- The Washington Times - Friday, July 18, 2008

Car, truck, bike show set in Calvert County

The 5th annual car, truck and bike show in Calvert County, Md., is scheduled for July 26 at Huntingtown High School.

The entry fee is $20, which includes the driver and one passenger. The spectator fee is $3 for admission to the event, which runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be awards for the top 75 vehicles in the judging, with special awards for best of show in car, truck and bike categories.

The show, sponsored by the Night Thunder Cruisers of Calvert County, is billed as a fundraiser for the Huntingtown High School Band and Relay for Life. 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.

Alexandria show at Beacon Center

A custom car and truck show at Beacon Center in Alexandria is scheduled for July 26. It is open to all makes and models.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will award both trophies and door prizes. Registration ($10) is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Beacon Center is located 2 1/2 miles south of the Capital Beltway on Route 1. For more information, call “Pope” at 202/363-1732.

Service facilities staying open longer

As new car sales drop, dealerships are keeping their service departments open longer in an effort to boost revenue. In 2007, the average dealership operated its shop a record 56 hours a week, up from 55 hours in 2006 and 54 hours in 2005, according to Automotive News.

Service and parts department profits accounted for 81 percent of the typical dealership’s total operating profits in 2007, up from 77 percent the previous year. Some dealerships say they turned away service business before adding evening and weekend hours.

HD radio offered in new car models

More carmakers are adding digital radio. The latest is Hyundai, which will offer digital radio, known as HD Radio, in its new Genesis sedan, according to USA Today.

Among others, BMW already offers an HD tuner as a stand-alone option, and Volvo is going to offer HD Radio standard on most models next year. More than 1,700 AM and FM stations also broadcast an HD digital signal as well as traditional analog signal — up from 11 in 2002.

Times show planned 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 Sunday, 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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