- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 5, 2004

All-GM show returns to Rockville campus

A GM show is being planned for Aug. 14 on the campus of Montgomery College in Rockville.

The 30th annual show, being hosted by Buick and Oldsmobile clubs, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with judging in 14 classes including all years. Registration will be $15 at the gate (early registration, $12), but spectators get in free.

The campus is located at 51 Mannakee St. For more information, call 240/686-0229.

Expenses rule out repair for some cars

Most standard auto insurance policies won’t pay to fix a vehicle if the bill exceeds its cash value.

And the cost of repairs is soaring as more vehicles are being equipped with pricey equipment such as xenon headlamps, video cameras for backing up and multiple air bags, says a trade magazine.

This year, for example, 16 percent of vehicles damaged in collisions are being declared a total loss, compared with 7 percent in 1995, according to Collision Repair Industry Insight.

Fredericksburg Elks plan historic meet

The “Historic Fredericksburg Region Meet” will be held for the 47th time Aug. 14 at the Elks Club in Fredericksburg, Va.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine with judging in 18 categories. But it’s closed to street rods or modified vehicles.

Trophies also will be awarded for the best GM, Ford, Chrysler and independent cars.

For more information, call Robert Aftel (chairman) at 540/372-9673 or Fred Whetzel (flea market) at 540/898-2865.

Custom show slated in White Plains, Md.

The second annual “Custom Bike, Car & Truck Fest” will be held Aug. 15 at the Tailgates Sports Cafe on Route 301 in White Plains, Md.

The event, which begins at 11 a.m., costs $5 for spectators. The vehicle entry fee is $20.

Judging will be at 5 p.m., with trophy awards presented at 6 p.m. In addition to awards, there will be music, food and door prizes.

For more information, call 301/893-2900 or visit www.fireupthundrout.com on the Internet.

Blessing of the Cars in Pacoima, Calif.

PACOIMA, Calif. — An Episcopal priest, wearing a stole with orange hot rod flames and a checker-flag border, presided over the weekend’s Blessing of the Cars in Pacoima, Calif.

“Dear God, we ask your blessings today to come upon all these people gathered here, and upon their cars,” the Rev. Norm Supancheck, chaplain of an Episcopal high school in Mission Hills, Calif., prayed during the event. “We ask that the people, the cars, the owners, feel your presence with them.”

Antique cars coming to Frederick

The 19th annual “Francis Scott Key Antique Car Club Show” is scheduled for Aug. 15 in Frederick, Md.

The 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. event will be held at Rose Hill Manor Children’s Museum and Historic Park at 1611 N. Market St.

Trophies will be awarded in 22 categories as well as best of show through 1954 and best of show post-1955. There is no spectator admission fee. Registration for judging is $10 at the gate. For more information, Doug Crum at 301/898-5755 or Bill Rife at 301/898-9430.

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

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