Cars and Coffee, Montrose, February 20, 2010

Cars and Coffee

This week we decided to head north, rather than south and check out the Cars and Coffee going on in Montrose. Being 10 minutes from Chez Mad_Science, rather than 45 to Irvine certainly helps. Last night’s rain meant a lot of would-be attendees went to bed thinking they’d just skip it, only to awake to clear skies this morning. Turnout was low, but a few late arrivals picked things up. Hit the jump for lots of pretty pictures.

Kurtis (1)
The first car we spotted on the way in was this Kurtis racer decked out in Carrera Panamericana livery. Based what we can find about it online, it’s probably priceless. Everything about it was serious business.
Rolls Royce (4) Rolls Royce (13)
That said, the Serious Business Award goes to this Rolls. It’s more or less perfectly restored, and has quite the presence.
Healeys Galore (13) Healeys Galore (11) Healeys Galore (18) Healeys Galore (15) Healeys Galore (3)Healeys Galore (1)
By any measure, February 20th was Austin Healey Day in Montrose. With the light turnout overall, the five or six Healeys were a force to be reckoned with. The two-tone wins pretties paint job, and the red one blew our minds with its perfect trim and interior.
Sprite Rotary (2) Sprite Rotary (4)
Why is this Sprite smiling? Because it’s been reinvigorated with a little help from Mazda. The owner was saying the 12A swap required absolutely no cutting, and the car still handles as well as ever. Seriously, it looks like it’s supposed to be there.
Fairlane 500 (2) Fairlane 500 (4) Fairlane 500 (5)
This ’64 (?) Fairlane 500 sports a 260 and three on the tree. Squeaky clean interior, purty paint and yellow rally lights for the win.
Mustang and Matador (1) Mustang and Matador (2) Mustang and Matador (3)
The Mustang-Maverick juxtaposition was good for a laugh.
Cougar XR7 (1) Cougar XR7 (6) Cougar XR7 (2)
Sweet, a Cougar, we thought. Closer inspection revealed it to be a 428 (“7 Litre”)-powered XR-7 in impeccable condition. Rowwwr!
Lamborghini Countach LP400 (1) Lamborghini Countach LP400 (5) Lamborghini Countach LP400 (8) Lamborghini Countach LP400 (6)
Early Countachs are so much cleaner. Out of the corner of my eye it almost looked like a Pantera. No 351c here: 6 carbs, 2 distributors and 12 cylinders. I almost asked the owner what year it was.
Mustang SVO (1) Mustang SVO (3) Mustang SVO (6)
Here’s another car that just got awesomer the more we looked.  It’s an 85.5 SVO in absolutely perfect condition: 17k miles, and not a scratch or crack in any of the plastic. The cool thing was just how proud of it the owner was. He’s a dedicated SVO guy, and bought this car two days after he heard about its existence.
Check out the pictures in the gallery below, or hit them up on our (newly created) Flickr stream.

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  1. DeadinSideInc Avatar
    For more on the Kurtis.
    And yes, they are Luchadores!

  2. DeadinSideInc Avatar
    For more on the Kurtis.
    And yes, they are Luchadores!

  3. blueplate Avatar

    Hey, Mustang guy repainted his license plate black. And that's a Maverick, not a Matador. 🙂

    1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

      Shhh. Break it to him gently.

    2. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Guh…day started too early.
      Not enough coffee.

  4. highmileage_v1 Avatar

    Stellar, absolutely stellar. Mr Mad_Science's pic's deserve to be in a large, glossy, coffee table book.

  5. RacinG73 Avatar

    I like the Mustang next to the Maverick… but what's that on the other side? An 80's Dodge extended cab? Also, that Cougar can park in my garage any time….

    1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

      Good catch on the Dodge truck, I saw that too. I have no idea what year it is, those weren't updated very often.
      (I like the Maverick next to the Mustang) Yeah, I know I've got problems.

  6. FAЯT SMUCKEЯ Avatar

    Where does the guy with the LP400 put his wheelchair?

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Before operating hours on the movie theater whose parking lot it is.

  7. lilwillie Avatar

    ugh, so painful to look. Two more months at least before the weather allows beauty's like this to come out and play.

  8. CptSevere Avatar

    Man, that Kurtis is gorgeous. That's worth an article right there.

  9. engineerd Avatar

    The spirit of Joe Lucas is alive and well in Montrose.
    Excellent assortment there. That Kurtis is droolworthy, and the Roller is class on a level not seen in decades.

  10. Buickboy92 Avatar

    Man, what an amazing place to go to! This is probably a silly question, but do you ask to take those photos or you just start taking photos of the cars? I haven't been to a car show in a long time.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      I've never asked permission at a car show.
      Usually they're happy to have the attention, and/or some sweet pictures of their car they could download later.
      As a general rule, under no circumstances is to cool to diss a car at a show. Either that car or the model in general. You never know where the owner's standing. The polite thing to do is just keep walking.

      1. lilwillie Avatar

        Smarter words have never been spoken. Praise is all that should be given out until the owner allows you to speak freely. The owners know your BSing but at least you are polite about it.
        I get it often. Praise and ass kissing until they realize I can take criticism from those that have put in the effort themselves.

  11. dustin_driver Avatar

    I absolutely love the blue-and-white Healey. So classy. So sporty. So yes.

  12. muthalovin Avatar

    Excellent. Sunday morning is complete. That Cougar makes me sweat…

  13. Lotte Avatar

    It just occurred to me that the front of the Austin-Healey Sprite looks like the ass end of an AC/Shelby Cobra, minus the headlights and grille…
    Just thought I'd share that, I dunno…

  14. Buickboy92 Avatar

    Man, what an amazing place to go to! This is probably a silly question, but do you ask to take those photos or you just start taking photos of the cars? I haven't been to a car show in a long time.

  15. rocketrodeo Avatar

    Pretty sure the Fairlane is a '63. The '64s lost the tailfins.
    Love the S'prize. Knew a guy who put the drivetrain from an automatic RX7 in his; said that he wanted the automatic for the larger brake pedal, so he could get both feet on it. I'd wanted to do the 12a swap to my beater '59 Bugeye, but I ended up selling it for another project car.

  16. Mad_Science Sr. Avatar
    Mad_Science Sr.

    Hey, you forgot to mention that Mad Science Sr. went with you! I had lots of great anecdotes about my youth related to the cars that were there. The Sprite, the Russian teacher, the mafia dad, Laguna Seca, and the affair was my favorite. Well, at least I thought they were great…..

  17. drama movie Avatar

    Excellent producing and I’m shopping forward to coming backside tomorrow.