We like to welcome our newest contributing author; Andrew Elliott from California. His first article is dedicated to the weekly Cars and Coffee event in Irvine, California. Please give him a warm welcome to GTspirit!
Every Saturday morning, just as the sun begins to warm the Southern California coast, hundreds of car enthusiasts are fighting off the aches of morning for one of the greatest car shows in the United States. The infamous, the original, Cars and Coffee. At its relatively new location in Irvine, California, the sleepy business park is awakened every Saturday at 6:30a.m. by the roar from hundreds of exotic motors, the likes of which can’t be seen anywhere else in the country. This weekly pilgrimage hosts anywhere from 100-250 automobiles, of all makes and models, rain or shine. Walking down the hallowed aisles, it isn’t uncommon to see some of the rarest cars, not just in the United States, but in the world. As a testament to the show, the first car show the Lexus LF-A ever “officially” attended was Cars and Coffee. The Scion FR-S? Yeah, it’s been there too.
This week we were graced with two (yeah, two!) Lamborghini Aventador’s, a handful of 458’s, Ford GT’s, a McLaren MP4-12C as well as a rare appearance from the boutique manufacturer Rossion, who brought their Q1. The Noble M400 also made a very brief showing, drawing the awe of the crowd. And for the discerning enthusiast, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante drew quite the crowd, despite being discreetly tucked away in a corner. Cars and Coffee is in a class of its own. It is one of the few shows where a gearhead like Jay Leno can bring his car down, and have more pictures taken of the car than of himself!
Sometimes we Californians forget how lucky we are to be immersed in the car culture like we are. Even with no less than 10 worthwhile car shows occurring seemingly every weekend, Cars and Coffee is still one of the best. Oh, did I forget to mention Supercar Sunday?