Cars and Coffee: December 5th

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Every Saturday down in Irvine, CA there’s a little gathering called Cars and Coffee. It’s an informal car show where you’ll see everything from LeMons cars to priceless vintage race cars — and everything in between. We fired up the Country Sedan and made the trip beyond the Orange Curtain to join Jeff in his Chavmobile. Hit the jump for lots of pretty pictures and some of our favorites from this week’s show.

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In it’s current condition, the Mad_Science Country Sedan isn’t exactly car-show worthy. Every panel’s dented, there are some surface rust issues, and I didn’t even bother to vacuum it out. But hey: it’s still probably the only 60s Ford Wagon there, right? Dang:

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Actually, my pristine ’68 Country Squire driving neighbor was a cool guy, and may have a bunch of spare parts for me, as well.
Not far down the row, both members of the local Vehicross Owners’ Society made a showing:
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Spotted the car-show ubiquitous GTo–whaaa?!
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There was an assortment of Alfas, one of which appeared to have a snail stuck in its exhaust plumbing
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Snails were everywhere, even infecting this otherwise nondescript 80s Buick:
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…and the engine bay of this helpless VW Transporter. Luckily, it had some friends around to console it (although they all looked pretty down):
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There was  a Lotus Cortina, rocking a classy paint and super-clean engine bay. It’s also the very car that shows up when you Google image search “Lotus Cortina”, on account of it having previously appeared on (and oddly enough, being from our home-town of Los Gatos)
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This Superperformance GT40 clone offered an important lesson about knock-offs and safety wiring. Hint: they’re color coded for a reason.
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While I just picked up my new future daily driver, I’ve already got a good idea for what might replace it: a BMW e9, aka CS, CSL or CSi 2800,  or 3.0. These things are gorgeous and just so happen to share lots of parts with early e12s (5-series) or certain e12 based 6-series. Are they reliable? Note the 400k mile example:
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Far and away, the most striking vehicle there was this unrestored (but apparently driven) early Ford Woodie complete with flathead V8. For a car to last this long without going to the crusher or getting all Beach Boys-ed out is truly mind-boggling
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Here’s the remainder of my shots. As I’m going through them I realize they don’t do a great job of capturing the scale of how many different cars were there. Luckily there’s friend-of-Hooniverse, who’ve got 747 pictures to share with you, or sell you for a small fee. Their collection is impressively comprehensive. For example, I somehow I managed to miss this Nomad prototype.
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  1. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Astute, you are.

  2. engineerd Avatar

    If your Country Sedan could sing, it might have taken something from Cavo:
    I need to see this show
    Don't take this too far now
    The cars seem so lonely without me
    Feel like you’ve seen the best
    Could have been the cool cars, the cool cars
    Could have been the coffee, the coffee
    Could have been the way you looked at me
    That told me we were going
    Could have been a bad ding, a bad ding
    Could have been the real thing, the real thing
    Could have been the way you looked at me
    That told me we were going to CnC
    By the way, does anyone know if they are having Cars & Coffee on 12/26 and/or 1/2? I'll be in SoCal for Christmas and would love to go.

    1. Novaload Avatar

      Hey, that Ford Waghoon IS one of the cool cars.

  3. om_nom_de_plume Avatar

    I would bet on the 1/2 show going down… though who knows 12/26 might happen as well, their boards are most likely the best source for that info!
    I am thinking I'll be around then as well! 😀

  4. engineerd Avatar

    Sweet! I already told Mrs. engineerd that I might disappear for a while one of those (OK, maybe both) days to go to Cars & Coffee.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      I may meet you out there… email me as we get closer…

  5. scroggzilla Avatar

    Of course, there are snails at a car show. After all, that's what makes the S car's go.

    1. Novaload Avatar

      Dang it, I was going to say that!

  6. muthalovin Avatar

    GTO-Snap! I need to go to a good car show. I really, really like those VW Buses.

  7. Texan_Idiot25 Avatar

    Just a pair of over head shots of the auto-crowd
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  8. Texan_Idiot25 Avatar

    Just a pair of over head shots of the auto-crowd
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  9. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    We're gonna do our best to make this a regular thing…provided I can maintain motivation to get up early enough to get a parking spot after driving ~50 minutes down from Northeast El Lay.

  10. SVT2888 Avatar

    Lazy bum! 😛
    My drive is worse as already duly noted. But then again, I've already been told a couple of times that I'm insane in the membrane.
    But then again I don't show my clunker so I don't have to worry about finding a spot.

  11. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell


  12. om_nom_de_plume Avatar

    I hope to have Dill back down in rotation soon!!

  13. LTDScott Avatar

    Hmmm I haven't been out there in a while. I'm girlfriend-less this weekend, maybe I might head up there.

  14. jeremy! Avatar

    pssssh. no troubles doing it here. only thing holding me back is hanging out in the lonesome ad c&c while you and jeff spoon in the uberbird!

  15. theeastbaykid Avatar

    Bring the Uberbird=Win the show!

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      it is my DREAM to drive that in there…
      Which E30 rolled at THill? They brough there car to C&C the week or so before the race…

  16. CptSevere Avatar

    I see what you did there.

  17. BrianTheHoon Avatar

    I hear ya, man. We actually had WATER FALLING FROM THE SKY in San Diego yesterday. And it was windy, too!
    Treacherous. Absolutely treacherous.

    1. lilwillie Avatar

      I spent a week there one night. Awesome City, went to MCRD for my brother's graduation and then partied like a rock star in the gas lamp district.

  18. jeremy! Avatar

    glop blft blab… turpig iz hurd…

  19. ptschett Avatar

    Now I feel better about Fargo's temperatures that are struggling to get into positive territory this week… the snow's only been enough to make the commute more entertaining.

  20. om_nom_de_plume Avatar

    *golf clap* there is a joke with that punchline… I've always been a fan.

  21. CptSevere Avatar

    Man, what a great collection of machinery. It's nice living where I do, I mean we have some pretty unusual local rides and plenty of interesting stuff passing through Tombstone, but never a complete spectrum of greatness like this.

  22. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    Bastard!!! You Bastard!!! 🙂
    Snow and sleet headed into Detroit tonight.