- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2007

Pontiac show offers $500 cash prize

An all-Pontiac car show is planned for Sunday at a dealership in Westminster, Md. The owner of the vehicle selected as “dealer’s choice” will receive a $500 cash prize.

The show will have judging in a total of 16 classes, with three plaques awarded per class. Registration will cost $15 the day of the show, but spectators will be admitted free.

The Royal GTOs club and Bohn Pontiac are sponsoring the event, which will be held at the dealership, 1071 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster.

For additional information, contact Timothy Sickle at 301/249-3830 or visit the club’s Web site at www.royalgtos.com.

Back to Bethesda set Oct. 6

The 17th annual Come Back to Bethesda car, truck and motorcycle show is scheduled for Oct. 6 at a dealer.

In addition to the judging for trophies, there will be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, clowns and games for children. Chevy Chase Cars, 7725 Wisconsin Ave., is hosting the 11 a.m.-to-4 p.m. event. Registration is $18 the day of the show. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

For more information, call Ron Evanish at 301/657-4000, Ext. 1122, or visit www.backto bethesda.org on the Internet.

Soldiers’ home show planned for Oct. 7

The 50th annual Antique Auto Assembly will be held Oct. 7 at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington.

The day starts with free coffee at 8 a.m. Registration commences at 9 a.m. Judging begins at 11 a.m.

The annual Model-T assembly demonstration is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Award presentations and a caravan drive-by will begin at 12:30. Entertainment and refreshments will be available.

The main entry gate to the home is at Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street (Eagle Gate).

Rockville show planned Oct. 20

The Rockville Antique & Classic Car Show will be held Oct. 20 at Glenview Mansion in the Civic Center Park.

Registration will be $15, with vehicles from 1920 and earlier admitted free. The show runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 27.

In addition to judging, there will be a flea market and car sales during the day. Spectators get in free.

For more information, call 240/314-5004 or visit www.rock villemd.gov on the Internet.

Alexandria cruise-in runs until November

A cruise-in is being held every Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. through October in the parking lot of the Giant Food store at Richmond Highway and Memorial Street in Alexandria.

For more information, contact Dwight at 202/368-0305.

U.S. buyers show more satisfaction

U.S. car buyers appear to be more satisfied with their purchases than ever, despite some quality stumbles by Asian brands, according to a recent survey.

The consumer satisfaction rate for vehicles rose one point this year to a score of 82 out of 100, a record in the 12-year history American Customer Satisfaction Index. Toyota and Lexus had a score of 87. Other top performers were BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercury brands, according to the Associated Press.

Weekend cruise-ins at Silver Diners

Antique and classic car cruise-ins are being held Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Silver Diner in Reston and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Silver Diner in Springfield.

Vehicles from 1900 to 1977 are invited to participate at both locations through October.

The Reston event is at 11951 Killingsworth Ave. Call 703/742-0801 for more information.

The Springfield event is at 6592 Springfield Mall. Call 703/924-1701.

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