20 Oct 2009, 12:48pm
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San Antonio Car Clubs

Automobile fanaticism runs deep in San Antonio.  There are at least thirty different car clubs in the city, from the Ford Model A to the Nissan Z and all points in between.  There are enough car shows for at least one every weekend of the year.  Some are specific to one manufacturer or even model type, others are general invite.  In the cause of full disclosure I should admit I am heavily involved in organizing two of them, one in the spring and the other in the fall.  Each focuses on entirely different parts of the spectrum, Ford Model Ts and military vehicles, and yet even here there is overlap, in the form of World War One ambulances.

 By and large it is a masculine preoccupation.  There are most welcome exceptions, with skills to put the best to shame, but when all is said and done, it’s a guy thing.  Male enthusiasms are invariably inexplicable, mainly because they are essentially illogical.  Why do some get so involved in stamp collecting?  What’s the big deal about football?  Can’t it be said with some certainty who won the Civil War and what happened at the Alamo?  And why are you still playing with trains at your age?  What’s wrong with you?  Nothing, actually.  We each seem to have some activity that floats our boat, or perhaps more appropriately in this context, a key that starts our engines.

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4 Oct 2009, 11:06pm
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Most owners mistreat their cars

 Are you running your car ragged?

Chances are, you might not even know it if you were, a recent AAA survey indicates. Some 62 percent of motorists run their vehicles hard but just 6 percent know they do.

That means almost two in three people often drive:

  • Fewer than five miles in normal temperatures or less than 10 when it’s freezing.
  • In stop-and-go traffic in hot weather.
  • Slower than 50 miles per hour over long distances.
  • On roads that are dusty, muddy or have salt, sand or gravel spread on them.
  • Towing a trailer, carrying a camper (if a pickup truck) or with items latched to a roof rack or stowed in a carrier.

Now, many motorists know they drive like that, they just don’t know that they ought to be replacing parts and fluids more often, AAA says. Owner’s manuals usually list two different maintenance schedules — one for normal driving and one for severe workouts.

So most cars likely don’t get the upkeep they should.

How about that. Looks like I’ll be going over my maintenance recommendations.

2 Oct 2009, 10:56am
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Loop 410 closed Saturday

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Workers will close eastbound Loop 410 on the Northeast Side this Saturday so they can set bridge beams.

Crews will divert motorists to a frontage road from 2 a.m. to as late as 6 p.m., according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Traffic will probably start backing up on the freeway’s main lanes shortly after sunrise. 

To skip the mess, drivers can use Wurzbach Parkway or Austin Highway. Or, like I’ll do from the Northwest Side, you can swing wide to Loop 1604.

Click the map to find routes.

Check TransGuide for current highway conditions.

 
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