Video will thank safety innovator
An AB Volvo retiree whose invention saves an estimated 27 lives each day in the United States will get a round of thank-yous, via videotape. Nils Bohlin, who worked as an engineer at the Volvo Safety Laboratory in Gothenburg, Sweden, invented the one-piece, three-point lap/shoulder seat belt in 1958. Next week, attendees at a conference on highway safety will have the opportunity to offer words of appreciation by contributing to a tape that will be sent to Bohlin, 76, in recognition of his invention. The conference, Lifesavers 15, will be held in Orlando, Fla., June 8-11.
MILLION-DOLLAR STORM -Damage from a hailstorm that hit Greeley, Colo., on Tuesday, May 27, caused at least $1 million damage - and that's just to three car dealers. The hail ranged from marble size to an inch in diameter. King Motors General Sales Manager Scott Baugh told the Associated Press that more than 140 used cars and 115 new cars suffered an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 damage. Lee Yoder, owner of Weld County Garage, said 450 vehicles were hit by the hail. He estimated damage at $540,000 to $675,000. Garnsey & Wheeler Ford reported damage to 180 cars, but no dollar damage estimate was available.
CALLING ALL CARS! The centennial committee at Oldsmobile is looking for your father's - or grandfather's - Oldsmobile. The division is throwing a four-day bash in its hometown to celebrate its 100th anniversary this summer. The Aug. 20-23 celebration in Lansing, Mich., is being organized by big-time event planner Ridgeway International, which has planned events ranging from papal visits to Super Bowls, including the 1994 Saturn Homecoming. But a couple of pieces are not in place. The festivities will be capped by a parade featuring a car produced in each of the division's 100 years, but two model years are missing: 1907 and 1914. If you have one, the committee wants to hear from you at (517) 885-OLDS. For general information about the festivities, call (800) 255-OLDS.
LONGO WAY - Longo Toyota may have stumbled on a new way to use balloons as direct-mail promotions. The El Monte, Calif., dealership led by Greg Penske lost one of the orange balloons tied to cars on the lot. It ended up in a field of beans and corn in Rushville, Ohio, outside Columbus. Farmer Steven Becker located Longo via Toyota's Web site and sent the balloon back.
HUMMER FIELD TRIP - Canadian Hummer owners took a four-day road trip last weekend from Toronto to South Bend, Ind., home of the tough trucks. Northwest Hummer of Toronto organized the first 'Hummer Homecoming' for the caravan of 15 Hummers and 35 people who received a factory tour and instructions from Hummer experts on how to drive off-road. Hummer calls the owners a 'particular lot who really, really love their trucks.'