- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Deale accents show with bluegrass, food

The Deale Merchants Association’s annual car show will be held tomorrow on the grounds of Herrington Harbour North Marina at Tracy’s Landing.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and judging starts at 11:30 a.m. In addition to trophies, the event in Anne Arundel County, Md., will offer bluegrass music and food throughout the day. For more information, call 410/867-6909 or visit www.DealeMerchants.com.

Chrysler judging set at Virginia dealership

The Chrysler Product Owners Club is hosting a show tomorrow at Leesburg Chrysler-Dodge in Virginia.

Registration is free and open to all vehicles built by Chrysler and related manufacturers. But street rods do not qualify.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the dealership, located at 219 Catoctin Circle in Leesburg.

Trophies will be awarded following the end of judging at 3 p.m.

For more information, call Bill Loewy at 301/762-9234 or Joe Coyle at 301/656-9579.

Ford-Mustang show set in Leesburg, Va.

The National Capital Region Mustang Club is hosting a show Sunday at Jerry’s Ford in Leesburg, Va.

The event, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature judged classes for Mustangs and participant-vote classes for all other Ford products.

The rain date is Sept. 25. For more information, call Allen at 703/590-2651 or visit the Web site at www.ncrmc.org.

Panel selects best UK road

A committee of British race drivers and auto writers has decided that the place to have the most blissful driving experience is a lonely stretch of road in Scotland, UPI reported.

The panel selected 10 miles of the A708 road between Moffat and Selkirk for the best driving in the United Kingdom. The road crosses rolling countryside along the Yarrow River in Dumfries and Galloway, south of Glasgow.

Second on their list was the A481 road in Wales between Radnor and Builth Wells. The panel spent a month trying out roads before making their selection.

All-makes show slated Sept. 24 in Maryland

Hospice Caring of Frederick County and Damascus Chevrolet are presenting the sixth annual “Showdown in Damascus” on Sept. 24. The event is open to all makes and models, with more than 70 awards to be presented.

There will be a $10 fee for registration from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Spectators will be admitted free. The judging ends at 4 p.m.

The show location is 26100 Woodfield Road (Route 124) in Damascus. For more information and directions, call coordinator Mark Hipsley at 202/363-1732.

Honda introduces new Civic in U.S.

Honda rolled out the 2006 Civic in the United States last week, well ahead of its introduction in other parts of the world.

The Japanese car company says the new sedan and coupe models are equipped with a 1.8-liter engine whose fuel efficiency has been improved by 6 percent, compared with that of the previous models.

A new electric-gasoline hybrid model will be added to the Civic lineup in October.

Prices for the gas-powered Civics will start at $14,360 for the coupe and $14,560 for the sedan — 4 percent higher than previous models.

The new Civic will be introduced in Japan in late September.

Lucketts invites families to show

Lucketts 2005, which bills itself as “an antique and classic auto show for the whole family,” will be held Sept. 25 in the Virginia town of the same name.

In addition to judging in 23 classes, there will be parts and supplies for sale, a flea market and a car corral.

Registration at the gate will cost $10. General admission will be $5. Seniors can pay $3 and children under 12 will be admitted free.

For more information, call 703/771-5281 or visit the Web site at www.lucketts.org.

Laptop being made to go with Hummers

General Motors is offering a laptop tough enough to be used with its Hummer sport utility vehicles.

The automaker has signed a deal with Itronix to make a laptop for those who work in rough conditions, such as public safety officers and construction workers, UPI reports.

The laptop also will be offered to customers who like the rugged Hummer brands. Selling for about $3,000, it reportedly will have shock-resistant padding and be fortified against water, heat and cold.

GM says the laptop will come in colors and be available at any dealership that sells Hummer products.

26th annual MG show slated for Sept. 24

The 26th annual “MGs on the Rocks” car show will be held Sept. 24 in Harford County, Md.

The registration fee will be $15 for entry to the show field at Rocks State Park, which opens at 9 a.m. Spectators will be admitted for $2 and children under 12 get in free.

Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. to the top three cars in each class. The rain-or-shine show is open to all British cars.

For more information, call Richard Liddick at 410/817-6862 or Mike Lutz at 410/592-8610. The Web site is www.mgsofbaltimore.com.

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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