Boy Scouts and race fans will be at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville tonight to see Scott Lagasse Jr. and the BSA Late Model dirt race car in action. Rain postponed the car’s debut on the half-mile dirt track on Aug. 17.

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This is a special car the St. Augustine driver will be racing. Many of the 50,000 Scouts attending last month’s National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in W. Va. helped Lagasse — driver of the No. 8 HybridLight/Boy Scouts of America Nationwide Series Chevrolet — assemble the No. 8 Late Model racer.

Volusia Speedway Park will honor all tickets purchased for the Aug. 17 event. Scouts in uniform and a friend will get in free.

For more information, visit volusiaspeedwaypark.com.

Better catch ‘Future Retro’ exhibit soon

Time is running out for car enthusiasts to check out Future Retro: The Great Age of the American Automobile’ at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

The featured exhibition, which closes Sunday, Sept. 8, is comprised mainly of drawings from the collection of Frederick A. Sharf.

It showcases the beauty and ingenuity of American automotive design during the decades following World War II, a landmark period in car styling.

An eclectic mix of illustrations, from preliminary sketches to fully rendered works, provides a rare glimpse into the creative process at some of America’s premier car companies.

Featured along with these two-dimensional works are six classic automobiles, organized by Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: a 1963 Chrysler Turbine; 1961 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport; 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster, 1956 Continental Mark II, 1956 Firedbird II; and Warner’s 1957 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz.

The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Presenting sponsors are the Jacksonville Jaguars and Shad and Ann Khan.

Admission is free the first Saturday of the month. Today’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cummer is located at 829 Riverside Ave. For more information, call (904) 356-6857 or visit cummer.org.

Infiniti offers peek at Q30 Concept

Infiniti issued a sneak peek at the Q30 Concept prior to its world premiere Sept. 10 at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Q30’s shape defies categorization, the company says – “not a coupe, not a hatch and not a crossover, but a fusion of the three body styles.”

Infiniti says the Q30 is designed for younger customers “seeking an alternative to traditional premium compact vehicles and open to convention-challenging approaches.”

NYC’s next taxi in production

Forget all about Checkers and Caprices. Production of New York’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” — the Nissan NV200 Taxi — is underway at the company’s assembly plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

The new taxi, based on the NV200 compact cargo vehicle, was developed to suit the demands of the more than 600,000 people who ride in New York City taxicabs every day. The Taxi and Limousine Commission of New York City selected the Nissan NV200 in 2011. It will be done in the traditional New York taxi yellow color.

Nissan created its own “New York Avenue” at its Arizona proving grounds to replicate harsh conditions of Manhattan streets to test the NV200 taxi and hired New York cabbies to drive-test vehicles around the city, logging more than 155,000 test miles.

The new taxi has room for four passengers and luggage, sliding doors and an entry step and grab handles, a transparent roof panel, independently controlled rear air-conditioning, and an active carbon-lined headliner to help neutralize interior odors.

Knitted Beetle woolfully wins contest

More than 400 Beetles of all kinds met last weekend at the largest gathering of fans of all “round” Volkswagen models (Beetle, New Beetle and The Beetle) at the ninth Volkswagen Sunshine Tour in Germany.

And the winner of the “Most Beautiful Beach Beetle of the Year” went to a New Beetle Convertible clothed in about 88 pounds of knitted wool done by Nathalie Dorra and Ole “Soul” Feddersen.

The tour is the largest private meeting of Beetle lovers of all three Volkswagen generations, and the knitted Bug was chosen by jurors.

“It took us seven months and 40 kilograms of wool to create this; it’s been so much fun!,” Dorra told VW.

The new iBeetle from Volkswagen had its European premiere at the event, alongside the Beetle Cabrio Exclusive of Volkswagen R GmbH, and the Beetle GSR, in a limited edition of only 3,500 vehicles.

 

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