Racing While Black, Progressive Automotive X Prize, Green Car Show

Lenny Miller, Author, Racing While BlackRiverside (Calif.) International Automotive Museum is holding a reception and book signing October 16 for Lenny T. Miller author of “Racing While Black.” . . .To raise funds, the ladies of the U. K.’s Doghouse Club (Women’s Motor Racing Associates Club) are producing a 2011 Calendar that features not themselves in provocative poses but race car drivers including Sir Stirling Moss and Michael Schumacher among others – in racing but not racy settings.

The $10,000,000 Progressive Automotive X Prize was divided among three teams that produced test vehicles able to get more than 100 miles per gallon of gasoline. Edison2 of Lynchburg, Va. Won $5,000,000 for its “mainstream” entry that achieved 102.5 miles per gallon running on E85 ethanol. The remaining $5,000,000 was shared equally between Li-ion Motors Corp. of Mooresville, N.C. and X-Tracer from Winterthur, Switzerland. They both built futuristic electric vehicles, with the Swiss car achieving the equivalent of 205 mpg. . . . Members of the U.K.-based Motorsports Industry Association, which bills itself as, “the world’s leading trade association for motorsport’s performance engineering, services and tuning industry” will spend five days in early December touring NASCAR facilities and landmarks in Daytona, including the newly re-paved track.

For the fifth time Honda has won the Union of Concerned Scientists Award for fielding the U.S. motor vehicle fleet with the lowest levels of smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions. . . .While the Internet provides the numbers that make it both easy and affordable for car makers to dilute the value of auto writers by taking promotions and contests directly to consumers, Mitsubishi is the first in the U.S. to make it possible to actually drive a new car from your computer. According to Marketing Daily, the company is letting people around the country “drive” a real Outlander Sport on a closed course by controlling it remotely with their computers. People can sign up to do the drive starting on Oct. 15 at, where they will get a code that can be used to queue for the live test drive on opening day, Nov. 1. The program runs to Nov. 10.

Internet Car And Truck Of The yearThe awards season has begun: voting is now open for The Internet Car and Truck of The Year and entries are being accepted for the Internet Automotive Journalist Competition. Complete rules and entry forms are available for both at . . .The 15th Annual Urban Wheels Awards January 9th will promote “green” to people of color with a Green Car Show and Technology Exhibit in conjunction with its star-studded celebration of emerging diversity in the auto industry . . . Car Art is offering a selection of 40 Jaguar artworks in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Jaguar name.

Jack Baruth in his recent derisive The Truth About Cars descriptions of automotive journalism and its practitioners prompted a thoughtful response from Toronto Star Wheels editor Mark Richardson. It can be read at:  . . . The Peking to Paris Rally is still in progress and scheduled to end opposite the Ritz Hotel on Saturday, Oct.16 at 1:00 pm. Leading in the Pioneer Category (cars through 1926,) is a Vauxhall 30-98 driven by Hugh and Nellie Bishop. Steven and Jane Hyde, driving a 1938 Chevy Fangio Coupe competing in the Vintageants Class (cars through 1940) are the overall leaders and a 64 Holden driven by 74-yer-old Gerry Crown, leads the Classic Category.