Charles County, Md., plans car, music show
A car show will be held Sunday at the Charles County Fairground in conjunction with an oldies show for music fans.
Car registration begins at 10 a.m. and the gates open at noon. Admission is $20.
Cash prizes will be given to first-, second-, and third-place winners. The fairground is located on Route 301 in Charles County, Md. No coolers will be allowed, but food and beverages will be available.
For more information, call 301/520-9771 or 301/467-5607.
Cruise-in tonight aids Toys for Tots cause
The Prince William Cruisers and the U.S. Marine Corps, in conjunction with BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse, are sponsoring a cruise-in tonight in Woodbridge, Va.
The event, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 14123 Noblewood Plaza on Prince William County Parkway, will benefit underprivileged children.
Participants are asked to bring an unwrapped new toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
The evening will feature a 50-50 drawing, door prizes and live entertainment with Michael Hoover’s “Tribute to Elvis.”
The rain date is Aug. 5.
For more information, contact Steve Shifflett at 703/971-8455 or send e-mail to www.princewilliamcruisers.bizland.com.
Jet car to ‘fly’ at Air Force show
The Air Force Reserve will show off a car that can really fly, well almost, this weekend at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Wash.
The jet car, which uses a Westinghouse J-34 jet engine to accelerate from zero to 400 mph, will create minisonic booms as it roars down a runway at the base tomorrow and Sunday during an air expo, according to UPI. The car can produce 10,000 horsepower and nearly 6,000 pounds of thrust at full throttle. The engine originally was made for the North American Buckeye T-2A aircraft.
During the demonstration, the jet car will race a plane in flight. The car will then be slowed by a parachute, which hits the driver with 11 Gs of negative force.
Chrysler Club show scheduled for Aug. 7
The 14th annual “Chrysler Product Owners Club Car Show” will be held Aug. 7 at Manassas Chrysler-Jeep in Northern Virginia.
The show, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to all Chrysler products, past and present, including Dodge, DeSoto, Imperial and Plymouth, as well as all AMC/Jeep/Eagle vehicles. However, street rods are excluded. Admission is free.
The dealership is located at 8100 Centerville Road (Route 28) in Manassas. Take Interstate 66 west to Exit 53A.
For more information, call Bill Loewy at 301/762-9234 or Joe Coyle at 301/656-9579.
Volvo will road test erratic-driver guard
Volvo has come up with a possible deterrent to drunken driving and has asked the Swedish government for permission to test it on inebriated motorists.
The Swedish automaker is developing a system designed to respond when a drunken or tired person drives dangerously, according to UPI.
“We have a development project to take forward a system which will tell you if you are not in suitable condition to drive,” said spokesman Christer Gustafsson. “It’s not just if you are drunk — it could also be in the case of illness or if, for example, you are tired.”
Times show slated for Sept. 4 this year
The 17th “Out of the Past Revue,” hosted by The Washington Times, will be held this year on Sept. 4 at the Spring Hill Recreation Center in McLean.
The show field is open only to vehicles that have appeared in Vern Parker’s “Out of the Past” column in the AutoWeekend section.
The free event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., with winning vehicles chosen by popular vote of those attending.
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 number 202/832-2167. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication on Friday.