- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 30, 2004

‘Back to Bethesda’ scheduled tomorrow

The 14th annual “Come Back to Bethesda” benefit car show and family day will be held tomorrow.

Chevy Chase Cars, 7725 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, will host the event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for custom, classic, antique and modified cars and trucks.

Registration is $12, rising to $15 on show day beginning at 9 a.m. The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health will benefit from the proceeds, according to the sponsors. You can register online at www.chevychasecars.com/bethesda.htm. There will be trophies, entertainment, a 50-50 raffle, how-to help, vendors, clowns and games for children.

For more information, call Ron Evanish at 301/657-4000, ext. 1122, or visit www.backtobethesda.org on the Internet.

Russian auto output up sharply in 2004

Russian auto production increased 13 percent through the first eight months of this year, the Moscow Times reported.

Production rose to 923,384 units from January through August. ASM Holdings, which collates Russian and Commonwealth of Independent States automotive sector statistics, provided the information to the Interfax news agency in a report carried by the Moscow Times,

The report noted that car production totaled 735,095 for the first eight months of this year, up 14 percent from 2003. Truck production during the same period amounted to 139,129, an increase of 11.6 percent. And bus production rose 4.4 percent to 50,734.

Armed forces home to host 47th show

The 47th annual “Antique Auto Assembly” is scheduled Sunday on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the District.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the judging starting at 11 a.m. Awards will be given in three categories: antique, modified and military. A special award will be presented to the oldest auto on hand.

Participants and spectators can enter the retirement home grounds by way of Eagle Gate at Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road in the District. The home’s address is 3700 North Capitol St. NW.

Cadillac-LaSalle show at Greenbelt dealer

The Potomac Region Cadillac LaSalle Club will hold its annual fall show Oct. 24 at Capitol Cadillac in Greenbelt.

In addition to the judging, there will be an automobilia auction.

Car registration will last from 9 a.m. to noon. Spectators are welcome from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The dealership is located at 6500 Capitol Drive, Greenbelt.

For more information, call Bill Sessler at 703/368-2367.

PT Cruiser event set for Oct. 21-24

The PT Cruisers Owners Club is hosting “Return to the Beach V” in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Oct. 21-24 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Currently at least 181 PT Cruisers are registered for the show, which will feature judging in 22 classes.

Registration costs $20, rising to $25 after Oct. 17.

Events include an “early bird” dinner Thursday night, and a Friday-night cookout at the host hotel, the Red Roof Inn (843/626-4444).

Saturday evening there will be an awards banquet.

For more information, call Bob Walsak at 910/669-3378 or Mike Wright at 704/947-3010. Or you can visit the club Web site at www.ptownersclub.com.

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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