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duPont REGISTRY’s November Cars and Coffee

Bryce Womeldurf December 19, 2014 All Things Hoon, Car Shows, Cars and Coffee 13 Comments

Lamborghini Huracan

The recent November edition of the Cars & Coffee car show at duPont Registry of St Petersburg, Florida was a great mix of classic beauty and in-your-face exotics. Some regulars were recognized from my last trip to the registry back in 2011, along with a few cars that are just now beginning to trickle out of Europe and Japan.

Hennessey Viper

The factory Dodge Viper wasn’t fast enough for this owner, who went the extra mile of adding what appears to be Hennessey aero upgrades and (also possibly from Hennessey as well) a Paxton Novi 2000 supercharger.

Paxton Novi 2000 supercharger

R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R

Little did the kids attending the show know it, but amongst the S2000’s they were pining over, was something much more rare. A street-legal and plated R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R sitting on SSR wheels. Somehow, a number of these have made it onto the streets of Florida before hitting 25 years old, as I’ve seen more of them than the R32, which as of this year can be legally imported and registered, or the R34. They were likely either made legal by MotoRex or are registered as show and display vehicles.

AMC Javelin AMX and '39 or '40 Mercury coupe

Nearby, some American classics sat including an AMC Javelin AMX, a ’39 or ’40 Mercury coupe, ’55 Bel Air and a Factory 5 Shelby Cobra replica. Believe it or not, the replica was old enough to have antique plates.

'55 Chevy Bel Air

Factory 5 Cobra replica

Austin Healey

Dodge Dart Swinger and Corvette Stingray

Inside the building, there was a small collection of classics, like the Austin Healey, Dart Swinger, Corvette Stingray, ’28 and ’29 duPont convertible coupes, the venerable Toyota FJ40, alongside some Jeepsters from the ‘50s.

duPont convertible coupes

Toyota FJ40 and Jeepsters

Cadillac Fleetwood convertible

On the other side of the room, flanked with toys (for tots) and driven by Santa, sat an iconic pink ’59 Cadillac Fleetwood convertible. Then, at the end was something I’d heard of but never seen in person, the pint-sized Fiat Jolly.

Fiat Jolly

Fiat Jolly dashboard

Fiat Jolly logo

Lamborghini Huracan

Lamborghini Huracan interior

The stars of the show were the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 and an old Porsche 2.7 Carrera RSR.

Porsche 2.7 Carrera RSR

It’s normal and expected that you’ll have to wait to get the shot that you want at shows like this, for that perfect moment when no one is between your lens and the car. This was especially true for these two cars. It was a whole lot of waiting, but seeing the finished photos, it seems to have been worth the wait.

Porsche 2.7 Carrera RSR engine

Porsche 2.7 Carrera RSR

On the way out, I caught some nice examples that either were parked outside or that I had just missed in the show.

VW Beetle
Classic VW Beetle with a roof rack and period-correct luggage

E24 BMW 6 series
E24 BMW 6-series on newer BMW wheels

Dodge Coronet
Rusty but running Dodge Coronet on what appear to be late model Dodge wheels

1984 Porsche 930
1984 Porsche 930 in beautiful condition

Porsche 930

BMW Alpina Z8
This Alpina BMW Z8 had evaded me at a show a couple of years back. I actually found while editing, it in the background of a photo of a Corvette. I was not going to miss it this time.

Checker Marathon taxi wagon

Last but not least, the Checker Marathon taxi wagon! I plan on returning to the duPont Registry’s Cars & Coffee soon. This time, without letting years slip by. If you’re in the area, their last show of 2014 is tomorrow morning.

Photos Copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Bryce Womeldurf

View the full photo album of this event on Flickr

  • "…or are registered as show and display vehicles."

    Not the R33 GT-R. It is specifically included on the current list of vehicles deemed ineligible for show or display status.

    http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/ShoworDisp

    My guess is the answer instead pertains to the word "Florida."

    • I didn't know that about the R33, but people do get away with registering some pretty wild vehicles here, so you're probably right. On the one hand, I'm sad to learn that, because the R33 is my favorite generation of the Skyline GT-R, but on the other, it's apparently not stopping too many people. I'm also kind of bummed to see the Lotus Elise S1 on there. GranTurismo turned me into a fan of that one as well.

    • BSS

      That list was made by people who know and care, but are on the wrong side of right and wrong.

      It's like they exist to prevent us from having nice things.

  • Preludacris

    Well captured – feels like I could reach out and touch these cars through my screen.

    • Thanks, I've been practicing with a new camera, the Nikon D610. This was the first show I shot with it. It captures really nice depth and rich colors.

      • Preludacris

        Nice choice. I'm still shooting with a zombie D80, when I do.

        • My main rig is still the D90. I mainly use the 610 for work, but on the weekends it's nice to practice with. Eventually I'd like one of my own.

  • BSS

    Hooniverse bonus question, what are the other two cars pictured with the Checker Marathon?

    • Preludacris

      I'm thinking maybe… Camry? And the blue Mustang that shows up in a couple other shots.

      • I'm not sure on the white car but I know what the blue is. Not a Mustang.

        • Preludacris

          My other guess would be… Chevelle? I'm too young and import-loving for this.

          • You were close to the right shade of blue with the Mustang, but it was on a Pontiac GTO Judge.

  • Synchromesh

    Some cool cars there. But I find it funny how that hole in Florida looks nothing like the real St. Petersburg.