- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 27, 2005

Classic auction set in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction is being held through Sunday at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The event is considered the pre-eminent classic car auction on the international calendar and includes a Lifestyle Expo by at least 350 exhibitors.

The auction, presented by Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep, is being aired on the Speed Channel Network.

Viewers, attendees and actual bidders can expect to see an array of antique vehicles, motorcycles, sports cars and street rods.

For more information, visit www.barrett-jackson.com on the Internet.

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.

Mustang GT engine one of ‘10 best’

Ward’s Auto World has selected the 4.6-liter, three-valve V-8 that powers the Ford Mustang GT as a “10 Best Engine” for 2005.

Ward’s testers praised Ford for creating a refined V-8, calling it “the perfect new-generation muscle-car V-8.”

The lightweight, all-aluminum engine produces 300 horsepower.

Ford truck, Camry stay on top for 2004

Ford Motor Co.’s F-series truck retained the title of best-selling vehicle in America last year. Toyota Camry again was the best-selling car, according to the Associated Press.

Ford sold 939,511 of the trucks in 2004, setting an industry record for full-size pickup sales.

The Camry was the best-selling car for the third year in a row and the seventh time in the past eight years.

Toyota Motor Co. sold 426,990 Camry sedans last year, compared with 413,296 the previous year.

British insurer offers youths cut-rate deal

Britain’s biggest automobile insurance company is offering a policy to young motorists intended to curb driving during hours when most accidents occur.

Norwich Union, which insures one in seven British vehicles, says that its new “pay-as-you-drive” policy will charge 18-to-21-year-olds a flat fee of $1.89 per mile if they drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to United Press International.

Driving outside those hours will cost about one-tenth as much, the company said.

However, the youthful drivers who buy the new policy will have to pay $376 for a device that would monitor when they drive.

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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