- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 23, 2005

35th Sugarloaf meet begins today

The 35th annual “Antique Auto Parts Meet and Auction,” hosted by the Sugarloaf Mountain Region, AACA, is being held today and tomorrow at the fairgrounds in Frederick, Md.

The indoor-outdoor event attracted almost 250 vendors last year.

Doors open at 6 a.m. both days and the auction starts at noon tomorrow.

Food will be available, including breakfast, lunch, soups and desserts.

For more information about registration, directions and fees, contact Robert Clubb at 301/831-0300, or 301/428-0084.

You can also send e-mail to [email protected] or visit the Web site at smrantiqueautoclub.com.

BMW brings 3 Series to Washington April 1

BMW will give District-area residents a sneak peek at its new 3 Series on April 1 at the National Geographic Building at 1145 17th St. NW.

The event, from noon to 2 p.m., is part of the carmaker’s “3 Across America” tour.

For 44 days, the BMW 3 Series and a convoy of heritage BMWs will visit 20 cities coast to coast.

On April 1, the caravan will stop in the District with five new vehicles (three 330i and two 325i) as well as five heritage ones (2002Tii, 320i, 325i, 325is and M3) — earlier models from which the new 3 Series has evolved.

For more information about the event, which is free, go to www.3acrossamerica.com on the Internet.

Miniature car show scheduled April 3

The Capital Miniature Auto Collectors Club is sponsoring a show April 3 at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire House Community Hall in Northern Virginia.

Minis of all makes, models and scales made from various materials will be on display and for sale, and there will be three door-prize drawings.

The show, at 2148 Gallows Road, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $5.

Children under age 12 are admitted free.

For more information, call James W. Brostrom at 703/941-0373 or send e-mail to [email protected]

New York City hosting international show

“The 2005 New York International Auto Show” is at the Jacob Javits Center in the city today through April 3.

In addition to world-class introductions, the show features 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.

‘Spring Dust Off’ set in Northern Virginia

The Capitol City Rockets club is planning its annual spring meet for April 10 in Manassas.

The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the Burger King parking lot at 10991 Nokesville Road. Call 703/392-0017 for directions.

The meet is open to a variety of vehicles, including hot rods and cruisers.

For more information, contact Dick Brown at 703/569-3240 or Jeff Neischel at 703/895-5202.

‘Mongol Rally’ slated for July in London

The promotional material calls it “the greatest adventure in the world.” Inaugurated last year, it’s more formally known as the “Mongol Rally.”

The challenge of the rally is to travel a quarter of the way around the world, from London to Mongolia, in any junker of a car that has a maximum 1-liter engine.

This year’s rally begins July 30.

The race covers 8,000 miles. It ends in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, about three weeks later.

The route is divided into three legs that vary in length, with an optional layover for rest at the completion of each one.

The rally has few rules, which is its most appealing feature to those who accept the challenge. Each car can have only two occupants.

For good progress, the drivers must spell each other sleeping while staying on the move. There are hotels along the way, but teams who stop can fall hopelessly behind.

Of course, one objective of this race can be just to finish it. Off-road driving takes on a whole new meaning.

Self-reliance is the watchword of the rally. There are no backup teams to pick up those who break down.

And the organizers specifically do not guarantee any team’s arrival in Mongolia’s capital.

Indeed, the Web site for the event wryly declares: “Traveling light is the order of the day. You want to be as unladen as possible, so if you have to swap your broken car for a bicycle in the middle of the desert, you can carry on without much difficulty.”

The rally is a charity event, with each team obliged to raise $1,900 to be donated to somehow aptly named Send a Cow, an organization based in Bath, England.

Rally sponsors say the group works against poverty in Africa by supplying poor rural communities with livestock, training and advice on self-reliance.

Mongol Rally, the organization, is described as a nonprofit one run by volunteers.

For additional information, visit www.mongolrally.com on the Internet. The rally motto is: “What will you do this summer?”

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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