For 23 years, Splash N Dash Car Wash & Lube has washed, detailed, and fixed up vehicles from its retro, yellow service compound. Automatic tunnels lavish cars with tri-foams, clear coat, and conditioners, and rigorous detailers shine fa?ades with Blue Coral waxes before restoring cabins to pre-carpool condition with interior shampoos and upholstery treatments. Onsite mechanics flush residue and Crackerjack prizes from stagnant transmission and cooling systems, and dispatch standard, synthetic, and diesel motor oils to mediate between friction-filled components. Customers flop down on plump leather couches inside Splash N Dash's waiting lounge, where flat-screen TVs and a small convenience store distract car owners from their desire to peek at their cars in the shower.
Rustic charm meets opulent décor inside The Old Warsaw, where white tablecloths and burgundy drapes mingle with chandeliers and grand paintings, setting the scene for decadent plates of French continental cuisine honed over six decades. Dishes range from classic French fare such as escargot and chateaubriand to braised pheasant and roasted duck, all of which can be paired with any of 460 wines procured from regions such as Europe, North America, and South America. As diners sample rich seafood crepes and lobster bisque, live musicians tickle eardrums with soft melodies, special songs for birthdays and proposals, and occasional legal advice.
Magic Car Care’s troupe of auto experts outfits rides with entertainment and comfort amenities including window tints, alarm systems, and sound systems. Pulling from product lines by Kenwood and Sony, technicians enhance on-the-road entertainment by installing iPod hookups, subwoofer boxes, DVD players, and small bunk beds for live-in disc jockeys. Techs also survey vehicular innards to ensure cars run in tip-top shape, changing oil and conducting state inspections.
The Dallas Auto Show celebrates it 30th anniversary in 2011 by showing off 700 of the world’s newest cars, trucks, and SUVs from more than 30 manufacturers, a showcase of vehicular innovation covering more than half a million sprawling square feet. This year's Dallas Auto Show sports a group of green exhibitors, with manufacturers highlighting planet-pampering hybrids, such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and Toyota Prius V. Automotive enthusiasts of all ages can spend hour after hour kicking tires, smelling new-car smells, and learning the ins and outs of the latest produce from the world's foremost car farmers. Autophiles looking for a more active experience can take part in the all-new ride and drive event, during which attendees can get their kicks behind the wheel as they test drive new road-rompers from Ford, GM, Kia, Toyota, and Subaru. Cameras and video recorders are allowed inside the fest, helping guests preserve their memories, enhance their online dating profiles, and remind their old family wagons that they can be replaced.