- The Washington Times - Friday, November 28, 2008

Pebble Beach seeks entries earlier

The Pebble Beach (Calif.) Concours d´Elegance is already accepting entry applications for the 59th annual show to be held on Aug. 16, 2009. Entry forms were mailed out last week, and all completed forms are due back to the Concours by Jan. 7 — two full months earlier than in previous years.

“The earlier time frame allows our selection committee to put together the very best field,” said Concours Chairwoman Sandra Kasky Button.

“By verifying and then confirming our field of entries as soon as possible, it will also be easier for our entrants — especially those outside the United States — to fully prepare and ship their vehicles. The number of applicants and participants from outside the United States continues to increase demonstrating that the Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance has truly become the world´s concours, and we want to provide everybody with the time they need to get ready for this great competition.”

Entry forms have been mailed to past participants and interested enthusiasts who had previously requested them. Other car collectors interested in receiving an application are invited to send e-mail describing their car to entrant relations manager Sean Jacobs at sjacobs@pebblebeachconcours.net.

Most entrants will be notified in early spring whether their cars have been accepted or not, with the balance of entries notified shortly afterward.

Bugatti and Bentley will be the featured marques for the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance. The Concours will also celebrate the centennials of Morgan and Audi and will highlight the designs of Zagato.

For reservations or more information, call 800/654-9300 or visit the website at www.pebblebeach.com. The complete list of show classes and additional entry information are available online at www.pebblebeachconcours.net/pages/3008/entrant_info.htm.

Keep car in shape for cold months

“Cars and the cold don’t get along,” said Jim MacPherson, automotive author and car-care expert. “The plummeting temperatures cause all kinds of problems, so in order to stay safe, save money and reduce fuel consumption, it’s important to keep your car properly maintained and tuned.”

In cold weather a battery’s cranking power is reduced significantly, so make sure to check that your battery and charging system are in good operating condition. Allow your car to idle for a few seconds to warmup after starting the engine - it ensures that lubrication is circulated throughout the engine.

Honda dedicates plant in Indiana

Touting the “Civic pride” it shares with the state of Indiana and city of Greensburg, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC last week dedicated its new auto plant that last month began producing the fuel-efficient, four-cylinder Honda Civic Sedan.

Joining the more than 1,000 Honda associates for the event were Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO Takeo Fukui, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, U.S. Rep. Mike Pence and Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert.

Honda took the occasion of the Indiana plant opening to announce that it plans to transfer exclusive production of the world’s only compressed natural gas powered passenger vehicle, the Civic GX, to Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in 2009.

“The entire world of Honda has great ‘Civic pride’ in our team of associates in Indiana,” Mr. Fukui said. “Each Honda associate here in Indiana plays a direct and important role in our ability to meet the needs of our customers. Our challenge is to continue to deliver products of the highest quality, produced with the highest efficiency.”

Currently, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana is operating on one shift with plans to add a second shift in 2009. The Honda Civic Sedan produced in Indiana features the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder gasoline engine produced by the Honda engine plant in Anna, Ohio.

Honda announced plans to build the Greensburg facility in June 2006, and broke ground for the new production facility in March 2007.

NADA operates donation site

The National Automobile Dealers Association has an online vehicle donation site. Electronic visitors to www.NADAguides.com can click on the “take a shortcut” in the upper-right drop-down window and then click on “donate your vehicle” for more information.A favorite charity can be selected from a list of accredited nonprofit organizations. NADA will assist with the paperwork. The NADA Web site also offers new- and used-car buying advice.

• Mail items of interest to AutoNotes, care of Bill O’Brien, The Washington Times Copy Desk, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, or send e-mail to bobrien@washingtontimes.com.

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