- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 13, 2004

Porsche to debut new version of 911

Porsche will introduce a new version of its iconic 911 sports car July 17 in Europe. The car, which won’t be sold in the United States and Britain until September, will have design features such as the return to oval headlights and a more muscular back end, according to Porsche.

The headlights will recall the 993 version of the Porsche 911 from the mid-1990s.

The new version will be marketed as the Carrera and Carrera S. The Carrera’s sticker price before tax will start at $77,000; the S model will be about $87,000.

Rolls-Royce will mark 100th anniversary

Rolls Royce is marking its 100th anniversary by making only 35 of a model to be called the Centenary Phantom.

It initially will be put on display at a convention center in Manchester, England. At the Midland Hotel there, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce agreed on May 4, 1904, to go into partnership.

The anniversary car’s badge, two interlocked Rs, will be done in red on a chrome background. Red was the original color of the letters, but it was changed to black in 1930. The famous Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament will be done in solid silver and be removable to prevent theft.

‘Orphan’ tour slated in Thurmont, Md.

The 15th annual “Orphan Car Tour,” scheduled for June 6, is open to all owners of antique cars whose manufacturer or auto division no longer exists.

Cars will assemble at noon at the Pizza Hut, 205 Frederick Road, Thurmont, Md. Ninety minutes later, participants will be released one by one with printed directions for the scenic route. The excursion ends back at Thurmont for a 5 p.m. buffet dinner in the Cozy Restaurant.

The entry fee is $7 per car. Buffet tickets are $16 per adult and must be reserved with the tour organizers. The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, call Jon Battle at 703/392-6870.

Swap meet set for tomorrow

The Capital Land Cruiser Club and Off-Camber Crawlers are sponsoring a swap meet tomorrow in Alexandria.

Admission is free to those not selling parts at the meet, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fuddruckers restaurant, 4141C Duke St.

For information about selling, registration and fees, contact Robert Blumel at 202/903-9671 or online at [email protected]

Cadillac, LaSalle show slated for Greenbelt

Capitol Cadillac will hold its annual spring Cadillac, LaSalle show at the Greenbelt dealership on Sunday.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon with awards presented at 3 p.m. The show is open to all Cadillacs and LaSalles. For more information, call William Sessler of the Potomac Region of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club at 703/368-2367.

Orphan ‘mini-meet’ planned in Alexandria

Orphans of Alexandria is hosting a “mini-meet” tomorrow at the Lyceum.

The show is called a mini-meet because it will be held in the parking lot of the community history museum in Alexandria and feature only a dozen or so cars. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Owners are asked to bring photos, ads and other memorabilia about their vehicle for display at their space.

The Lyceum is located at 201 S. Washington St. For more information, call 703/838-4994 or check online at www.alexandriahistory.org.

Bikers to gather again on Memorial Day

“Fire Up & ThundR Out — America’s Rolling Thunder Rally V,” a four-day gathering that culminates with a motorcycle parade to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is scheduled for May 28 to 31.

The annual event again will be held at the Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata, Md. The cost of a four-day pass is $30 per person, or $12 for a one-day pass. Children under 12 are admitted free. People on active duty with military identification get a $2 discount. Rally activities will include a bike and car show, lawn-tractor pulling, children’s games and music.

The motorcycle run to the District begins assembling at 7 a.m. May 30 at the fairgrounds. Departure time is 9 a.m. with a police escort to the Pentagon’s north parking lot. From there, the parade to the Vietnam wall begins at 12:30 p.m. The event honors military veterans, POWs, MIAs and active-duty personnel. A portion of the proceeds goes to Bikers With Heart Inc., a nonprofit group benefiting injured motorcyclists as well as disadvantaged children and their families. For more information, call 301/893-2900 or visit the Web site at www.fireupthundrout.com.

‘Old Dominion Meet’ planned next weekend

The 51st “Old Dominion Meet” is being planned for May 21-22 at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va.

Judging in several classes will last until 3 p.m. The registration deadline has passed, but car show enthusiasts are invited to attend.

Contact Robbie Gray, 1430 Red Top Orchard Road, Waynesboro, Va. 22980 for more information.

Fairfax offers Old Town show

The City of Fairfax will host its “Antique Car Show” tomorrow in Old Town.

Registration, which begins at 9 a.m., is open to antiques, classics, modifieds and rods at least 25 years old.

Judging lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with trophies awarded for best of show, mayor’s choice and people’s choice, among other categories.

The show is located at City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax.

PG schools program seeks donated cars

The Foundation of Automotive and Construction Technology for Students (FACTS) in Prince George’s County is looking for automobile donations. The program is part of the county public schools system.

Donated vehicles will be used by high school students for training. Some of the cars might be repaired for sale by the Student Auto Group enterprise.

Donations are tax deductible and a letter of donation will be issued for tax purposes. But FACTS asks that donated autos be operational because the program’s towing capability is limited. For more information, call 301/749-4267.

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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