- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 26, 2006

‘Cruise In’ set for Urbana, Md.

The Frederick County Corvette Club is sponsoring an all-vehicle-brands “Cruise In” Sunday in Urbana, Md.

The event — from noon to 4 p.m. — at the Cracked Claw on Route 355 at Urbana Pike and Route 80, off Exit 26 of Interstate 270, will feature trophies for first, second and third places in judging.

Additionally, there will be a trophy for Corvette judging only.

Food will be available all day at the Cracked Claw and a 50-50 raffle drawing is planned.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Aspen Hill is site of free vehicle show

The eighth annual antique, custom, rod, military, motorcycle and special-interest car show is scheduled for Nov. 4 at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center in Montgomery County.

The public can attend for free and there will be no registration fee for those participating in the judging.

Food and beverages will be available at the site, 13661 Connecticut Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Door prizes and live entertainment also are planned. The rain date is Nov. 5.

For more information, call 301/519-2835 or send e-mail to [email protected]

Miniature car show Nov. 5 in Dunn Loring

The Capital Miniature Auto Collectors Club will present its second show of the year Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire House Community Hall in Northern Virginia.

The show consists of about 60 tables of vendors selling miniature autos of all types.

Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 get in free. Models will be awarded as door prizes at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

The show hall is located at 2148 Gallows Road in Dunn Loring.

For more information, contact Jim Brostrom at 703/941-0373 or send e-mail to jwbrost[email protected]

Idling engines damage pyramid in Egypt

Egyptian authorities have banned the idling of vehicles, including tour buses, in Saqqara, southwest of Cairo, because cracks have started to appear on the country’s oldest pyramid there.

“The running of engines has caused the area to experience some shaking, which has in turn caused cracks in the Pyramid of Djoser,” said Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council for Antiquities.

The pyramid, built in the 27th century B.C., is also known as the Step Pyramid.

It is said to be the world’s oldest stone monument building.

The 197-foot-high structure was commissioned by the Pharaoh Djoser, the founder of Egypt’s 3rd Dynasty, for his burial in what was then Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt.

Mr. Hawass warned that anyone caught idling a vehicle engine would be charged with damaging archaeological sites and would face legal action.

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