- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2007

Ocean City hosts auction, car show

This weekend, Ocean City Convention Center is holding a collector car and motorcycle auction featuring cars tomorrow and cars and motorcycles on Sunday.

For those who enjoy collecting cars and restoring them, there will be a classic and collector car show also taking place at the convention center.

The show is billed as being for the person who takes pride in a car that looks the way it did in the era that it was built. There will be lots of sponsor awards along with the top 10 spectator selection.

For classic car show information, call 410/798-6304 or send e-mail to infoevent@aol.com.

Those interested in the collector car and motorcycle auction should visit www.occollectorcars.com or call Express Auctioneers at 410/243-9999 or 443/807-8883.

Chicago show revs up today through Feb. 18

The Chicago Auto Show runs from today through Feb. 18 at the renovated McCormick Place venue downtown.

Twenty or so vehicles are scheduled for debut at this 2007 show, which is traditionally the site of introductions for production cars rather than concept vehicles. But many of the concept cars first seen at this year’s Detroit and Los Angeles auto shows should be on display.

McCormick Place’s 1.3 million square feet of exhibit space enables the car manufacturers to present very comprehensive displays. Jeep’s indoor test track, for example, will feature a winter hill climb.

The new vehicles are expected to include:

• 2007 BMW Alpina B7: The Alpina nameplate is introduced to the United States with this supercharged special edition of the BMW 7 Series sedan.

• 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: This is the special, lightweight version of the high-performance GT3, a limited-production version of Porsche’s 911 racing car.

• Nissan: Some bodywork revisions for Nissan’s big trucks — including the Titan pickup, Armada sport utility vehicle and Pathfinder SUV — will be introduced.

• 2008 Saturn Astra: The Astra is the newest Saturn, a replacement for the slow-selling Ion. A derivative of the Opel Astra, this German-designed hatchback continues Saturn’s move toward adopting a European-style identity.

• 2008 Scion xB and 2008 Scion xD: Scion has announced the introduction of its replacements for the innovative xB box-on-wheels and the frequently overlooked xA hatchback sedan.

• 2008 Pontiac G8: General Motors has reworked the Holden platform from Australia; expect a full-size, rear-wheel-drive car for the Pontiac lineup.

• 2008 Volkswagen R32: Sold in the U.S. from 2003 to 2005, the all-wheel-drive version of the GTI returns with an Autobahn-tuned chassis and a luxury interior.

For more information, call 630/495-2282, or visit www.chicagoautoshow.com on the Internet.

Tulsa to unearth Plymouth in June

It might not be in the best of condition after a half-century.

On June 15, 1957, a brand-new gold-and-white 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe was buried in a time capsule in downtown Tulsa, Okla.

The capsule was part of Golden Jubilee Week: Tulsa’s celebration of Oklahoma’s semicentennial. The car will be unearthed as part of the Oklahoma Centennial festivities on June 15.

According to event Chairman Lewis Roberts Jr., the Plymouth was chosen because it was “an advanced product of American industrial ingenuity with the kind of lasting appeal that will still be in style 50 years from now.”

For more information about the centennial, visit www.buriedcar.com.

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