- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 29, 2006

Show, picnic planned at Trolley Museum

The Chrysler Products Owners Club is sponsoring a car show Sunday at the Trolley Museum in suburban Maryland.

The informal event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is built around enjoying a day at the museum on Bonifant Road in Montgomery County.

Participants do not have to show a car, but they are asked to bring a pot-luck dish, side dish or a dessert.

Burgers, hot dogs and sodas are provided by the club. For more information, call Bill Loewy at 301/762-9234.

Hyundai in top spot in nonpremium quality

Hyundai has taken over as the No. 1 nonpremium brand for new-vehicle quality in the United States, according to a survey by J.D. Power and Associates. The Korean automaker edged out Toyota, the Japanese automaker whose reputation for quality has shaken up Detroit’s dominance in the United States.

Overall, Hyundai is No. 3 in this year’s report behind No. 1 Porsche and No. 2 Lexus, which is Toyota’s luxury brand.

Last year, Hyundai ranked 11th in the survey.

Antique vehicle show July 4th in Vienna

The town of Vienna is preparing for its annual July 4th Celebration & Antique Car and Motorcycle Show from noon to 4 p.m. on the national holiday.

The event will be held at the Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and the field will be limited to 30 cars and 30 bikes.

Due to limited space, this event, which has no classes and no judging, is open only to cars and cycles dating no later than 1981.

There is no registration fee, but preregistration is required. The deadline is today. All entry owners will receive a participant award. A “people’s choice” award will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

The Fourth of July celebration will include entertainment, arts and crafts, food, games, rides and a 9:15 p.m. fireworks display.

For more information, call Keith Fees at 703/255-6352.

Sheriff’s Ranch plans roundup in Frederick

The second annual Roundup at the Ranch will be held July 15 at the Maryland Sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Frederick.

Trophies will be awarded to the top 35 cars, top five street rods, top 10 trucks and top three motorcycles as judged by youths at the ranch.

The six-hour event begins at 9 a.m. with registration, which costs $10. Spectators are invited to give donations.

In addition to the judging, there will be food, music, a 50-50 raffle and door prizes.

There also will be a special demonstration by the Frederick County K9 and Motorcycle Patrol.

For more information and directions, contact Larry at 301/447-3058 or Dave at 301/570-2077.

Honda will build new plant in Indiana

Honda this week announced plans to build a $550 million auto plant on 1,700 acres in Decatur County, Ind., near Greensburg and about 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

The plant will begin mass production of fuel-efficient, four-cylinder vehicles in the fall of 2008, with an annual production capacity of 200,000 vehicles.

It is expected to employ 2,000.

It will be Honda’s sixth auto plant and 14th major plant overall in North America.

It is expected to boost the company’s North American production from 1.4 million units to more than 1.6 million units in 2008.

Orphan car show set for July 15

The DeSoto Owners Club of Maryland is planning an orphan car show for July 15 in Taneytown, Md.

The show is billed as a salute to cars whose parent company no longer exists. Orphans include such names as Auburn, Bantam, Cord, Crosley, DeSoto, Durant, Flint, Frazier, Graham, Hudson, Hupmobile, Jorden, Kaiser, LaSalle, Marmon, Nash, Overland, Packard, Peerless, Pierce-Arrow, Rambler, Studebaker, Stutz and Willys.

Registration ($10) is limited to the first 60 cars for this rain-or-shine event at 3959 Old Taneytown Road, which is the Pipe Creek Trading Co. It is free to the public.

In addition to the cars, there will be picnic food, music and a 50-50 raffle. For more information, call 410/239-7071.

Springfield invites ‘Cruisers’ each week

Every Sunday through Sept. 24 a “Cruise-In” is being held at the Silver Diner in Springfield from 6 to 9 p.m.

All vehicle makes and models from 1900 through 1977, including hot rods, are welcome to participate.

The diner is located just off Interstate 95 at the Springfield Mall.

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.

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