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What’s the first rule of 10 Habits of Highly Successful People Promoting a Television Show About Junkyards? If you can’t take your target audience to the junkyard, then goddammit, take your junkyard to the people. To wit: The Learning Channel has kicked off a made-for-the-mall promotional spinoff of Junkyard Wars—the show in which guys spend 10 hours in a junkyard and then battle each other in machines made out of scrap metal. Here, contestants are given 10 minutes to forge race cars out of rubbish. Conveniently, each pile of trash contains wheels, frames, and spare parts that (eureka!) yield jalopies in less time than it takes to cook a French-bread pizza. Participants then get to test their vehicles on the Junkyard Gravity Crash Course, a highly successful combination of “death drops,” “speed bumps,” and the all-important “Tunnel of Doom.” See if you can build a car big enough for the kids beginning at 10 a.m. (see City List for other dates) at Westfield Shoppingtown Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda. Free. (301) 469-6025. (Felix Gillette)

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