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Vallejo shows off the muscle at waterfront car show - Vallejo Times Herald

Low-riders, modern muscle, motorcycles, hot rods, old classics. A fleet of more than 100 cars of all types were parked on Vallejo’s waterfront as part of a fundraiser to benefit several local groups on Saturday.

Service Club Park, also known as the Waterfront Green, was packed with cars as their owners proudly showed off the varying cars for a good cause.

image Guys talk about a 350 SS Camaro during the Chelu Car Show along the waterfront in Vallejo on Saturday. (Chris Riley–Times-Herald)

“It’s all about Vallejo – trying to get Vallejo back to where it needs to be,” said Pete Duenas with the Chelu Car Club.

Chelu club members were joined with members from the West Side de Berkeley car club to raise money to support the Solano Aids Coalition, Kids of Kaiser Pediatric Ward, and Children Shop with a Cop.

Duenas said he was hoping to raise about $10,000.

Saturday’s fundraiser comes about a week after Duenas’ non-profit TEAM Hope, in conjunction with the Chelu Car Club, sponsored 24 kids for back-to-school shopping at Walmart.

Each child received a backpack full of school supplies and the chance to spend a $100 voucher on school clothes.

Each Christmas the club also sponsors a few dozen kids to “Shop with a Cop” at a local store. With $100 in hand, the child is expected to pick out presents for his or her family. Last December 40 kids roamed around Target looking for the perfect gifts.

“Everyone thinks Vallejo is a dark cloud,” Duenas added. “We’re having events that promote Vallejo by bringing the community together.”

Robert Corona came to the fundraiser on Saturday to show off his 1955 Chevy.

“I think it does a of great things for the community,” said Corona when asked about the fundraiser.

Corona, who isn’t a member of the car clubs, said he likes showing up to car shows to see the other vehicles and help teach some history to kids.

“Some kids that grow up don’t understand the history of these cars,” he added. “With events like this, it allows for history to be taught and bring everyone together.

“Just look around, there is a lot of camaraderie,” he added.

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Vallejo police impound 19 cars during enforcement operation - Vallejo Times Herald

The Vallejo Police Department’s Traffic Division impounded 19 cars as part of its abandoned auto enforcement operation, the division announced.

Authorities said they checked 122 cars that were reported as abandoned. Of the cars checked, 60 were found to be currently registered, legally parked or not at the reported location.

However, eight parking citations were issued and 10 cars were marked to be towed if not moved in 72 hours.

Police said that the division receives around 300 reports a month for abandoned cars. There are generally over 400 cars to be checked at any given time.

“Many of the reported cars we check on are not actually abandoned,” officials said. “Oftentimes, they are registered (even if they don’t have a current sticker attached) and belong to your neighbors. We encourage you to introduce yourself to your neighbor and see if the parking issue can be resolved before calling the police.”

The department encourages anyone who has a vehicle that is unregistered, missing parts needed to operate or otherwise left on a city street to have it removed and/or brought into compliance with state and local laws.

Residents can report abandoned vehicles in multiple ways:
By phone – (707) 648-4682;
On the internet – – Click on City Hall, Police, Online Services.
Vallejo Police Mobile App (Available for iOS and Android platforms).

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RPD officer sent to hospital after car accident - WHEC

August 17, 2019 06:11 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) —  A Rochester Police officer was involved in a two-car accident on Saturday afternoon.

According to police, the officer was headed south on State Street when a car coming from East Main Street ran a red light and hit the police car. Both cars were towed away with extensive damage.

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McLaren F1 LM-Specification Sells for Record-Breaking $19.8M at Monterey Car Week Auction - The Drive

By Chris ConstantineAugust 17, 2019

Andrei Diomidov ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's



This McLaren F1 'LM-Specification' For Sale Is the Most Extreme F1

This MSO-designed McLaren F1 blends the track performance of an F1 LM with the comfort and technology of an F1 GT.



Mika Hakkinen Driving a Le Mans-Winning McLaren F1 GTR is Peak '90s Racing Glory

Peep this onboard footage of the two-time F1 world champion driving McLaren's dominant endurance racer around Laguna Seca. 



Customized Legendary Mclaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ Racing Livery for Bespoke 675LT

The 1997 Gulf-Davidoff GTC tribute took more than 1,000 hours to complete.



One of Just 10 McLaren F1 GTR Longtails Is for Sale

This is the first Longtail to ever win a race, and also one of the only examples that can be driven on the street.



Watch Racing Hero Bill Auberlen Heel-toe in a McLaren F1 GTR

Bill Auberlen thrashes a McLaren F1 GTR at a track day around New Jersey Motorsports Park.


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Automotive Wire And Cable Materials Market Sees Huge Demand - Communal News

Steady sales of vehicles is likely to continue to serve the market well, particularly in Asia Pacific. Developments in hybrid and connected vehicles as well as substitution of copper with aluminum are anticipated to impact manufacturing procedures over the forecast period. Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is emerging as the largest market for automotive wire and cable materials.

The global automotive wire and cable materials market  had witnessed expansion at single digit revenue CAGR in 2016. Rising emphasis on vehicle maintenance and safety as well as growing installation of navigation and infotainment system are some key factors supporting growth of the market. Steady sales of vehicles is likely to continue to serve the market well, particularly in Asia Pacific, where India and China are likely to witness huge demand.

While growth of the market was remained stable over 2016, developing trends will maintain to play an important role in positively influencing the market. Developments in hybrid and connected vehicles as well as substitution of copper with aluminum are anticipated to impact manufacturing procedures over the forecast period (2016-2026).

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Segmentation Based on Material Type

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is likely to continue to be the most prominent material for manufacturing automotive cables and wires. Polypropylene (PP) segment based on material type is the second largest segment witnessed expansion at single digit CAGR in 2016.

Segmentation on Basis of Vehicle Type

In terms of vehicle type, passenger cars is likely to remain the largest segment. Improvement of rapid transit routes and growing adoption of hybrid power trains are likely to generate opportunities in heavy commercial and light commercial vehicles segment.

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Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is emerging as the largest market for automotive wire and cable materials and status quo is likely to remain so over the forecast period. The resurgent automotive sector in the region is likely to support growth of automotive wire and cable material market in APEJ. Rising emphasis on functionality and safety as well as implementation of vehicle safety protocols is likely to positively affect demand for such automotive products. The APEJ automotive wire and cable market reached expansion at single digit value CAGR in 2016. Other key markets for automotive wire and cable material are Western Europe and North America exhibited significant growth in 2016.

Various Leading Market Players

Sumitomo Corporation, Coficab Tunisie SA and Leoni AG are top 3 prominent players in the market. The 3 players mutually generated nearly two-fourth of market share in terms of revenue in 2015. Moreover, Allied Wire and Cable Inc., Coroplast Fritz Muller GmbH & C. KG, marquee players, Draka Holdings B.V., Yazaki Corporation, Lear Corporation, and Delphi Automotive PLC are some leading players operating in the market.

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