- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 26, 2006

Auto show ends on Sunday night

The Washington Auto Show is in town through Sunday.

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

Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, and until 6 p.m. Sunday.

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

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

Alexandria car show sets entry deadline

The application deadline is Feb. 13 for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Classic Car Show in Alexandria.

The show begins at 8:30 a.m. 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 car competition will be limited to 50.

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

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

Chicago show set at McCormick Place

Car buffs who don’t get enough of the latest wheels at the Washington Auto Show this week can attend the Chicago Auto Show Feb. 10-19.

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.

Midas still looking for longest commute

Midas until Feb, 6 wants to know who has “America’s Longest Commute.”

To publicize the auto maintenance company’s 50th year, it is conducting a contest 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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