- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Early St. Pat’s Day show tomorrow

Alexandria’s “St. Patrick’s Day Parade Classic Car Show” is set for tomorrow.

The show will be held in the 100 block of North Pitt Street in Old Town. Sean O’Keefe, administrator of NASA, will be the parade’s grand marshal this year.

Registration for the car show begins at 9 a.m., with judging starting at 10 a.m. Only car owners chauffeuring dignitaries will be allowed to drive in the parade.

For more information, call 703/237-2199 or check online at www.ballyshaners.org.

‘Chevy/Vettefest’ planned in mid-March

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the “Chicago Chevy/Vettefest,” billed as the largest all-indoor, all Chevy/Corvette event of its kind.

More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the show March 13-14 at McCormick Place, North Building at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in the Windy City.

The 50th anniversary of the Corvette will be celebrated this year. Show officials promise that patrons will have unparalleled access to Corvettes and Chevys from the 1950s to the present. An estimated 300 collectible cars will be on display. And there will be competitions in a variety of categories for “Top Gun” plaques.

Events during the two days will include a car and truck sale and a swap meet. Admission is $12, with children under 12 admitted free.

For more information, call Mid America Promotions at 708/563-4300 or check the Web site at www.midamericapromotions.com.

Colors, music help oldsters find vehicles

Can’t find your car at sprawling amusement park or megamall parking lots these days? You are not alone.

The problem has become so pervasive, especially for aging baby boomers, that public garage owners are starting to use color coding and music to help drivers find their way back to vehicles, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The paper found that at airports, too, attendants are collecting license information to assist motorists who can recall at least part of their plate number.

Donate a vehicle for kidney research

Donate an old car, truck or boat to the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area and provide new hope for thousands in the D.C. area.

The donation can help lower the rate of kidney and urinary diseases and improve the quality of life for individuals on dialysis. Plus, donors may qualify for a tax deduction and towing is free.

Call 202/244-7900 or 800/488-CARS (2277). Vehicles are sold either at auction or for parts. For more information, call the above numbers or visit www.kidneywdc.org on the Internet.

Nissan hopes royals will give up old limos

Nissan Motor Co. in Japan is trying to avoid an embarrassment of crowning proportions.

The company hopes to persuade the imperial household to retire a fleet of limousines before they break down. The Nissan Prince Royal, Japan’s most exclusive make of car, has been carrying the imperial couple around for decades, the Mainichi Daily News reports.

“We could keep [the limos] running, but there are some areas that simply can’t be fixed,” a Nissan spokesman told the newspaper. “So if there was a breakdown on the way to an important event, it would be a disaster.”

Despite the prospect of inconvenience, the Imperial Household Agency is determined to keep the 30-year-old limos in service. Apparently more worrisome is the enormous expense of replacing all the royal wheels.

Times show slated for Sept. 5 this year

The 16th Out of the Past Review, hosted by The Washington Times, will be held this year on Sept. 5 at the Spring Hill Recreation Center in McLean.

The annual show is open only to vehicles that have appeared in Vern Parker’s “Out of the Past” column in the AutoWeekend section.

The show begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with winners chosen by popular vote of those attending. There is no admission charge.

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 of AutoWeekend each Friday.

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