Terry Axelson's bright yellow "Banana Bike" (above) and Larry Fuente's "Cowasaki," a motorcycle covered with fake fur pelt and a cow's head, are enough to make viewers dream of adding wheels to any of their favorite things. Other cars veer less toward the literal and more toward the theoretical, like "The Truck in Flux" (created in the spirit of "elastic symbolism") or the existentially absurd, like the Cacophony Society mascot car "5:04 pm," which is still functional, despite having been crushed by the Loma Prieta earthquake. Those are some of the 100 vehicles to be parked at the three-day fest itself, where kids can help create an art car on-site and the Space Cowgirls will stage a fashion show amid the well-turned-out machines. Co-organizer Harrod Blank, whose new vehicle "Whoa Mamma" pays tribute to rock 'n' roll, will screen his documentaries Driving the Dream and Wild Wheels, plus his dad Les' film The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists. The exhibit opens at 7 p.m. Friday (and runs through Sunday) at Somar Gallery, 934 Brannan (at Ninth Street), S.F. Admission is $2.50-10; call 750-FEST.
-- Heather Wisner