Friday, November 7, 2008

Aspen Hill show set slated for Saturday

The 10th annual Antique, Custom & Rod, Military, Motorcycle and Special Interest Car Show will be held Saturday at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center in Montgomery County.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., requires no registration fee. Food and beverages as well as live music will be available at 13661 Connecticut Ave., Silver Spring.

Awards will include five people’s choice trophies and similar recognition for winners in five other categories. The rain date is Sunday. Competitors can pre-register by e-mail at or by calling 240/529-4122.

2 area dealers feted for loyalty

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) recently recognized two Maryland dealers who have owned and operated Mitsubishi franchises since 1982.

Jerry’s Mitsubishi in Baltimore, owned by Gerald Stautberg, and Ourisman Mitsubishi in Marlow Heights, owned by John M. Ourisman, were honored at a special regional event in Newark, N.J. on Oct. 15.

Mitsubishi Motors President and CEO Hiroshi Harunari presented each dealership with a special award commemorating their success and long franchise history with the company.

“We honor the commitment and loyalty to the Mitsubishi brand over the past 25 years of these pioneers in the Mitsubishi Motors family,” said Mr. Harunari.

“Starting with the sale of the first Mighty Max, Cordia and Tredia models to today’s Eclipse, Galant, Lancer, Endeavor, Outlander and Raider sales, the dedication of our dealers is what drives our continued success.”

Jerry’s Mitsubishi opened in December 1982. The dealership has sold almost 10,000 Mitsubishi vehicles.

General Manager David Warder shared memories of a long history of selling various Mitsubishi products including the dealership’s first Montero Sport sale in 1997 that was recently traded in for a new vehicle at Jerry’s after 337,000 miles of service. Since 2005, Jerry’s is a two-time winner of the prestigious Mitsubishi Diamond Chapter of Excellence for outstanding sales and customer service.

Ourisman Mitsubishi also opened late in 1982 and has sold more than 17,000 Mitsubishi vehicles in its 25 years. In addition to sharing memories of early sales of exotic Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Starion, Sigma, Tredia, and Precis, owner John Ourisman said he was proud “to represent Mitsubishi dealers” on trade association boards and on the national Mitsubishi dealer council.

Ourisman Mitsubishi has won the Diamond Chapter of Excellence Award six of the past seven years.

‘American Classics’ shown on calendar

More than 26 photographs are included in the “American Classics” 16-month calendar.

You can take a drive down memory lane next year with detailed pictures and a brief history of each unique American car, by photographer/auto writer Dan Lyons.

A rectangular version of the calendar is available at while the square format calendar is available in Office Depot stores.

Brand of tires can affect mileage

The tires you choose can affect your vehicle’s fuel economy. That’s because different models have varying degrees of rolling-resistance, which is a measurement of how much energy it takes to roll a tire down the road.

According to government estimates, a tire’s rolling resistance accounts for about 5 percent of the fuel the vehicle consumes.

For example, the Chevy Silverado got 2.4 mpg better highway mileage with the Goodyear Wrangler SR-A all-season tires than with the General Grabber AT-2 tires, according to Consumer Reports magazine.

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