- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 16, 2006

Goodyear looking for highway heroes

Goodyear’s 24th annual North America Highway Hero program is seeking nominations for the award through Nov. 30.

The program is defined by the tire company as “a search for truck drivers who keep the nation’s economy moving with daily commerce and who come to the rescue of fellow motorists.”

To be nominated, the following criteria must be met:

• Nominee must be a full-time truck driver.

• He or she must be a resident of the United States or Canada.

• Incident recognized must have occurred in the U.S. or Canada.

• Nominee must have been on the job or on the way to or from work, and riding in his or her rig at the time of the incident.

• Nominee’s truck used during incident must have had 14 or more wheels.

• Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2005, and this Nov. 15 to qualify.

Nomination forms and program details can be obtained by calling the Goodyear Highway Hero hot line at 330/796-8183. The Web site is at www.goodyear.com/truck/whatsnew/heroes.

Try BookFinder.com for car information

The Internet can come to the rescue of auto enthusiasts looking for hard-to-find books and other material on the subject.

Try the online book search engine www.BookFinder.com.

BookFinder is a free service that scans an estimated 40 million books on any subject and connects searchers with a network of thousands of booksellers.

“Shoppers can order directly from the bookseller of their choice,” says Anirvan Chatterjee, founder of the service.

The young entrepreneur developed BookFinder.com in 1996 as a class project at the University of California at Berkeley.

Touting the value of his service to auto enthusiasts, Mr. Chatterjee says: “You may not be able to afford a vintage vehicle, but you can always read about it.”

Find out about giving a vehicle to charity

People wishing to donate a vehicle to charity for tax purposes can still do so, but with a lower limit on the value actually claimed.

Until June of last year, donors could cite the industry Blue Book value when giving a vehicle to charity. But the federal government tightened up its rules.

Now $500 is the most a donor can claim initially. If the charity sells the vehicle at auction for more money, it notifies the donor for tax purposes. Donated vehicles with a value of more than $5,000 require an independent appraisal.

Most important: Donors who want an income-tax deduction for a vehicle must get a validating receipt from the charity of their choice.

For more information, call the IRS at 800/829-3676 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. weekdays or go online at www.irs.ustreas.gov. Search for “deducting vehicle donations.”

The government also provides A Donor’s Guide to Car Donations (IRS Publication 4303).

There are still plenty of organizations looking for donated vehicles. A list can be found on the Internet at America’s Car Donation Charity Center at wwwdonateacar.com.

Mail items of interest to Auto Notes, care of Bill O’Brien, The Washington Times Copy Desk, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Or send items of interest via e-mail to [email protected]washingtontimes.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before the date of publication.

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