February 3, 2005
This weekend the Baltimore Convention Center will become a parking lot of sorts. Roughly 250 vehicles - hand-built cars, fast cars, antique cars, tricked out cars, motorcycles - will be on display as part of the World of Wheels Custom Car Show. More than 35,000 people are expected to gawk at the highly polished vehicles, most of them privately owned. "You wouldn't believe how many people are into their cars and into modifying their cars," said Patti Knaack, co-chairwoman of the event.
April 28, 1992
Once upon a time, the choice of what gasoline to put in your gas tank was relatively easy. Not any more.Today, consumers are faced with economic pressures, ecological concerns and slick slogans that can leave car owners confused at the pump.Consumer advocates suggest starting with octane ratings.As many as 30 percent of car owners nationwide are paying an additional $3 billion a year for extra-octane gas they don't need, says Clarence Ditlow, director of the Center for Auto Safety in Washington.
October 5, 1999
Responding to complaints that some area tow truck drivers are using aggressive tactics to snatch up illegally parked cars, Anne Arundel County officials passed legislation yesterday giving more protection to car owners.The new law, approved on a 6-0 vote of the County Council last night, requires businesses to post detailed signs explaining restrictions at their parking lots and compels towing companies to notify police within one hour if they remove a car without the owner's consent.The law, which takes effect in 45 days, also forbids the use of "spotters," who earn commissions by scouting for illegally parked cars and notifying towing outfits, even if no nearby business has complained about the vehicles.
July 22, 2014
It seems to me that if Charlie Duff and others want to attract 10,000 new families to the city they are putting the cart before the horse in terms of enticements ( "Two ways about it," July 16). How about there being something to go to on foot or bike along the Calvert and St. Paul street corridors they are talking about calming by making two-way? Safety issues aside, two-way is great if there is a reason to slow down. At this point, with few exceptions, there isn't. And if there should be in the future, pedestrian traffic is in no way dependent on the direction the cars are moving.
September 27, 2007
British Car show The lowdown -- MG's on the Rocks British Car Show and Parts Market aims to bring together hundreds of MG and British car owners and enthusiasts from the Mid-Atlantic region. Expect numerous vendors of new and used parts, a selection of cars for sale, expertise on technical problems, and food and drinks. Open to all British car owners, the show will also feature an awards presentation and dash plaques for all preregistered cars. If you go -- MG's on the Rocks begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Rocks State Park, 4-H Camp, Harford County.
November 2, 2002
The wry observation of society grande dame Mrs. August Belmont - "A private car is not an acquired taste. One takes to it immediately" - was certainly evident on a recent evening when invited guests and friends were able to tour vintage rail cars at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. About 30 of the classic private cars, once the preferred conveyance of U.S. presidents, industrial moguls and the stylish, were parked on the museum's tracks for the annual three-day convention of the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners Inc. The late author and historian Lucius M. Beebe once observed that when a private car rolled into town, it gave its occupants two things: "Instant social status and instant credit."