- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 18, 2003

A Harley-lovers book mostly for laughs

Motorcycle enthusiasts, especially Harley-Davidson lovers, can get a new book that takes a humorous look at alternative uses for old Harleys.

Readers probably can find this book, “101 Uses for an Old Harley,” in gift shops or online bookselling sites. Or it can be ordered directly from Voyageur Press for $14.95 by calling 800/888-9653 or fax 651/430-2211. Go to the Web site at www.voyageurpress.com for more information.

Smithsonian exhibits Dodge Caravan

The Dodge Caravan is history; American history, that is. Chrysler has announced that the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History is adding a first-generation Caravan to its collection. A 1986 model will be featured in the museum’s new exhibit titled “America on the Move.”

The exhibit will explain the role transportation has played in the nation’s development from 1876 to the present.

Taft brought cars to the White House

“I’m sure the automobile coming in as a toy of the wealthier class is going to prove the most useful of them all to all classes, rich and poor.”

Sound like a Henry Ford quote? Wrong. The comment was made by William Howard Taft. He was the first president to acquire a car while in office. He even added a White House garage in 1909.

A new book, “William Howard Taft and the First Motoring Presidency, 1909-1913” takes a look at his tenure, his cars, and the role of the automobile in the politics of his day.

The book, by Bethesda writer Michael L. Bromley, sells for $49.95. For more information, call McFarland & Co. publishers at 800/253-2187 or 336/246-4460 or send a fax to 336/246-4403. Also, look online at www.mcfarlandpub.com.

Toyota plans to make a gas-electric SUV

Toyota Motor Corp. is coming out with a hybrid midsize sport utility vehicle in 2004.

The company announced that its Highlander, which is sold as the Kluger in Japan, will join the Prius sedan as Toyota’s second vehicle with a gas-electric hybrid engine.

Volvo seeks names of everyday heroes

Nominations of everyday heroes are being accepted for a second year at www.volvoforlifeawards.com through Jan. 16.

Volvo is contributing $1 million to the program, which recognizes ordinary people who make extraordinary contributions to their communities.

In March, Volvo will select 100 semifinalists to receive a framed certificate of merit for their accomplishments. From this group, Volvo will select three finalists each in three categories: safety, quality of life and environment.

One winner will be named in each category and $50,000 will be donated to each winner’s favorite charity. Each of the remaining six finalists will win $10,000 for a charitable donation. The three category winners will be flown to New York on April 7, to be honored at the Volvo for Life Awards ceremony at Times Square Studios Ltd.

Fax or mail items of interest to Bill O’Brien, Auto Notes, The Washington Times, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Use fax 202/832-2167. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication of AutoWeekend each Friday.


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