- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 24, 2005

New York City to host international carshow

“The 2005 New York International Auto Show” will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in the city from March 25 to April 3.

In addition to world-class introductions, the show will feature almost 1,000 of the latest car models for ‘05, ‘06 and ‘07.

Tickets are on sale at www.autoshowNY.com on the Internet. Admission is $12 for adults and $4 for children under 12. A discount of $1 per ticket is available for groups or 10 or more adults.

The show times are: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and both Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Sundays. For more information, call 718/746-5300, ext. 242.

St. Pat’s car show set March 5 in Alexandria

Alexandria’s “St. Patrick’s Day Parade Invitational Classic Car Show” is scheduled for March 5 in Old Town.

Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley will be the parade’s grand marshal this year. Vern Parker, auto editor of The Washington Times, again will serve as judge of the classic cars.

Registration for the show will begin at 9 a.m. in the 100 block of North Pitt Street and judging will start at 10 a.m.

Only car owners chauffeuring a dignitary will be allowed to drive in the parade.

The number of entries in the car competition is limited to 50. All cars must be pre-approved for entry. The application deadline was Feb. 18.

To obtain an application or more information, call the Ballyshaners Inc. hot line at 703/237-2199, mailbox Number. Applications can be downloaded from www.ballyshaners.org on the Internet.

Mercedes-Benz again offering scholarships

Mercedes-Benz is offering $1 million in scholarship funding to students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Now in its second year, the “Drive Your Future” program was created in collaboration with Scholarship America. It is part of a broader philanthropic initiative to educate and empower future generations by helping young people reach their potential and become leaders of their generation, according to the sponsor.

The program will give one-time $2,000 scholarships to 500 high school seniors across the country who show financial need as well as exceptional achievement in academic performance, leadership and school and community activities.

Interested first-generation college scholars can visit www.mbusa.com/drivefuture to get an application. The deadline is March 31. Winners will be announced in May.

Technology can curb truck bomb threats

Scientists at a U.S. defense research center have developed a way to prevent trucks from being used as bombs on wheels, Reuters reports.

A remote-controlled device would allow police to trigger another device within a truck to apply the brakes and halt the vehicle, according to researchers at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

“Terrorism is mostly in other countries, but we want to be ready in case they try to come here,” said Ronald Cochran, a research center executive.

The technology also could be installed in buildings to prevent trucks from crashing through gates.

“This is a great way for facilities that have trucks routinely coming on site to add a layer of protection,” said Dave McCallen, a researcher who developed the technology.

Legislation would be needed to require trucks to carry the devices, which have been tested to withstand wireless hackers setting them off or interrupting their signals. The devices would be contained in tamper-proof boxes.

Former California Gov. Gray Davis and the state’s Highway Patrol commissioned studies into the technology after a January 2001 fuel-tanker crash into the state’s Capitol and the September 11 attacks.

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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