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Popping My Cars & Coffee Cherry

Jim Yu April 11, 2012 Car Shows 25 Comments

The wonderful E30 M3 looks absolutely pedestrian next to the Aston Martin DBS.

Growing up in Irvine. California, in the 1980s, I never thought of it as a “car town”.  True, a large number of automobile manufacturers had offices in the Irvine Spectrum business park, but the people of Irvine drove boring Caravans and Camrys.  With Draconian rules like the prohibition on leaving your garage door open for more than 30 minutes and a phalanx of inspectors measuring the height of your lawn grass, I hightailed it out of there as soon as I finished high school.

But then, somebody decided to start gathering cool cars at Mazda HQ’s parking lot every Saturday morning.  Of course, I had to go home and check it out.

The cars on display were definitely diverse.  American hot rods, exotic Italians, and quirky British cars were parked side-by-side.  However, I would venture to guesstimate that nearly a third of the cars were Porsches, Corvettes, and Mustangs.

This Abarth Porsche was perhaps the most unusual car at the show.  (Keep in mind there was a Spyker and a Mercedes Evo II there as well.)

Another cool element of the show is the panoply of factory-owned cars on display.  Recently, Infiniti brought Vettel’s Red Bull. Last weekend, Subaru showcased its BRZ.  To be totally honest, I walked past the BRZ, thinking it was a Z4 coupe.  It was only when I noticed the small mob of fanboys gathered around the Subie rep that I realized this was the much-hyped-about sports car.

The crowd was grilling the rep in a friendly and curious manner.  Will there be an STI version?  What can TRD bring to the table?  What about a turbo version?

See what I mean about diversity?












More pictures here.
Images source: Copyright 2012 Hooniverse/Jim Yu
  • Savant_Idiot

    I live in So Cal and have attended many local car shows. I agree that this is probably the most diverse (and laid back) bunch of car loons by far…

  • mnm4ever

    I have never heard of a Abarth Porsche! Thats cool…

  • Scandinavian Flick

    These kinds of gatherings, where everyone is welcome, seem to be getting more and more common and popular lately, and I love it! The last one I went to was an informal gathering in a mall parking lot where hundreds of cars showed up. Everything from old school Japanese cars, to modern and classic mussle, to Lamborghinis and Ferraris, to HellaFlush VIP luxo cruisers… Something for everyone, and geared perfectly for people who like me who just love cars.

  • Nice Sonett, too.

  • You want to talk unusual? Check out this one I saw last weekend.
    <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-McSkJl_Zc7E/T4HVc6DTnBI/AAAAAAAAAWE/CCRaLozsz5s/s883/2012-04-08_13-13-25_220.jpg&quot"width=500&gt;

    Just been waiting for an excuse to post this.

  • I love the all inclusive car shows. Having something for everyone really makes for an awesome event, and just about everyone always learns something new.

  • M44Power

    Thanks for reminding me that I need a Jensen Interceptor, an older (air cooled) 911, a Subaru BRZ, and an Aston Martin… I need to start playing the lottery.

  • CnC truly is awesome. I'd love to go there more often but it's an hour drive for me. My inlaws live just up the road in Costa Mesa, so whenever I go up there I try to leave early so I can catch the show.

    • My only complaint is that it's too damn early. I had 2 hours of sleep and everything was a haze.

      • That too. I got there in my LTD before 7am once and the lot was already full. Then it's empty by 9:30. Damn crack heads getting up too early!

        Having said that, if I lived closer, I'd still wake up early to go.

    • sigh.. its been taking me an hour to show up as well. i have been very irregular in my attending.

  • JayP2112

    Love that last pic- basic, cheap transportation vs Piech's maniacal juggernaut.

    C&C is a great event. I hope my local event doesn't jump the shark with too many Mazda 3's displacing the late rising vintage hardware.

  • randomusername

    I want the Interceptor and the green 911. <img src="http://www.cncpics.com/2012/April/CarsandCoffeeApril072012/i-fFN3Rw2/0/M/DSC06208-M.jpg&quot; width="550" /img> http://www.cncpics.com/2012/April/CarsandCoffeeAp

    I suppose that Cars & Coffee could be compared to Helsinki Cruising Night in summer, the first friday of every month the city is full of american cars, and some of the few exotics we have here.
    Weirdly, this video starts with shots of a 355, Esprit, Caterham 7 and a Maserati 3200GT before cutting to the american cars. [youtube jzAM-VqzxnI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzAM-VqzxnI youtube]

    • SVT2888

      The green Porsche is actually a 912 😉

      Oh and well there's always a bunch of Porsche's in attendance, this past weekend we had even more since it was Porsche day. 🙂

      • randomusername

        It could be pedal-powered for all i care, it would still be awesome 😉

        Falsterbo Classic in southern Sweden is probably the closest thing to C&C i've experienced, dozens of classic Ferraris and Maseratis parked next to a Mini and a bus from the forties, full-size american cars next to Miatas and a few TVRs, Citroën breadvans next to 911 GT3 Cup cars and a Morgan 3-wheeler.. Gallardo next to an unrestored, mint Opel Ascona and a BMW M1.

        There was even a sprint race inside the village. [youtube VJCHoisAGug http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJCHoisAGug youtube]

  • CKallday

    I sell Volkswagens for a living and when VW gave us all a new 2012 TDI Passat to test drive people in 6 months before they were released I took it down to Cars and Coffee Irvine. I parked it next to a SWEEEEET 2004 VW Pheaton and people thought it was cool and completely shocked by the fact that when I showed them the trip computer and it showed 40.5 MPG average for the trip down to Irvine from Corona.

    My personal favorite though is my buddies 1986 Ford Escort Cosworth. It's such a sweet car and DEFINITELY not a commonly seen vehicle.

    • That's pretty cool that you get new cars that much before they're released and can take them wherever you like.

      Please elaborate on the Escort. I think you mean 1996 Escort or 1986 Sierra?