- The Washington Times - Friday, August 22, 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.

Laurel Lions plan show for Sept. 6

The Endless Summer Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 6 in Laurel, Md.

The site is McCollough Field at Montgomery and 8th streets. The show will benefit the Laurel Lions Foundation. The rain date is Sept. 7.

In addition to judging and trophies, there will be a 50-50 raffle, live entertainment, food, vendors and games for children. For more information, call 301/483-9807, mailbox 5.

Sugarloaf Mountain plans show Sept. 7

The Sugarloaf Mountain Region AACA is planning its 39th annual car show for Sept. 7 at the Mount Airy Fireman’s Park in Maryland.

In addition to a judged show, there will be games, contests and a flea market, car corral and free parking for spectators. First, second and third-place trophies will be awarded in all classes.

Registration is from 8 to 11 a.m. the day of the show for a $9 fee. All vehicles from 1929 or earlier will be admitted free. Trophy presentations will be at 3 p.m.

For more information, call Bill Brown at 301/662-6778 or Dave Yinger at 301/774-4909.

Be thorough before buying used vehicle

Buying a used vehicle can be risky. There are several things to keep in mind. Some important tips from Motor Matters include:

cBe sure the vehicle’s body is straight.

cLook down each side to check the alignment.

cExamine the vehicle’s door jams to see whether there is a mismatch in colors.

cCheck for water and flood damage.

cLook under the hood and try to get a feel for how well the car has been maintained.

cLook under the vehicle for fluids that may have leaked on the ground.

cCheck the odometer for the vehicle’s mileage.

cWrite down the vehicle identification number (VIN) and do a title search.

cLast, and perhaps most important, get a mechanic to check the vehicle.

Small pickups fail in side crashes

Most small pickups don’t provide as much protection in side impact crashes as many new cars and sport utility vehicles, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Toyota Tacoma was the only one of five small pickup trucks (all 2008 models) to earn the highest rating of good side protection in recent crash tests conducted by the IIHS. The Dodge Dakota. Ford Ranger, and Nissan Frontier are rated marginal, and the Chevrolet Colorado is rated poor in the side test.

cMail 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 [email protected] times.com.

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