- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 12, 2006

Cycle show revs up for convention center

The Cycle World International Motorcycle Show is at the Washington Convention Center today through Sunday with enough 2006 models to satisfy any enthusiast.

The event will showcase hundreds of street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, ATVs, concept bikes, customs and vintage bikes.

In addition to the offerings of 15 manufacturers, the exhibition will feature chopper builders and a motorcycle stunt show.

For the first time, cycle riders will perform synchronized stunts on a specially built “quarter pipe.”

Tricks on a quarter pipe usually are done by skateboarders and BMX riders.

Youngsters can be entertained at the Kids Cycle Center, a scaled-down version of the show with displays such as small-displacement bikes and ATVs as well as pint-sized apparel and helmets.

Local youth events and riding safety information also will be available.

Hours for the show are: today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Washington Convention Center is located at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

For ticket and other information, visit www.motorcycleshows.com on the Internet.

Honda sweeps titles for car, truck of year

Two vehicles made by the same company were chosen as car and truck of the year at the North American International Auto Show press preview Sunday in Detroit.

The choice of the Honda Civic sedan and Ridgeline pickup marked the first time in the 12-year history of the show, which opens to the public tomorrow, that one manufacturer prevailed.

The winning models were chosen by a group of 49 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada.

Finalists had to be new or substantially redesigned from the previous model. More than 50 cars and trucks were eligible.

The two other finalists for car of the year were the Ford Fusion and the Pontiac Solstice.

The Ford Explorer and the Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicles were the other two truck finalists, the Associated Press reported.

Auto show slated for late January

The Washington Auto Show will be in town Jan. 24 through 29.

The annual exhibit will be held at the Washington Convention Center with a variety of new vehicles, contests and activities for individuals and families.

Show hours will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day except Jan. 25 (3 p.m.) and Jan. 29 (6 p.m.).

Admission fees will be $10 for adults (seniors $8) and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 get in free.

“Government days” are Jan. 24-25. Adults showing a government ID will be admitted for half price.

For more information, call 866/WASH-AUTO or 202/237-7200 or visit www.washingtonautoshow.com on the Internet.

Mariner wins title of ‘Green Car of Year’

The Mercury Mariner Hybrid sport utility vehicle was named “2006 Green Car of the Year” last week at the LosAngeless Auto Show.

The first winner of the award was determined by an 11-member panel of internationaljurorss including automotive legends Carroll Shelby and Mario Andretti and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau.

The award recognizes leadership in the automotive industry.

The jury included Green Car Journal staffers as well as specialists in transportation technology, automotive design, racing, environmental protection and other related fields.

Ford has announced that, in addition to the Mariner, it will have four other hybrids on the road by 2008: the Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and the Mazda Tribute.

Midas will reward longest U.S. commute

Midas wants to know who has “America’s Longest Commute.” To publicize the auto maintenance company’s 50th year, it is conducting a contest until Feb. 6 to find the person who drives the farthest to work in the United States.

The grand prize winner will receive free maintenance for one year and $10,000 in gas money.

Two additional winners will be awarded a Midas “care package for a long commute.”

Interested commuters can enter by visiting www.midas.com. 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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