May 23, 2014

Auto Briefs

Holiday travel expected to rise; test drive at Emerald Downs



More will be hitting the road for holiday
AAA Travel estimates that 36.1 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day holiday weekend. That's a 1.5 percent increase from the 35.5 million who traveled during the weekend last year. AAA says 88 percent of all travel — including planes, cruises, buses and trains — will be done by automobile this weekend.
NWautos staff



Ford offers test drives at Emerald Downs
Ford is bringing test drives to a different kind of race track on May 31. The Ford EcoBoost Challenge is a chance to drive new vehicles on three tracks at Emerald Downs, a horse-racing venue in Auburn. Drivers can get behind the wheel of a 2014 Ford Fiesta ST (shown), Fusion, Escape, F-150 and C-Max Hybrid, plus cars from other manufacturers. The free event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. also includes a preview of the 2015 Mustang, F-150 and Expedition. Register for a time slot at
NWautos staff

Send us your Route 66 story

Share your kicks from a Route 66 road trip for an upcoming story in NWautos. In 75 words or less, tell us your favorite stretch of the highway or top roadside attraction and why it appealed to you. Email your story and the year, make and model of the car you drove to Please include your name and the city where you live.


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