Tuesday
Oct162012

1973 Pontiac

By Vern Parker

The passion for automobiles that Doug Mar nurtured as a child growing up in Indianapolis has never faded. Into his life many cars have come – and gone. He is skilled at automotive restoration so when one of his cars has been renewed he often sells it to make room for the next project.

Almost three years ago he was at his computer when he saw a notice offering for sale a 1973 Pontiac . Since the car was located in Boonesboro, Md., not far from his McLean, Va., home he went to investigate. What he found was a 1973 Pontiac LeMans with the GTO option. All four wheel wells were riddled with rust and, Mar recalls, the entire vehicle was covered with a coat of primer. He suspects the primer was an attempt to camouflage any and all imperfections.

Still, the sport coupe had a certain appeal to him so in January 2010 he purchased the car. The 17-foot, 3.4-inch-long Pontiac was loaded onto Mar's trailer along with assorted parts and hauled off to his home. There he discovered the car had originally been sold at King Pontiac in Gaithersburg, Md. That made the vehicle a local car. When new it wore a coat of Ascot Silver paint.

 

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Wednesday
Sep262012

2013 Lexus GS450h Hybrid Superfluity

By Ted Orme

Hybrid vehicles have never been my favorite ride. Love the gas mileage but not the uneven and lackadaisical performance. With the recently finalized U.S. fuel economy standards calling for 54.5 mph by 2025, however, we will surely be seeing a lot more hybrids. The good news is that every new generation hybrid is a big improvement over the last. And the latest example of that is the refined and cushy 2013 Lexus GS450h.

The hybrid model joins the regular and F Sport versions of the 2013 GS350 family. No surprise that it is the most fuel efficient, with EPA ratings of 29 mpg city and 34 mpg highway compared with 19/28 mpg for gas-powered GSs. But it is also the quickest and most powerful thanks to the boost from its electric system that gives the next generation D-4S direct and port fuel injected Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V-6 a total output of 338 hp, 32hp more than the rest of the GS lineup.  

According to Lexus, the GS450h, even with its efficient CVT powertrain, nips the 6-speed automatic GS350 in 0-60 mph times of 5.6 and 5.7 seconds, respectively. Now that’s really good use of hybrid tech.

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Monday
Sep242012

1976 Cosworth Vega

By Vern Parker

When it comes to collectible cars Frederick Seoane, of Dunn Loring, Va.. marches to a different drummer. Chevrolet made a lot of Vega automobiles but Cosworth Vegas were manufactured only in 1975 and 1976. The Cosworth Vega has always appealed to Seoane so when he saw one advertized for sale in the local newspaper he took action.

He called the seller of the car and learned that the Cosworth Vega remained for sale and it was located relatively nearby in Charlottesville, Va. H borrowed a trailer from a friend and went to see the car.

When he first saw the car he noted that it had been repainted an incorrect blue color. Regardless, he bought the car on the spot and as he loaded it onto the borrowed trailer he noticed that the odometer had recorded only 56,000 miles. The purchase was completed in February 2011.

 

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Wednesday
Sep192012

! ! ! THANKS ! ! !

Generous support from these sponsors and volunteers helped to make the 24th annual Street Dreams antique car show a super success on September 2 at the Spring Hill Recreation Center in McLean despite the imminent threat of rain.

 * Brook Rental Center

   Vienna, Virginia

 * Capitol Cadillac

   Greenbelt, Maryland

 * Country Chevrolet

   Warrenton, Virginia

 * Hagerty Price Guide

   Great Falls, Virginia

 * Preston Signs

   Falls Church, Virginia

 * Safford Auto Group

   Fredericksburg, Virginia

 * Washington Automotive Press Association

  Washington, D.C.

 * Dave Blum

 * Clem Clement

 * Marcellus Cooper

 * Franklin Gage

 * Jim George

 * Jim Gray

 * Amy Tobias

 * Richard Tufts

 * Dan Whalen

 * A special thanks to Catherine Orme who keeps this website percolating.

 We hope to see you next year at the 25th annual Street Dreams antique car show  on September 1, 2013, the Sunday before Labor Day.

Monday
Sep032012

24th Annual Street Dreams Antique Car Show

The threat of rain on Sunday September 2nd kept some of the antique cars away from the 24th annual Street Dreams car show in McLean.

Despite the threatening skies, a large number of spectators was in attendance at the Spring Hill Recreation Center to see the 50-some antique cars that were on display.

Voting among themselves, the car owners selected as their favorite a 1965 Volvo 1800S owned by Scott Miller.

 

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