866-WASH-AUTO or visit the Washington Auto Show Web site at www.washingtonautoshow. c om

Now in its 90th year, WANADA represents new car dealerships throughout Washington, Maryland and Virginia.

Novelty helmets don’t pass safe test

Motorcycle helmets are supposed to protect from head injury, but so-called novelty helmets don’t measure up under federal safety standards.

When the government put seven novelty helmets to the test against properly certified ones, the novelty helmets flunked.

Researchers concluded that in a crash with forces similar to those in National Highway Safety Administration lab tests, a motorcyclist wearing a novelty helmet would likely sustain brain injury, according to Motor Matters.

c 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 information via e-mail to bobrien@washington times.com.

The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before the date of publication.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide