- The Washington Times - Friday, August 15, 2008

Times show Aug. 31 in Northern Virginia

The 20th Annual Out of the Past Revue will be held at the Spring Hill Recreation Center in McLean. More than 1,000 locally owned antique automobiles are eligible to be on the show field Aug. 31.

The cars have been the subject of the Out of the Past column by Vern Parker that appears every Friday in the AutoWeekend section of The Washington Times.

American LaFrance, Navistar join forces

Navistar International Corp., the world’s fourth-largest truckmaker, said it will jointly develop and build trucks with American LaFrance LLC, according to Bloomberg News.

The vehicles will have a low cab built over the engine and initially will be for the waste and construction industries, said Illinois-based Navistar.

Honda FCX Clarity runs on hydrogen

American Honda Motor is introducing the new hydrogen fuel cell-powered FCX Clarity.

Honda says the FCX Clarity lease program is one more step toward meeting the societal goals of climate stability, renewable energy supplies and zero-emissions transportation.

The car company claims that significant advances over Honda’s previous generation FCX include a 25 percent increase in combined fuel economy to 72 miles per gallon of gas.

Propelled by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated in the fuel cell, the Clarity’s only emission, says Honda, is water and its fuel efficiency is three times that of a modern gasoline-powered automobile.

Use some tips to save gas

The Car Care Council understands the pressure high gas prices is putting on the family budget. It recommends the following:

  • Combine errands in one trip and makes directions before you head out to minimize driving unnecessary miles.

  • Lighten your load by getting stuff out of the car, including the trunk, because unneeded items weigh the vehicle down and increase gas usage.

  • Stay within the speed limit, use cruise control on the highway.

  • Check the gas cap because 17 percent of vehicles have loose, damaged or missing gas caps causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.

    Power windows may cause injuries

    Power windows are a relatively rare but persistent cause of injury, particularly among young children.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that power windows injure 500 people annually when windows are unintentionally closed on someone’s finger, wrist, hand, arm or head.

    In documented cases involving child injury or death, the children were often left unsupervised and inadvertently leaned or stepped on the window switch, according to the NHSTA.

    Mail items of interest to AutoNotes, care of Bill O’Brien, The Washington Times Copy Desk, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, or send e-mail to bobrien@washington times.com.

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