- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2005

‘Great Race’ begins from U.S. Capitol

Tomorrow’s 23rd annual “Great Race” will begin on the West Side of the U.S. Capitol, with about 100 antique cars in the running.

The event, free to the public, memorializes a 1908 race to Paris that began in New York City.

This competition is a time-speed-distance road rally across America in 14 days to Tacoma, Wash., for autos manufactured at least 45 years ago. The purse is $250,000.

The race starts at 11:30 a.m. from Pennsylvania Avenue and Third Street NW on Capitol Hill.

Corvette club holds 2nd annual cruise-in

The Frederick County Corvette Club is hosting its second annual cruise-in tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. in Urbana, Md.

The rain-or-shine event is open to all brands of autos. First-, second- and third-place trophies will be presented.

The show site is the Cracked Claw at the Peter Pan, where Route 355 (Urbana Pike) and Route 80 intersect. From Interstate 270, take Exit 26 to Urbana.

Reston show planned at shopping center

Hunters Woods Village Center in Reston will host a car show July 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A variety of vehicles are invited to compete for trophies, including custom and vintage cars as well as hot rods, trucks, roadsters and motorcycles.

The event will be held rain or shine at the center, located at Glade Drive and Colts Neck Road in Reston. Registration, which costs $10, will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

During the day, stores at the center will give away prizes to winners of car trivia contests.

For more information, call Monique Johnson at 703/903-8631, ext. 23.

Car donation rules still more restrictive

The guidance about charitable deductions for vehicle donations released by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service on June 3 does not roll back the new, more stringent rules, a close reading reveals.

A news service item in the June 17 Auto Notes erroneously stated that fair market value — so-called Blue Book value — had been reinstated.

“The AJCA does provide some limited exceptions under which a donor may claim a fair market value deduction,” says the June 3 news release on the Treasury Department’s Web site.

The American Jobs Creation Act (AJCA), which became law on Jan. 1, mandated that prospective donors could deduct for tax purposes only the amount of the actual subsequent sale price of a vehicle given to charity.

For a full explanation of the limited exceptions allowed under the new law, see the Treasury Department’s Web site at http:/www.ustreas.gov/press/releases/js2484.htm on the Internet.

All-Pontiac show set Sunday in Greenbelt

An all-Pontiac car show will be held Sunday at Capitol Buick Cadillac GMC in Greenbelt from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with judging in 14 classes.

The event is being sponsored jointly by the dealership and the Royal GTOs. In addition to trophies, a $500 cash prize will be awarded to the dealer’s best-of-show winner.

Spectators will be admitted free. Registration for judging is $12, rising to $15 the day of the show. Registered car owners will be provided a barbecue lunch at no extra charge.

For more information, call Don Crimmins at 301/490-7970 or visit the GTO club’s Web site at https://royalgtos.com.

Mercedes reinstitutes High Mileage Award

The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center has re-established its High Mileage Award to recognize owners’ brand loyalty and their cars’ durability.

The award is available free to Mercedes owners who have logged at least 155,000 miles. Nearly 3,000 owners have downloaded the award application since it became available March 1 at www.mbusa.com/classic Web site. After completing the form, an owner must take the car to a Mercedes-Benz dealer for odometer verification.

In addition to a badge for the car’s grille, the owner will receive a presentation folio with a High Mileage Award certificate.

The current mileage champion, according to Mercedes-Benz, is Gregorios Sachinidis, a Greek taxi driver who has more than 2.8 million miles on his 1976 Mercedes 240D.

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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