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February 1998 Drivelines

Aro 24 Front Shot
Tori Tellem | Writer
Posted February 1, 1998
Photographers: Courtesy GM

Details On The ARO 4x4

Could this be the most popular vehicle for 1998? You'd think so if you worked here-our phone lines have been ringing off the hook from people looking for information on the ARO 24, the East European Imports' SUV with an MSRP of $12,997. There are three model lines, the Base, the Sport, and the Safari, and even a fully loaded Safari runs less than $20,000.

All three models have a V-6 3.0L engine and your choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a three-speed auto tranny. Suspensionwise, they have a coil-sprung IFS and a multileaf rear. There's seating for five, and standard features include air conditioning, a front grilleguard, an electrical outlet for a trailer towing harness, and a skidplate. The Sport comes with a luggage rack, tube steps, and upgraded wheels, while the Safari has four PIAA lights on the front bar. All ARO 24s can be outfitted with leather seats and metallic paint.

To learn more about the AROs, call 888/ARO-4BY4 or visit the Web site at

Calendar Notes
Get out your Year at a Glance: The Off-Road Sportsman Challenge Series will hold the inaugural event for the '98 Point Series Championship in Florida February 7-9. For an entry form and information, contact Bill Gaylord, Director, Dept. 4WOR, 6065 Roswell Rd. NE, Ste. 1158, Atlanta, GA 30328, 770/837-2242, fax 770/844-0059.

The stadium-style Protruck Off-Road Series racing season schedule has been announced. If you need to know more than just when and where, contact Protruck Racing Organization, Dept. 4WOR, 9419 Abraham Way, Ste. B, Santee, CA 92071-2854, 619/449-6252, fax 619/449-6470, Web site

The 10th anniversary Four Wheel Drive Hands On Safety Clinic will be held May 2-3 at the Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area in California. Esprit De Four will provide classroom instruction; stair step, frame twister, and hillclimb exercises; and trail training. Contact Eric Osborne, Safety Clinic Chairman, 510/794-9067, Web site

Feb. 28 Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium
Mar. 28 Los Angeles Los Angeles Coliseum
April 11 Albuquerque New Mexico State University Stadium
May 16 Seattle Tacoma Dome
May 23 Denver Mile High Stadium
TBA Tempe (near Phoenix) Sun Devil Stadium

Cars Of The Stars
The Oct. '97 issue of In Style magazine features a special section called Star and Driver, which includes a Who Drives What list. So, who does drive what? Among In Style's revelations:

Andre Agassi Hummer John F. Kennedy Jr. Pontiac GTO convertible
Tim Allen Corvette Olivia Newton-John Ford Explorer
Drew Carey Mazda Miata Brad Pitt Ford Explorer
Kevin Costner Shelby Mustang Dennis Rodman Hummer
Ellen DeGeneres '71 Mercedes David Schwimmer Ford Bronco
Johnny Depp Chevy truck Alicia Silverstone Land Rover
Hugh Grant Volvo 960 Steven Spielberg Toyota Land Cruiser
Michael Keaton '56 Ford pickup John Travolta Rolls Royce

Fun Facts to Know and Tell
Stuff to Make You Look Smart
•Maker of first Jeep: American Bantam Company
•Where first Jeep was made: Butler, Pennsylvania
•Upholstery used in the '30s and '40s: Mohair and Bedford cord
•Company that has made engines for land, sea, and air: Mercedes
•Land, sea, and air are represented on Mercedes in what way: Three-point star
•Color of the first tires: White
•What the BMW logo is designed to represent: A spinning propeller
•The company that made both guns and motorcycles for WWI and WWII: Royal Enfield
•The first motorcycle brand made in Japan: Harley-Davidson

Could the Government Take Away Your Beater?
H.B. 549 has been introduced in Ohio to allow township zoning inspectors to remove "junk" vehicles from private property, and then obtain a salvage certificate of title and scrap the vehicles as part of the township's nuisance abatement authority. Under the bill, the zoning inspector would notify the owners or lienholders of confiscated vehicles by certified mail, who could then reclaim the vehicles upon payment of any expenses incurred during its removal and storage, by presenting proof of ownership.

Inspectors would be allowed to dispose of unclaimed vehicles to salvage dealers or scrap-metal processing facilities or to sell the vehicles at public auction. Owners or lienholders whose last known address is the same as the address from which the vehicle was removed would not receive notice of the vehicle's removal and could not reclaim it.

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