In Pictures: Caffeine and Carburetors, 10/20/2019

The morning was cool, dry. People milled about; steam rolled off uncovered coffee cups. And then, from afar, a bird-scattering noise. The indiscernible bellow of an exhaust. Echoing off the trees. Forcing eyes and ears to turn. Commanding attention and alerting all present to the serious caliber of machine being driven in.

In the middle of a quaint Connecticut town, this early on a Sunday, it could only be one thing: the season ender of New Canaan’s Caffeine and Carburetors events.

What was the roar? A retired Lamborghini ALMS car? A straight-piped GT3? An Alfa rally car? Or maybe it was one of the other countless pieces of spectacular machinery present. It wasn’t; it was the Lambo. Desperately trying to keep it idling, the driver had to constantly rev the engine to keep it alive. Apologies were jokingly made, but nobody minded. The sound was beautiful.

The aurally loud was matched with the visually loud and the intrinsically interesting. Defenders, Porsches of every variety, Skylines, Mustangs, Corvettes, Lotuses (Loti?), BMWs to tickle every fancy, Dinos (yes, plural), NSXs, Supras, Audis, Land Cruisers, and so on. Something for everybody, as they say.

This was my first time attending the Waveny Park showing of Caffeine and Carburetors. It was completely unlike the show’s downtown hosting. The donated park now stands on the National Register of Historic Places, and for good reason. It’s an amazing landscape with a castle-like house as its main focus. It feels decisively Connecticut, which made the attending race cars and loud street cars all that more out of place. But the castle and grounds provide an excellent backdrop for what is an excellent car show. It’s a special venue for a special season-ending event.

Without me rambling any further, here’s what I saw in the order I saw it. Or at least in which it was uploaded, which as it turns out isn’t the order in which I saw it at all. Anyways, all photos were taken on my iPhone 8 and are unedited save for cropping and maybe an iPhotos Auto Enhance effect when the original was completely washed out. Without further ado….


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11 responses to “In Pictures: Caffeine and Carburetors, 10/20/2019”

  1. Zentropy Avatar

    What an awesome and diverse collection of cars! I wish there was an event like that where I live. Thanks for sharing all of the great images!

    1. salguod Avatar

      There are two cars and coffee groups in Columbus. The bring anything group that meets year round Saturday mornings at Lennox ( and the exotics focused group that meets monthly at various places ( The latter is somewhat close to this in spirit, the former is the one that I go to.

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        Thanks, neighbor! I’ll check them out.

        1. salguod Avatar

          Cool! I’m on the mailing list for the exotics group and their last meet for the year is Saturday 10-12 at Byers Imports.

  2. Kamil K Avatar

    I love that Fiat 131.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      Bet it makes some great noise.

  3. danleym Avatar

    That XJ220. One of my childhood heroes that I still haven’t seen in person.

  4. KentMB1 Avatar

    Wow, and not one single Pep-Boy’ed Charger or “Camero”! Very nice. Was there a bouncer at the entrance?

  5. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    Lovely stuff, and some unusual colors. I think that’s the first BMW 3.0CSL “Batmobile” I’ve seen without Motorsport stripes and the dark blue or black Dino is unusual too.

  6. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    It would be a tough decision between the 037 and the XJ220.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      Not for me. The Lancia, no contest.

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