- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 2, 2005

St. Patrick’s car show set for Alexandria

Alexandria’s “St. Patrick’s Day Parade Invitational Classic Car Show” is scheduled tomor-row 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. The application deadline has passed.

To obtain more car show information, call the Ballyshaners Inc. hot line at 703/237-2199.

New York City to host huge car show

“The 2005 New York International Auto Show” will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in the city from March 25 to April 3.

In addition to world-class introductions, the show will feature almost 1,000 car models for ‘05, ‘06 and ‘07.

Tickets are on sale at www.autoshowNY.com on the Internet.

Admission is $12 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

A discount of $1 per ticket is available for groups or 10 or more adults.

The show times are: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and both Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Sundays.

For more information, call 718/746-5300, ext. 242.

VW Touareg climbs to record height

The Volkswagen Touareg has been entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for climbing nearly 20,000 feet in Chile to set an altitude record for vehicles.

On Jan. 29, an expedition team in a standard Touareg overcame icy wind and a lack of oxygen on the lunarlike landscape of Ojos del Salado, the world highest volcano, to set the record.

Mercedes-Benz again offering scholarships

Mercedes-Benz is offering $1 million in scholarship funding to students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Now in its second year, the “Drive Your Future” program was created in collaboration with Scholarship America.

It is part of a broader philanthropic initiative to educate and empower future generations by helping young people reach their potential and become leaders of their generation, according to the sponsor.

The program will give one-time $2,000 scholarships to 500 high school seniors across the country who show financial need as well as exceptional achievement in academic performance, leadership and school and community activities.

Interested first-generation college scholars can visit www.mbusa.com/drivefuture to get an application. The deadline is March 31. Winners will be announced in May.

Honda develops motorcycle navigator

A Honda Motor Co. subsidiary is planning to sell a motorcycle navigation system in Japan starting in April.

The system, designed to be installed on handlebars, was developed jointly by Honda Access and three other companies, including map maker Zenrin Co.

Honda gave no word on when or if the system will be sold in the United States.

Nissan will sellbonds for growth

Nissan Motor Co. will issue bonds for the first time in the United States this month with a public offering to expand its North American operations, a Japanese newspaper reported.

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun said the Nissan Acceptance Corp., a U.S. unit of the automaker, will raise $750 million through a five-year bond primarily to strengthen Nissan’s auto-financing business.

Citigroup Inc. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. will serve as co-managers, the paper reported.


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