- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 3, 2005

Car show scheduled at Baltimore center

The Baltimore Convention Center will host the “Motor Trend International Auto Show” Feb. 10-13.

Hundreds of the latest cars, trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles will be on display for close inspection. The selection will include new models, pre-production ones, specialty vehicles and concepts cars.

Feb. 13 is Kids Day, when children 12 and younger can get in free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Show hours are: Feb. 10, noon to 11 p.m.; Feb. 11-12, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults (13 and older), $6 for senior citizens (62 and older) and military personnel with ID, and $4 for children ages 7 through 12. Those under 6 get in free.

Visit the Web site at www.motortrendautoshows.com/baltimore for more information.

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 is Feb. 18.

To obtain an application or more information, call the Ballyshaners Inc. hot line at 703/237-2199, mailbox No. 2.

An application can be downloaded from www.ballyshaners.org on the Internet.

Brain region causes teen-driving risks

Two U.S. studies have linked incomplete brain development in teenagers with the fact they are three times more likely to die in a car crash than older drivers.

A National Institutes of Health study suggests the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully developed until age 25, The Washington Post reported recently.

The continuing study involves scanning the brains of 2,000 persons age 4 through 26 with magnetic resonance imaging to examine development.

The NIH findings are supported by crash statistics and a soon-to-be-released study from Temple University. Researchers there used a driver-style test to show that young motorists take greater risks when friends are watching.

Research can crack code used in ignitions

Does your vehicle have one of those security chips in the ignition key that prevents theft? Well, it’s not foolproof.

Johns Hopkins University computer researchers say they have cracked security codes used in car ignitions — primarily Fords, Toyotas and Nissans.

But Tony Sabetti, of Texas Instruments, says the hardware used to crack the codes is cumbersome, expensive and not practical for common thieves.

Chrysler auctioning new Charger on Web

Chrysler is auctioning both an autographed NASCAR race-car body shell used for the press introduction and the first volume production 2006 Dodge Charger to roll off the line at its Brampton, Ontario, assembly plant.Bidding began Tuesday on the Internet at www.ebay.com/charger. It will continue through Feb. 11.

The auction proceeds will benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp as well as the Salvation Army.

The race-car shell is a replica of NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year Kasey Kahne’s Dodge Charger as it was introduced to more than 3,500 international media representatives.

Richard Petty and Kahne took part in the introduction of the vehicle representing the past and present Dodge dominance in NASCAR racing. The race-car shell has been autographed by Petty, Kahne and Chrysler Group President and CEO Dieter Zetsche.

Petty, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, will deliver the production model Charger’s keys to the top online bidder May 7 at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

The 2006 Dodge Charger, available with a 340-horsepower engine, will be in showrooms later this year.

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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