- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 5, 2007

Southern Knights plan car and cycle show

The Southern Knights Rod & Custom Car Club will hold its 20th annual Coming Out Car and Bike Show April 15 in Charlotte Hall, Md.

There will be awards for the top 40 vehicles and top five motorcycles, with several special category awards, too. Registration is 8:30 a.m. to noon. Admission will be $3 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free.

There will be door prizes, a raffle and a flea market. Plus, food will be available. All proceeds will go to charity, according to the sponsor.

For more information, including directions to the Southern Maryland site, call Wade Coates at 301/645-2645 or Bill Bushey at 301/274-3860.

Souped-up patrol cars prowl Va. highways

The Virginia State Police have a new set of high-powered wheels in their patrol fleet, the Associated Press reports.

The new 340-horsepower Dodge Chargers can go from zero to 60 mph in about 6 seconds.Officials say many of the 32 Chargers have been placed along busy parts of Interstates 95 and 81.

Trooper Helms Jaime is one of the Virginia troopers assigned to the department’s new high-performance patrol car.

He and other troopers who are driving the Chargers were trained at Fort Pickett. They learned to maneuver the high-performance vehicles at high speeds. Trooper Jaime said he drove the Charger as fast as 135 mph during the session.

The trooper’s Charger doesn’t bear the department’s logo or have lights on the top, the better for him to nab people driving at high speeds.

New York auto show opens to public today

The New York International Automobile Show begins today with a public sneak preview and continues through April 15.

It is being held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on 11th Avenue between 34th and 39th streets in the city.

Call the auto show hot line at 800/282-3336 for recorded information only.

‘Knight Rider’ car selling for $150,000

One of the cars that served as actor David Hasselhoff’s futuristic fast-talking ride named KITT in the 1980s series “Knight Rider” went on sale Monday, the seller said.

The sticker price on the ebony 1982 Pontiac Trans Am is $149,995 at Kassabian Motors in Dublin, Calif., about 25 miles southeast of San Francisco, Agence France-Presse reports.

Its dashboard is festooned with lights and a welter of buttons. Flashing red lights snake to and fro on the hood, supposedly evoking radar.

The talking car KITT, short for “Knight Industries Two Thousand,” played part friend, part crime-fighting sidekick to Mr. Hasselhoff, who played Michael Knight in the “Knight Rider” series, shown from 1982 to 1986 in the United States.

“Come take Michael Knight’s place behind the wheel of one of the most famous cars in history!” the seller’s Web site proclaims.

Among its lesser-known assets, the two-door coupe has 2,393 original miles, a stunt brake switch, two television sets and original interior fabric.

It is the “one of only four surviving T-top cars from the series,” according to the seller.

Hyundai to build second engine plant

Hyundai Motor Co. will invest $270 million to build its second engine plant in the United States, according to Bloomberg News.

Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. are seeking to double their market share by 2010. The factory in Montgomery, Ala., will produce 2.4-liter engines for Hyundai’s assembly plant, which also is in the same town as the Kia plant now under construction.

Hyundai Motor Co. opened a $1.1 billion car factory in Montgomery in 2005 to raise sales in the world’s biggest auto market.

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