Car Watch

Roar with Gatsby's greatest

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Never been much for muscle cars. They're too cramped and compact; there's no automobile in those automobiles. Give me a classic 1930s Cabriolet, with its long, graceful hood, that glittering grill, those voluptuous rims. Now that's a car. That car is all romance and crushing steel. That car is so powerful and hulking you actually have to step up to get inside. There aren't many left these days, but fans can get their fill on Saturday when Texas Meet 2005 hosts a free exhibition of '20s and '30s automobiles at the Gaylord Texas Hotel from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit will feature one of the largest displays of vintage Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles, including Amelia Earhart's 1936 Cord (if only she'd settled for a long road trip...). Among those attending the exhibition will be Dallas residents Bill and Peter Hummel, grandsons of E.L. Cord, who not only invented the Cord vehicle but also laid the groundwork for locally based American Airlines. Afterward, should the mood hit, you can be whisked back to the fabulous Art Deco days of the Roaring '20s with a Great Gatsby Casino Gala, a black-tie event benefiting Attitudes & Attire, a nonprofit for economically disadvantaged women. With this much opulence, you can feel free to drink like Gatsby or dress like dapper Tom. Just don't drive like Daisy--it's been a long time since senior-year English, but I'm pretty sure that ended badly for her. Tickets to the casino gala are $150, which includes gambling, a 1930s dance, hors d'oeuvres and--but of course--cocktails. Call 972-354-0485 for tickets. --Sarah Hepola

Mark Andresen
A katydid
A katydid

Extreme Excitement

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Er, I mean Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! The world's fastest-growing motor sport, THQ World Supercross, will be coming to Texas Stadium, 2401 E. Airport Freeway West in Irving, to rock your socks and bleed your ears with the rip-roaring sound of monster machines. Check out the celebrities of so-called xtreme sports Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed, as Reed tries to hold onto his championship for a second year against the totally "xtreme-er" Carmichael, who has three championships under his belt. Sounds like one hell of a race. The main event starts at 7 p.m.; doors open with practice and qualifying at 12:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 to $40 with kids admission at $5. Check out www.supercross.cc.com. --Jonathan Freeman

Be a Pest

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My childhood neighbor squealed with delight at every creepy, crawling thing that crossed her path. Instead of a My Little Pony backpack, she carried a wire "bug suitcase" perpetually stuffed with roly-polies and daddy longlegs. I had Barbie ball gowns; she had cicada skins. I wished for a dream house; she loved the Dallas Zoo's spider exhibit. The zoo is still the No. 1 spot for bug-loving kids like her, and it's celebrating that with the grand opening of Bug U! with special activities from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. This new insect exhibit features native Texas species such as leaf-cutter ants, honeybees and tarantulas. Insect information booths and bounce houses are an added bonus for future entomologists. Bug suitcases are always welcome. Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway; call 214-670-6826. --Leah Shafer

Walk Don't Run

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They call it a walk to fight multiple sclerosis, but organizers are lying. It's more than a walk. It's a fun run and walk followed by free food, a blues concert, a jazz concert and a rock concert, and it will feature video games for the kids, large rocks to climb and something called a "moonwalking bounce house." Oh, there'll be a classic car show and a truck and motorcycle show, too. And let's not forget the lumberjacks who'll take a chain saw to a big hunk of ice and make art. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Addison Special Event Park at Quorum and Belt Line roads. Walkers are to raise at least $25 before showing. Call 214-373-1400. --Paul Kix

 
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