International Automobile Show
Spring saw warmer weather and the annual return of automobiles to the Big Apple for the New York International Auto Show. One thing we noticed about the new trucks and SUVs that debuted at the show was the consistently square, boxy, tough-guy image conveyed by the off-roady nameplates, Hummer and Jeep, and also by the latest minivan. Even cabs have jumped onto the flat-faced bandwagon.

Happenings
July 13-15
Columbus, OH
The Goodguys Nationals takes place at the Ohio Expo Center. The show-n-shine pre-registration costs $50 (or $40 for members), while spectator admission is $15. For more information, call (925) 838-9876, or go to www.goodguys.com.

July 15
Bristol, PA
Grounded 4 Life 1 Day Slam Car and Truck Show will be held at the Bristol TWP Municipal Complex. Preregistration costs $10, registration at the show is $10. For more information, check out www.Grounded4life.org.

July 20-23
Austin, TX
Texas HeatWave hits the Travis County Expo Center. The registration fee is $40, while spectators pay $20 for one day. For details, check out www.heatwaveinc.com.

July 28
Somerset, KY
Somernites Power Cruise is a rolling car show that starts in a number of cities at the same time and rolls into Somerset by the 28th. Starting cities include Nashville, Knoxville, Louisville, and Cincinnati. For more information, call (800) 642-6287, or go to www.somernitescruise.com.

July 28-29
Springfield, MO
Show-Me Showdown takes over Price Cutter Park. Preregistration costs $20, while registration at the show is $25, and spectators can pay $3 to $5, depending on which day. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. For more information, call (417) 861-2135, or send an email to lastingimpressionscc@yahoo.com, or go to www.lastingimpressionscc.com.