When folks talk about Cars and Coffee, they could be referring to any number of early-morning automotive gatherings that take place across the country. If they’re specifically talking about the Cars and Coffee that takes place every Saturday morning in Irvine, however, they’re talking about the greatest car show on the planet. It costs zero dollars to attend, features the most amazing machines you could possibly eyeball, and it’s been going on for years now.
I remember attending my first Cars and Coffee way back when it used to take place in front of a Starbucks in Newport Coast. Eventually the shopping center got tired of the gearhead gathering and put a stop to the show. It found a new home at the former Ford Premier Auto Group building, which is now owned by Taco Bell and shares a parking lot with the Southern California HQ of Mazda.
While I miss the intimacy of the original gathering, the larger lot affords a wider spectrum of mechanical masterpieces. I hadn’t attended in a few months so I figured it was time to grab my camera and make the trip down. I’d heard that a Koenigsegg would be making an appearance… plus I happened to have the keys to a Lamborghini Aventador for the weekend (more on that later).