- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2006

Baltimore car show at convention center

The Motor Trend International Auto Show pulled up at the Baltimore Convention Center yesterday for a four-day stopover that offers hundreds of cars, trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles for inspection.

A majority of manufacturers are introducing crossover vehicles. The showcase will include the all-new Chevrolet HHR, the Subaru B9 Tribeca and the Mazda5.

In addition to a collection of exotic vehicles, concept cars and classic muscle cars, the show promises appearances by World Wrestling Entertainment diva Torrie Wilson, cartoon favorite SpongeBob SquarePants, comics hero Spider-Man and the Thing of “Fantastic Four” fame

Show hours are today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 410/649-6022 or visit the Web site at www.motortrendautoshows.com/baltimore.

Cars, trucks logging more miles than ever

Passenger cars and light trucks are staying on the road for more miles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Cars are racking up at least 150,000 miles. And most pickups, sport utility vehicles and vans are putting more than 180,000 miles on odometers.

In terms of years, however, cars are lasting longer. SUVs and other light trucks are not holding up as well as in the past.

Chicago show set at McCormick Place

Car buffs who don’t get enough of the latest wheels at the Baltimore auto show this weekend can try to attend the Chicago Auto Show running today through Feb. 19.

The event bills itself as the oldest and largest one in North America.

The 98th edition is being produced by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, which has presented the show since 1935.

It will be held at the McCormick Place South complex, Lake Shore Drive and 23rd Street, in 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space.The show will feature many world and North American vehicle introductions.

The exhibit will show a wide range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks, as well as sport utility vehicles, experimental cars and concept cars.

In all, nearly 1,000 vehicles can be seen at the show. For more information visit www.chicagoautoshow.com on the Internet.

Alexandria car show deadline approaching

The application deadline is Monday for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Classic Car Show in Alexandria.

The show begins at 8:30 a.m. on March 4, with judging starting at 10 a.m.

Only car owners chauffeuring a dignitary will be allowed to drive in the parade.

And because of parade-day time constraints, the total number of participants in the automobile competition will be limited to 50.

All cars must be approved for show entry.

To obtain an application package or for more information, call the Ballyshaners Inc. hot line at 703/237-2199, mailbox No. 2.

A application form also can be found at www.ballyshaners.org on the Internet.

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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