Car Shows to Visit While in North Texas

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Get your engines revved up for some family fun at a car show near you. If you love classic cars or are just looking for something exciting to do with the kids, a great car show offers lots of fun at a low price. You can enter your own car and, with any luck, you’ll win some bragging rights.

Here are five family-friendly car shows cruising through north Texas in 2015.

Classics on the Square

McKinney, TX

On the last Saturday of each month, classic car owners and enthusiasts gather in Historic Downtown McKinney, TX to appreciate all types of classic cars and trucks. Hosted by the Morning Maniacs, the car show runs from 7:30-10:30 a.m. and is open to all ages. continue reading…

Perot Museum in Dallas - A Great Local Sight

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Dallas has a diverse selection of museums that can fit into any family’s vacation plans. Whether your family enjoys art, science, or history, these four museums will keep you interested for hours.

1. Dallas Museum of Art

Since its founding in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art has grown into an impressive institute hosting permanent collections including:

  • Ancient Mediterranean art
  • South Asian art
  • European art
  • African art objects
  • Decorative and design arts
  • Ancient American art

Some highlights from the collections include works by Claude Monet, Juan Gris, and Paul Cezanne.

The museum offers free general admission. Visitors may need to pay for special events, though, including the concerts, readings, and film screenings. continue reading…

Scion's affordable sports  car

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As you climb into your sensible sedan and drive to work, do you start dreaming about flying past other drivers in a shiny new sports car? Do you picture the wind in your hair as you cruise down the highway, with all the other cars jealous of your cool ride? You don’t have to break the bank on a sports car, and you won’t be stuck with a model with terrible MPG. Here are the top four picks on the road today.

2015 Scion FR-S

The Scion FR-S isn’t the fastest or most powerful car on our list, but it’s one of the most affordable at less than $30,000. With a flat-4 200-horsepower engine, the Scion is the car you take out on windy country roads because of its excellent handling. Engineers revamped the suspension system in 2015, giving it a more grounded feel and better steering than last year’s model.

Enjoy the fuel-efficient 25/34 mpg city/highway as you go from 0-60 in seven seconds, hitting a maximum speed of 150 mph. There’s no doubt that the Scion FR-S is one of the most efficient sports models on the market.  continue reading…

Amazing Police Cars from All Over the Country

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Police departments around the world have added supercars to their vehicle line-ups in recent years. While the purpose of some is mostly to raise public awareness about road safety, some are in use for regular police service. Here are just a few examples.

Lamborghini Gallardo – Italy

You’ll find this supercar patrolling the streets of Rome. With its 560 horsepower engine, the ability to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 203 miles per hour, criminals don’t stand a chance of getting away from this sleek cruiser. The Italian State Police received the Gallardo as a donation from Lamborghini.

Porsche 911 – Germany

While there are indeed speed limits on the Autobahn, at 80 miles per hour: that’s still higher than you’ll find on most American freeways and highways. The Germans needed a car that’s capable of patrolling the 6,800 mile stretch of freeway, and with its superior handling at any speed and awesome horsepower –the minimum horsepower for this model is 350 — the Porsche 911 suits this purpose very well.  continue reading…

Fantastic Oktoberfest Celebrations in the Lone Star State

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If you were to close your eyes and think of a state with a large German population, which would you imagine? New York, maybe, where so many immigrants land. Wisconsin, which has Milwaukee and the Brewers. Possibly Illinois, which has Chicago — one of the beer capitals of the United States.

Would Texas be on that list? Probably not, but it should be. Texas actually has a surprisingly rich German culture, which they celebrate with a plethora of Oktoberfests. Here are four such festivals that are definitely worth a visit (preferably with a designated driver).

1. Addison Oktoberfest

According to Addisontexas.net, the Addison Oktoberfest is the “most authentic Oktoberfest outside Munich!” continue reading…

Great Cars to Test Drive

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Tired of your Nissan Versa? Is your Chevy Malibu not cutting it? Daewoo got you down? While all cars serve the same fundamental purpose — to get you from point A to point B — some just do it faster than others.

Here, we’ll take a look at five cars men dream about driving.

The Italdesign Aztec

What looks like the DeLorean’s cooler cousin is actually the 1988 Italdesign Aztec, a concept car from the same design company that brought us the Volkswagen Golf. Its 197 horsepower engine seems tame compared to some other concepts, but clever engineering allows drivers to reach speeds over 150 miles per hour. The Aztec’s most distinguishing feature is its separated seating for driver and passenger; the two actually have to communicate via an electronic system. continue reading…

Great Towns to Visit in Texas

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Taking a road trip through Texas? There are thousands of unique small towns in the Lone Star State, so you won’t be short on options when looking for a place to lay your hat for a while. Here are five towns you should definitely drive to in Texas.

Rockport

Located 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, the town of Rockport boasts a picturesque setting along Arkansas Bay. The town is home to fewer than 9,000 people, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with an array of attractions to delight visitors of all ages. The beach and resident populations of whooping cranes and hummingbirds are obvious highlights, but you’ll also want to explore the art galleries and boutique stores in the heritage district. Visit in October to enjoy the town’s annual Seafair Festival. continue reading…

Great Sights in Dallas

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A road trip through Dallas offers some breathtaking sights, from tall skyscrapers to charming Southern homes. Without even checking into a hotel, there’s plenty in Dallas to keep a weekend jam-packed. Here are some essential spots you can pass by or park and tour when passing through the “Big D.”

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

A weekend trip through Dallas warrants a stroll through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Take Friday afternoon to tour this nationally acclaimed 66-acre garden, which rests along White Rock Lake and features exquisite floral displays and trees.

If you’re hauling children, they will especially enjoy the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, an 8-acre expanse with a waterfall, misters to stay cool, and 150 interactive exhibits that connect science and nature.  continue reading…

In Demand Classic Cars

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There’s a unique passion in a love of classic cars. They’re pieces of history and indicators of where the cars of the future would go, but they’re also beautiful works of automotive art and lots of fun to drive. There has been a resurgence in interest in classics from the 1960s and 70s lately. Here are some of the most sought-after classic cars today.

1. Early Chevrolet Camaro

The most famous battle for the hearts and wallets of American car drivers is, by far, the original competition between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Chevy released its first Camaro in 1967, introducing the world to a sporty, iconically shaped muscle car for the ages. The Camaro got a redesign for the new decade between the 1969 and 1970 models, and the later design proved less enduring. Collectors are now eager to get their hands on one of the 60s versions with its beastly V-8. continue reading…

Weather To Avoid Driving In

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A well-equipped car can handle many potentially hazardous weather conditions, from heavy rain to snow and ice. No matter how tricked out yours is, however, there are some conditions that you simply shouldn’t brave. If you encounter one of the following, avoid the roads when at all possible, and be prepared to pull over if the weather worsens.

1. Heavy Snow

Winter conditions are always tricky, but most are navigable. You can manage icy roads with slow speeds, and even correct a skid by pumping your brakes. The one condition that you should avoid driving in, however, is heavy snowfall. When curtains of thick snow are falling from the sky, it’s difficult to see, and the fresh snowfall can spell trouble for your car. When you’re stuck in a snowdrift, you often have to rock forward and back to get out, but this very action may damage your transmission. continue reading…