Our Father’s Charity Auto Show

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The funds raised will go to My Corner of the Field Ministry, whose mission is to provide homeless veterans and their families with the building blocks to get on their feet and become productive members of the community. Trophies are one-of-a-kind custom made by Our Father’s Welding.

 

Summer Time Check Up

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Keep your ride rolling during the warmer months by giving it a quick once-over. The key to limiting your car being in and out of the shop is fixing potential issue before they become a problem. Here are a few tips that will hopefully keep your vehicle on the road:

Quick under the hood check:

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When it’s hot out, everything wants to be a little cooler, same goes for your motor.  Once a month, do a quick check over of your engine bay.  The big 5 fluids include: oil, transmission, brake, power steering, and coolant.  Keeping these levels properly topped off will help your motor on long hot days. Getting in the habit of regularly opening up the hood gives you the opportunity to spot if something has gone askew.

Air Conditioning:

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The air conditioning system in your vehicle is there to keep you and your passengers comfortable. Low and steady will help your body more-so that turning it on and off. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the windows down and the fresh air, heat exhaustion is a risk on longer trips.

Staying hydrated:

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Thirst can affect your driving ability in the same way as alcohol or a lousy night’s sleep.  When you do not keep hydrated, you’re more likely to make mistakes such as lane drifting and late breaking. These problems are compounded on longer drives, as well.

Road Trips

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With summertime finally here, it’s time to take some time off.  The open road is a great place to reconnect and spend quality time together, or disconnect from everyday life and reground yourself. From short day trips to longer excursions, there are many reasons to get out and explore. Here are a few travel ideas:

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park Virginia.

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With 75 scenic vistas over its 105 miles from Front Royal south to I-64, Skyline drive can be done as a day trip. The Blue Ridge Mountains are the backdrop for this cruise, and is home to part of the Appalachian Trail. Some of the rock formations along this stretch date back over 1 billion years. Due to the topography of the area, a phenomenon known as “fog ocean” can occur, where the valley is covered in dense fog and some of the peaks poke above like tiny islands. This trip can be lengthened by picking up the Blue Ridge Parkway and ending in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

 

Overseas Highway, Miami to Key West Florida.

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Dubbed “The Highway That Goes to the Sea”, the southern section of US Route 1 is best enjoyed over a long weekend. Connecting Miami and Key West, the Overseas Highway crosses 42 bridges. The roadway dates back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and was originally a rail line.  The Overseas Highway follows along the only living coral reef in the continental United States, which spans over 170 miles. Be sure to soak in the sunsets at Mallory Square and visit mile marker 0. Key West is a major hub for cruise ships.

Pacific Coast Highway, California.

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Just over 659 miles, the Pacific Coast Highway is a decent trip for five to seven days. Starting near Leggitt, the PCH runs thought the home of the largest trees on the planet.  Californian Redwoods can grow over 350 feet high, nearly 30 feet in diameter and live an estimated 1,200-1,800 years. The PCH’s course winds the coast and serves as major thoroughfare for several areas such as San Francisco, the Monterey Bay area and Los Angeles. The PCH ends at Dana Point in Orange County.

Great River Road, 10 states along the Mississippi River.

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While not a single road, but a cooperative collection of roadways spanning 2,340 miles between Minnesota to Louisiana following the course of the Mississippi River.  While the distance can be Conquered in several days, this trip is best had over weeks time. With so much between the two, there are many points of interest and is sure to have something for everyone.

 

With an endless amount of possibilities, prudent planning is the best foundation for a memorable road trip. A few key necessities include a paper map, first aid kit and provisions for communication. A cell phone will suffice in most areas but more remote locations could do better with a 2 way radio or CB radio.  Additionally, keeping up with your vehicles maintenance and making sure it is up for the journey. No one wants to cut a trip short over something that could have been avoided

Racing Primer

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Here’s a quick rundown on what is happening in the racing world. Several series are under way with some big events coming up. All of these events will be televised, check your local listings.

 

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World Touring Car Cup makes their stop at Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany June 20th through the 22nd. FIA’s stop features a 15+ mile loop with 64 corners through Scenic forests and small towns with everything from flat out high speed sections to technical tight corners.

Riders in MotoGP take on Italy’s Mugello circuit June 2nd.  Watch riders get their lean on through the turns of the track. Ducati’s V4R  pushes out 275 HP at a screaming 18,000 RPM, all form a 1000cc 4 cylinder powerplant.

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Dirt racing takes place May 31st through June 2nd at the Oregon Trail Rally.  The American Rally Association’s event traverses 272 miles over dirt and tarmac, with stages at Portland International Raceway, Columbia River Gorge and through high-desert plains.

Open wheel racing revs up May 26th with both IndyCar and Formula 1 series events happening.  IndyCar will be visiting the Brickyard while F1 is in France at the Monaco GP.  Winning events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Circuit de Monaco, and Circuit de la Sarthe is often regarded as the unofficial triple crown of motorsports.

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The NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte takes place May 18th. There is sure to be much excitement watching this exhibition race. A cool million waiting for the winner at the finish line, modified aerodynamic package, and short format is a great recipe for eventful night.

29th Annual Cruisin’ OCMD

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Mark your calendars for the 29th annual Cruisin’ Ocean City MD running May 16th to the 19th.  3,300 Custom’s, Classic’s, Street Machine’s, and Hot Rod’s will be all around OCMD. Various events from Boardwalk Parades, Concert’s, Cruise’s, and more. Catherine Bach (AKA Daisy Duke), Ryan Evans from Count’s Kustoms, Joe Diffie, and others will be there. Product displays will be at the Convention Center and Inlet parking lots. Over 500 awards, plaques, and trophies are slated to be presented. All the details.

Deutsche Marque Concourse d’Elegance

Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche enthusiasts will be gathering  May 5th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Va.  Several judging categories will be determined based on actual turn out, and the coveted “Spirit of the Deutsche Marque Concours Award” “Spirit of the Deutsche Marque Concours Award” will also be up for grabs.  Additionally, there will be a non-judged “car corral” for other enthusiasts looking to show off their rides.  Food trucks will be making an appearance, as well.