- The Washington Times - Friday, July 20, 2007

Corvette club hosts pig roast, car show

The Corvette Friends 3rd Annual Pig Roast will be held tomorrow in Frederick, Md.

The cost is $5 a person for the event, which will be held at 3161 Flint Hill Road (Hideaway Farm). Proceeds will support the group’s T-ball team, dance troop and turkey giveaway at Thanksgiving.

Trophies will be awarded for people’s choice, drivers’ choice and all-around crowd favorite at the event, which runs from 1 p.m. till 6 p.m. There also will be music, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. The rain date is July 28.

From Washington, go north on Interstate 270 toward Frederick. Take Exit 26 to Urbana/Buckeystown. Turn right on state Route 80 west on Fingerboard Road. Then turn left on Flint Hill Road.

DeSoto car event running in Maryland

The annual DeSoto National Convention, Events and Car Show is being held this week through Sunday.

Several events, including a driving tour of Southern Maryland and historic St. Mary’s City, were scheduled.

Convention headquarters are in Waldorf, Md. The car show is scheduled for tomorrow at the Brandywine Lion’s Club Field in Cheltenham, 11545 Cherry Tree Crossing, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will have a swap meet.

For other details, go to the National DeSoto Club site at www.desoto.org.

For car registration information, call Ferd Driver at 410/329-6509.

General information can also be obtained from convention Chairman Lawrence Watt at watt8@comcast.net or assistant Bob Baer at 301/277-8716.

Times show planned for Sept. 2 in McLean

The Out of the Past Revue, hosted by The Washington Times, will be held this year on Sept. 2 at the Spring Hill Recreation Center in McLean.

The free show, held annually, is open only to vehicles that have appeared in Vern Parker’s “Out of the Past” column in the AutoWeekend section.

Spectators can view the antique vehicles on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with winners chosen by popular vote of those attending.

Red-light running getting worse

High red-light violation rates have been recorded at busy intersections with the rate of red-light running increasing at peak travel times, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Red-light running causes about 800 fatalities each year, and about half the people killed aren’t the violators. An additional 165,000 people are estimated to be injured in red-light running each year. Cameras reduce violators, thus preventing collisions, the institute reports.

Protect yourself against whiplash

The August issue of Consumer Reports magazine looks at why many vehicles don’t adequately protect against whiplash injuries.

One of the magazine’s specialists offers advice on how to properly position head restraints and the best ways to prevent whiplash.

Visit www.consumer reports.org for more information. The site includes a graphic about the correct way to adjust head restraints for safety.

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 e-mail to bobrien@washingtontimes.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before the date of publication.

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