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This 1939 Rolls-Royce will appear at the Concours d’Elegance. This 1939 Rolls-Royce will appear at the Concours d’Elegance. (Michael Furman)
By Kari Bodnarchuk
Globe Correspondent / August 29, 2010

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More than 200 unique cars will be on display Sept. 12 at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance, including the legendary Rolls-Royce Phantom III Vutotal Cabriolet. This one-of-a-kind, custom-built vehicle appeared at the 1939 World’s Fair and was redesigned by famed coachbuilder Henri Labourdette in the 1940s. The concours includes judging classes for Porsche, Bugatti, period hot rods, barn finds, and custom cars from 1948-64. You’ll also find special collections of LeMans and Packards, and an exhibit that celebrates automotive aerodynamics. Show up on Sept. 11 for the Car and Motorcycle Club Celebration. Both events take place at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. 203-227-7988, www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com

Get a jump in San Francisco
Catch air in the city’s new indoor trampoline park, which opens Sept. 15 in a historic airplane hangar in the Presidio. The House of Air features the 2X Bowl, a freestyle trampoline structure with two three-sided bowls that’s modeled after skateboard parks; the Matrix, with 42 conjoined trampolines; the Colosseum, where you can try trampoline dodge ball and basketball; and the Air Junior Bounce House, an inflatable structure made for children that’s supervised by “air traffic controllers.’’ The park offers classes for walk-in guests of all ages, “air conditioning’’ fitness programs, and training for professional athletes. Rates are $14 per hour for open trampoline jump time and $10 for each additional hour; online ticket purchases can be made starting Sept. 1. 415-806-7285, houseofairsf.com

To the rescue in Louisiana
Stay at the Windsor Court Hotel anytime until Sept. 30 and a portion of your room rate will benefit marine mammals affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. When you purchase the hotel’s Louisiana Wildlife Package, $50 will be donated on your behalf to the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. This program, coordinated by the Audubon Nature Institute, has been designated the primary responder for the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of dolphins, whales, manatees, and sea turtles along the Louisiana coast. You also get a pelican stud pin, a Gulf Coast amulet, or an oyster with black pearl pendant, all made by renowned New Orleans artist Mignon Faget. Packages are $275-$315, based on double occupancy, with a minimum two-night stay on Fridays and Saturdays. 888-596-0955, www.windsorcourthotel.com

KARI BODNARCHUK