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The Fast and the Futuristic

Where are the flying cars? Isn't it about time? Seriously, we're almost five years into the new millennium and by now we expected to be able to hover over the 836 "skyway" like the Jetsons. Perhaps the opportunity to berate those responsible will present itself at the 34th annual South Florida International Auto Show. While we're reasonably sure they will have no adequate explanation for their lack of aerial ingenuity, more than 1000 of the industry's finest will be on hand, no doubt regurgitating every car-salesman trick in the book. We can hear them now: "You want a car that can fly? Well, my friend, you'll feel like you're piloting a jet when you slip inside the cockpit of this $200,000 Ferrari."

While most of us will never be able to afford a car like that, we can indulge our fantasies of superstardom by being one of the 660,000 people expected to attend the show. Visitors can gaze at a wide array of automotive masterpieces such as the official showcar, the Volvo S60 R GT. This baby sports a 300-horsepower, 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, a wide track, and precise steering, enough to satisfy the most demanding of Miami drivers.

A new variant of road rage will take hold of those who miss this chance to steal a peek at some of next year's still unreleased rides. Mercedes-Benz, DaimlerChrysler, Bentley, and Ford are just some the companies unveiling new models. Everything from classics to concepts will fill up one million square feet of display space. For those who prefer their vehicles to be of the two-wheel variety, Motorcycle Row will no doubt send your crotch rocketing with satisfaction. A car boutique will be on hand to supply patrons with myriad accessories, and Million Dollar Alley will sport some the world's most exotic motor vehicles.


The 34th annual South Florida International Auto Show

at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach.

takes place from Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 14. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6 to 12. Call 305-447-1224 or visit


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