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Watch Us Test Drive the Weird Cars Texas Motor Speedway Is Bringing to Reunion Lawn Party

This Saturday there will be a bathtub in the middle of a downtown lawn. And what's more, it will move at speeds of 60 mph. Texas Motor Speedway is bringing a bathtub car, along with some of their other "no limits wild asphalt circus" cars, to the free Reunion Lawn Party beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This is the second summer Reunion Tower has thrown free monthly parties on the giant lawn in front of the building. The first one of the season went off in June. "We had three lawn parties last year and they were so successful that we decided to do three more this year," says Dusti Groskreutz, general manager of Reunion Tower.

Groskerutz used to work at Seattle's Space Needle, but moved to Dallas to helm our slender building topped with a viewing deck. She's trying to bring more attention to Reunion Tower with parties, festivals and charity events. "The tower reopened in 2013 and we just wanted to bring some energy down to this side of Dallas," she says.

So far her efforts seem to be working. In June, over 5,000 people came out to the lawn party, which always features food trucks, wine and beer for purchase, live music, lawn games and a collaboration with a Dallas icon. This month that icon is Texas Motor Speedway; next month it will be the Dallas Mavericks.

Fans won't be able to drive the cars Texas Motor Speedway brings on Saturday, but you can pose for pictures with weird cars including a recliner car, a motorcycle with a sidecar, a boat car, a bumper car and, of course, the bathtub car. 

"The bathtub car is pretty sporty," says Louis Mora of Texas Motor Speedway. "It can get up to 60 mph. When our drivers are in town for special events they enjoy taking that one for a spin."

On Saturday the Speedway will be promoting and giving out tickets to two upcoming events: the Firestone 600 event on August 27 and the AAA Texas 500 from November 3 to 6.

Among the 20 food trucks attending this go-round are Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, Cousin's Maine Lobster and Coolhaus.  Hannah Kirby from The Voice and cover band The Tin Man Band will also perform, and you can play corn hole or throw frisbees while you listen.

Groskreutz says the Reunion Lawn is an ideal site for events like lawn parties and the upcoming American Heart Association Walk and La Grande Fiestas Patrius. "What's a better lawn than the backyard of the Reunion Tower?"

The Reunion Lawn Party is Saturday, July 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 692 Sports St. The final party of the season will be held on August 27. Admission and games are free; food and booze is available for purchase. For more info, visit
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Caroline Pritchard studied English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and in 2012 returned to her hometown of Dallas, where she spends her free time seeking out new places to roller skate and play pinball.
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