- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 7, 2005

Chrysler show runsat Carlisle venue

The “All-Chrysler Nationals” is being held in Carlisle, Pa., today through Sunday at the 82-acre fairgrounds complex.

The all-Mopar event includes a judged show field, swap meet, car corral and food. The show is an anniversary celebration of the Chrysler 300 series.

Admission is $8 today and Sunday, and $9 tomorrow with children under 12 admitted free.

On-grounds parking costs $10 per day.

For more information, visit www.carsatcarlisle.com on the Internet.

Driving research findscell phones hazardous

Cell phones can distract drivers in a fatal ways, according to recent research.

A team from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studied 100 drivers for a year.

They found that the use of cell phones while driving precipitated many crashes and near misses.

Use of devices such as headsets or voice-activated dialing led to longer dialing times than for those using handheld phones.

Jeff Greenberg, director of Ford Motor Co.’s driving simulator stated: “The preponderance of evidence suggests that long conversations while driving impair your ability to react to events.”

Show invitesvariety of vehicles

The National Capital Regional Group of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America will hold its 15th annual car show Sunday at the Longwood Community Center in Brookeville, Md.

The event, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., welcomes all makes and years of vehicles including antiques, rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles.

In addition to the judged event, there will be a flea market, vendors, drawings, door prizes and refreshments.

Spectator admission and parking are free.

For more information, call Sandi Zimmermann at 410/560-0237 or Florann Sordillo at 410/239-7484.

Toyota to withdrawin open-wheel racing

Toyota has announced that after 12 years of open-wheel racing in the United States, the company will withdraw from the sport after the 2006 Indy Racing League season.

Toyota will not be participating as an engine supplier to either of the major open-wheel sanctioning bodies in the United States after that year.

“This was simply a decision to move in a different direction after having our major U.S. motorsports emphasis on open-wheel racing since 1994,” said J. Davis Illingworth, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. senior vice president. “Just as our participation in IMSA sports car racing ran its course after 12 years of participation, so has our U.S. open-wheel racing program after 12 years in the IRL and CART.”

The decision to withdraw from open-wheel racing will not affect either the IndyCar Series engine development program for the remainder of 2005 or the 2006 season or any of the current contracts that Toyota has with individual teams.

Cougar club hostsshow in Fairfax

Mercury Cougars from the late 1960s and early ‘70s will be on display at a show hosted by the Delmarva Cougar Club and Cougar Club of America today through Sunday. The event is being held at the Hyatt Fair Lakes Hotel in Fairfax.

It will include a gathering of limited production models associated with professional driver Dan Gurney. The show welcomes all owners of Cougars from any era up to the present.

A total of 26 classes will be judged. Spectators will be admitted free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

For more information, call Jim Karamanis at 703/491-8710 or Barry Reichenbaugh at 703/354-2530, or visit the Delmarva Cougar Club Web site at www.dcconline.org.

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.

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