Tuesday
Jan312012

St. Patrick's Day festivities in Old Town Alexandria

Owners of antique automobiles are invited to register their cars for the annual St. Patrick's Day car show and parade in Old Town Alexandria.  The well-attended event actually occurs a few days before St. Patrick's Day and is limited by space to about 50 cars.

More information is available by contacting Tom Connors at CONNORS_TOM@BAH.

Owners of antique automobiles are invited to register their cars for the annual St. Patrick's Day car show and parade in Old Town Alexandria.  The well-attended event actually occurs a few days before St. Patrick's Day and is limited by space to about 50 cars.More information is available by contacting Tom Connors at CONNORS_TOM@BAH.

Tuesday
Jan312012

Toyota Tundra

By Edward R. Noble

Most of us will never buy a truck, but every one of us will wish we had access to one at times. I have noted that folks who have bought a pickup for the second time will possibly keep buying a new one as time passes.  Also, truck buyers are possibly the most loyal of all vehicles buyers. Getting a customer out of his Ford or Chevrolet is not an easy assignment for a salesperson.  Getting a trucker into a Toyota Tundra full size pickup is the first challenge. Once in there it may become actually possible it may be bought. Toyota has ground away at the rock solid Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge ownership.

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Sunday
Jan292012

1974 Cadillac Sedan deVille

By Vern Parker

There is a lot to like in a 19-foot, 2.75-inch-long 1974 Cadillac Sedan deVille four-door hardtop. At least that is what Tom McQueen has discovered. He recalls, “My late mother drove Cadillacs for years, so I had grown up with 'The Standard of the World' in the garage.”

A few years ago McQueen travelled to old car Mecca in Carlisle, Pa., in search of an interesting older Cadillac that would be suitable for touring, preferably an Eldorado, Coupe deVille or a convertible. “I was not looking for a show car or trailer queen,” he says, “just a nice running and driving Cadillac.”

After walking through 99.9 percent of the car corral where nothing caught his eye, he came to the third car from the end in the back row of the hundreds of cars for sale.

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Sunday
Jan292012

2012 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD

By Ted Orme

Introduced as a 2007 model, the Mazda CX-9 has only seen styling and feature upgrades since. So why review it? Well, what is remarkable about this vehicle is that five years later it is still, in my judgment, the best full size crossover utility vehicle.

Admittedly, I’m a sucker for versatility. I like it in people, pets and vehicles, and the three-row, seven-seat CX-9 has it in spades. Okay, so do a lot of competing three-row crossovers and SUVs that can be reconfigured to serve multiple purposes. But none have the combination of comfort, utility and driving pleasure of this Mazda. It really is a fun-to-drive family/commuter machine with a noticeable advantage in agile handling and overall response.

Much credit goes to firm suspension tuning – MacPherson struts up front, multilink system in the rear and hefty stabilizer bars at both ends – that minimizes the roly-poly body movement common in this vehicle class. More CX-9 handling goodness comes from rigid chassis construction, precise steering feedback and standard stability and traction control that allow you to actually bite into curves quickly and, if necessary, make sharp accident avoidance maneuvers safely – all without sacrificing ride quality.

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Monday
Jan022012

1938 Ford 

By Vern Parker

Keith Randall is proud to display his 74-year-old 1938 Ford Deluxe four-door sedan that has only recorded 71,000 miles on the odometer.

Randall reports that the serial number on his Ford indicates that it was manufactured in February 1938. Soon thereafter the sedan was purchased new by a Wisconsin man. Those license plates are still with the old Ford to this day.

“Credit for the noteworthy condition of this fine old automobile belongs to the caretakers who have preceded me,” Randall says.

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