Car Buzzard Passes 500 mark in articles

A record 10 auto manufacturers exhibited on the floor of this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to David Shepardson of the Detroit News. Two of them, Toyota and Volkswagen highlighted their work on driverless car features for future models. . . .In case you missed it, a Ford press release announced, “the iconic 1940 Ford Coupe is the latest addition to Ford Motor Company’s growing stable of officially licensed all-steel reproduction car bodies. The full body shell as well as individual steel panels are available now through Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts, http://www.dennis-carpenter.com.” . . . The company also has set February 21 as the deadline for a summary submission of 2013 Ford Aftermarket Project Vehicle proposals and March 1 as the deadline for submitting the complete proposal. Persons interested should contact Sherry Kollien or Mike Nicopolis at semainfo@ford.com for more information

A little before Christmas, John Matras announced the “500th article and 228th review we posted on the Car Buzzard web site.” That “we,” includes BJ Killeen (Buzzardette), David Boldt, Nick Yost and Ron Moorhead, plus editor and founder Matras, representing more than 100 years of automotive journalism experience. . . . Matras also reports, “Saab owners who have been nervous about warranty service can breathe a little easier. Saab Automobile Parts North America, a company established to provide genuine Saab parts after the manufacturer went down like aquavit at a Swedish midsummer festival, reached an agreement with General Motors to provide warranty administration and related services through Saab’s network of 179 Warranty Service Providers for model year 2009 and prior Saab vehicles still covered under the GM limited warranty.”

Detroit Belle ISle Grand Prix - photo by LAT

Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is looking for 1,400 volunteers for the auto race, which is scheduled for the weekend of May 31. Volunteers drive golf carts, run the media center, take tickets and staff information booths. Volunteers get a uniform, food and a lapel pin and are expected to work at least 25 hours. There is a $15 registration fee. Anyone with interest can sign up at http://www.DetroitGP.com.

The British have announced a serious, funded plan to set a 1000 mph landspeed record this summer on a course in South Africa. Bonneville Salt Flats trumpet, historian and raconteur Landspeed Louise Noeth says that if the British team that’s held the record for the past several years does hit 1,000 mph, it will erase the chances of regaining it in the U.S. because “we don’t have the real estate” for such an attempt. . . . . Neither does Barbados but they” compensate with two weekends of historic racing and a carnival of fun in between, August 15-28. For more information contact: www.barbadosrallycarnival.com  . . . . There’ll also be historic races in the Bahamas in 2013 but AWcom has not been told the dates. For more info contact: autoedge@sbcglobal.net.

Applications for automotive scholarships are now available through the 2013 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF) at www.sema.org/scholarships. Students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries may be eligible for financial awards of up to $5,000. . . . Chrysler PR announced that the 2013 Fiat 500 electric version boasts an “Industry-best 108 MPG highway rating. Best-in-class EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range of 87 miles and an unsurpassed frugality with EPA-estimated annual fuel-equivalent cost of $500.”

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