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June 02, 2009

British Invasion in New Hampshire

Carshow_sm If you like your steering wheel on the right side of your car, you'll like this: our New England neighbors at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, N.H. are holding their third annual "Galaxy of British Cars Show" and they're promising a bloody good time

The show will feature everything from pre-war motorcars to more modern rides. Visitors are free to vote for their favorite models which will be designated by class: pre-war (Star Class), 1947-62 (Nova Class), 1963-67 (Constellation Class), 1968-76 (Galactic Class), and 1977-present (Meteor Class). 

Attendees can also participate in "Guess the Parts," in which several curious British car parts will be displayed for identification.

Need another reason to go? You already own part of GM, at least temporarily, so why not check out the competition.

Gas Prices On The Rise, Traveling On The Decline

Gas-pump It is safe to say that most of us have family road trips embedded somewhere in our childhood memories. The epic summer road trip has become a paradigm for an American family vacation. With General Motors and Chrysler battling it out with federal judges in bankruptcy court, and an overall slumping economy, businesses were hoping for a surge this summer from those family vacationers.

They were banking on much lower gas prices compared to last year. Unfortunately, the recent dip in gas prices appears to be more of an anomaly. On January 1, 2009, gas prices averaged just $1.62 and as of May 30, the average has jumped back up to $2.49. In fact, the national average for a regular unleaded gallon of gas has increased by more than 20% over this past month alone.

Although the latest national average is a far cry from the all-time high of last July at $4.11, the jump in prices suggests more hardships for a majority of Americans, and is not likely to encourage American people to get in their cars this summer for an old fashioned family road trip.

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