- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2008

Car, truck, bike show set in Calvert County

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

The entry fee is $20, which covers the driver and one passenger. The spectator admission fee is $3 for 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 Saturday. It is open to all makes and models.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will award 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.

Custom show set for Woodbridge, Va.

A custom car show is planned for the Glen in Woodbridge, Va., on Aug. 2 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 plans for 17th car show

The 17th annual Chrysler Product Owners Club Car Show will be held Aug. 3 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 Centreville 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.

Child harness tells of snug, safe fit

Britax Boulevard CS has introduced a Click & Safe snug harness indicator, a solution to the leading misuse of child safety seats. Click & Safe gives an audible affirmation that the baby is snug when the harness straps are fastened. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found 59 percent of all harness straps are dangerously loose, according to Britax.

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.

Big 3 capable of coming back

The Big 3 survived crises far worse than the one gripping General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. Those companies survived and kept alive a domestic auto industry in the face of perils like the Great Depression of the early 1930s, World War II and oil embargoes.

What kept the Detroit Big 3 afloat were franchised dealers who know how to survive downturns. They can be resilient, according to Ward’s Dealer Business.

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