- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 4, 2004

Take motorcycle ride for charity tomorrow

The second annual “Bikers With Heart Christmas for St. Ann’s Kids” ride is scheduled tomorrow.

It will begin at noon from Harley-Davidson of Washington, 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington. Registration starts at 10 a.m.

Participants are asked to give a gift worth $15 or a gift certificate in that amount. After a 37-mile ride, cyclists will deliver items to St. Ann’s Infant & Maternity Home, 4901 Eastern Ave., Hyattsville.

Participants are asked to not donate stuffed animals or used clothing to the charitable cause

For more information, call Bikers With Heart Inc. at 301/893-2900 or H-D of Washington at 301/248-1200. The pertinent Web site is at www.fireupthundrout.com.

Miniature car show set Sunday in Virginia

The Capital Miniature Auto Collectors Club is hosting its annual show Sunday at Dunn Loring, Va., Volunteer Fire House Community Hall.

The show involves about 60 tables of vendors selling miniature automobiles of all sizes, types, makes, and materials. The show costs $4 for adults, with no charge for children under 12.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring.

For more information, contact show chairman Jim Brostrom at 703/941-0373 or send e-mail to jwbrostrom@yahoo.com.

Escalade stolen most, insurance study finds

The Cadillac Escalade EXT is the most-targeted vehicle for theft, according to a list compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

It marked the second straight year the vehicle topped the list.

The Nissan Maxima is ranked the second-most likely car to be stolen among newer sedans.

The Maxima theft rate went up after the auto company began installing expensive, high-intensity headlights in 2002, the institute found.

Toyota offers event wagon

Toyota Motor Corp. this week unveiled the Hiace Sound Satellite, a commercial wagon that can transform itself into a multifunctional mobile studio for use at live outdoor events.

The futuristic vehicle, in additional to having two large roof-mounted fold-away plasma display screens, also is fitted with audio gear and indoor lighting.

The double doors on the left-hand side of the vehicle open to reveal a fan-shaped “revolving open studio” equipped with a counter, audio gear and other fixtures to the left and a fan-shaped “revolving merchandise showcase” to the right.

The vehicle thus can be used as a DJ booth, to set up equipment for an event, to display goods, or in a variety of other ways, Toyota officials said.

Fire apparatus show set Sunday in District

The “1st Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show” to benefit the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation will be held Sunday.

The event is being hosted rain or shine by the Armed Forces Retirement Home, located at Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street NW.

Activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include static displays, bagpipers, rig judging/awards and demonstrations.

The show is presented by the D.C. Fire Fighters Association, Local No. 36.

For more information, send e-mail to walter.e.webb@iafflocal36.com.

Ford F-150 wins accessory award

The Ford Motor Co.’s F-150 was recognized as one of this year’s most accessory-friendly vehicles by an AutoWeek/Automotive News Specialty Vehicle Forum, winning one of three SEMA Vehicle Design Awards.

The F-150 won in the most accessory-friendly truck category, adding to the more than 30 awards the vehicle has received since its introduction this year.

Weaving driver didn’t have hands on wheel

South African police were stunned recently when they pulled over a jalopy and found the steering wheel on the seat next to the driver. The driver had been weaving at a “considerable speed,” the Cape Argus newspaper reported. When flagged down, the driver was found to be using a pair of vice-grip pliars attached to the steering shaft to control his Ford Cortina.

The detached steering wheel had an anti-theft device locked across it. The driver told police he lost the key to the lock, so he simply removed the steering wheel. Although police determined the car was not stolen, it was impounded.

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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