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Hundreds of cars, family activities, movie premiere rev up the weekend.

SALLY FORTH: For Cruisefest.
  • SALLY FORTH: For Cruisefest.

You don’t have to be a “gearhead,” as event founder Carol Dolan describes herself, to enjoy all the activities lined up for the third Sonic Drive-In’s Big Cruisefest, set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, around the River Market, the Riverfront Park and the Riverfest Amphitheatre.

From a kids’ parade in superhero costumes to hundreds of fancy cars, trucks and motorcycles to the appearance of more than 20 “General Lee” cars based on the auto star of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” the free car festival is expected to draw thousands of onlookers.

The show works its way down Markham to Robinson Center on Friday when “Dukes of Hazzard” TV star John Schneider will premiere his movie, “Collier and Company.” The screening begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $12.50.

Schneider plays J.R. Collier, a former race car driver who has decided to quit racing and start his own used car sales company with his former mechanic, Billy. Collier is also trying to talk his wife out of divorcing him, showing her he’s settling down with the new company. He doesn’t want to lose his wife or daughter Danielle.

Collier acquires his cars by racing their owners. Eventually, he lands a Ferrari that the previous owner wants back, a kidnapping takes place that Collier doesn’t know about, and hilarity ensues. The film has been described as being for the whole family, and proceeds benefit Little People of America District 7. Advanced tickets may be purchased by visiting www.starscarsandmore.com/collierandcompany.htm.

Schneider and many others from “Dukes of Hazzard” and his movie will be on hand starting at 10 a.m. Saturday for Big Cruisefest, the largest car show in Arkansas. Along with “General Lee,” TV fans can see the KITT car from “Knight Rider,” the “A-Team” van, and other movie and TV show cars. Dirk Benedict, who starred in “The A-Team” and “Battlestar Galactica,” will be on hand.

Among the car stars are cruiser flame throwers, hydraulics and neons in competition. Participants in the car shows can register for $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

Gates open at 8 a.m. both days, and close at 11 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Saturday. The “Cruisin’ Corral” kids parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday. Children can come dressed as their favorite superheroes and parade through the park, and all participants get a medal and goodie bag. Other children’s entertainers include magician Derrick Rose and Sweet-E the Clown leading the face painting.

Spectator admission to the Riverfront events is free. Call 370-3201 or visit www.bigcruisefest.com for more information.


CAR CRAZE

Hundreds of cars, family activities, movie premiere rev up the weekend.



You don’t have to be a “gearhead,” as event founder Carol Dolan describes herself, to enjoy all the activities lined up for the third Sonic Drive-In’s Big Cruisefest, set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, around the River Market, the Riverfront Park and the Riverfest Amphitheatre.

From a kids’ parade in superhero costumes to hundreds of fancy cars, trucks and motorcycles to the appearance of more than 20 “General Lee” cars based on the auto star of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” the free car festival is expected to draw thousands of onlookers.

The show works its way down Markham to Robinson Center on Friday when “Dukes of Hazzard” TV star John Schneider will premiere his movie, “Collier and Company.” The screening begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $12.50.

Schneider plays J.R. Collier, a former race car driver who has decided to quit racing and start his own used car sales company with his former mechanic, Billy. Collier is also trying to talk his wife out of divorcing him, showing her he’s settling down with the new company. He doesn’t want to lose his wife or daughter Danielle.

Collier acquires his cars by racing their owners. Eventually, he lands a Ferrari that the previous owner wants back, a kidnapping takes place that Collier doesn’t know about, and hilarity ensues. The film has been described as being for the whole family, and proceeds benefit Little People of America District 7. Advanced tickets may be purchased by visiting www.starscarsandmore.com/collierandcompany.htm.

Schneider and many others from “Dukes of Hazzard” and his movie will be on hand starting at 10 a.m. Saturday for Big Cruisefest, the largest car show in Arkansas. Along with “General Lee,” TV fans can see the KITT car from “Knight Rider,” the “A-Team” van, and other movie and TV show cars. Dirk Benedict, who starred in “The A-Team” and “Battlestar Galactica,” will be on hand.

Among the car stars are cruiser flame throwers, hydraulics and neons in competition. Participants in the car shows can register for $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

Gates open at 8 a.m. both days, and close at 11 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Saturday. The “Cruisin’ Corral” kids parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday. Children can come dressed as their favorite superheroes and parade through the park, and all participants get a medal and goodie bag. Other children’s entertainers include magician Derrick Rose and Sweet-E the Clown leading the face painting.

Spectator admission to the Riverfront events is free. Call 370-3201 or visit www.bigcruisefest.com for more information.


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