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HOT ROD SUNDAY

More than 400 street rods, custom models and muscle cars will be on display Sunday when California Car Cover Co. hosts its 13th annual National Street Rod Association Appreciation Day.

The show will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the company's headquarters at 9525 De Soto Ave., Chatsworth. Admission is free.

This year's event honors Galpin Auto Sports, one of Southern California's leading custom shops and the force behind MTV's popular show "Pimp My Ride."

Several Kustom Kulture vehicles from the Galpin collection will be on display, including icons from Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and George Barris. Other Galpin cars featured include the first 2007 BOSS 302 Mustang and the 800-horsepower 1965 diesel-powered Impala "Bio Rocket."

LOTUS, SUPERCAR MAKER PARTNER Struggling Dutch luxury sports-car maker Spyker Cars NV announced it will share technology with Britain's Lotus Cars to help cut the cost of parts and components.

According to a statement, Lotus will provide some parts for Spyker's new C8 Aileron super sports car. In addition, the companies signed a design and engineering agreement relating to all Spyker's future models.

Financial details were not disclosed.

During the past four years, Lotus has provided engineering services for some components of Spyker cars and worldwide certification.

Spyker, whose roots reach back more than 100 years to a company that built the Golden State Coach for the Dutch royal family, makes two-seaters that retail from about $386,400.

FORD'S FOCUS MAKES 'IDOL' DEBUT

Ford Motor Co. will debut the 2009 Focus coupe this week on "American Idol."

Debuting a vehicle on the show is a first for longtime sponsor Ford, but why not take advantage of a nationwide audience of about 20million?

For those who don't care who wins "Idol" but wouldn't mind seeing the car, the 45-second music video can be viewed 24/7 on americanidol.com under the Ford Music Video page.

Design differences between the sedan and coupe include unique front and rear fascias for the two-door, a roof-line spoiler and integrated deck lid spoiler. Electronic stability control is a new option.

The top line SES model has 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights and the Sync system for voice-activated Bluetooth phone use and music selections.

Ford said Sync-equipped vehicles sell nearly twice as fast as those without. Ford sold 23,850 Focus sedans in April.

FINAL WORD

Dagmar: Large bullet-shape protrusion on bumpers of cars in the 1950s. It was named after the nickname of a buxom television star, Virginia Ruth Egnor (1921-2001).

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Date:May 16, 2008
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