Spring 2016 Caffeine & Carburetors: An Overwhelming Morning of Car Show Perfection

lede2.2 I’ve been very lucky to experience some incredible car shows over the last few years. From Lime Rock’s Sunday Royals to a private to local Cars & Coffee Sunday morning meetups to a cameras-forbidden event at an undisclosed location with more exotics, rarities, and one-of-one’s than I can possibly remember, I’ve witnessed some truly amazing exhibits of speed and style that were as shocking in the moment as they are to remember. Even the NYIAS is a spectacle in itself, with the show consuming the entirety of the Javits Centers, but it wasn’t until this past Sunday that I went to a show that wholly overwhelmed me. I’d heard about it, read about it, and seen pictures of it, but it truly is something that needs to be seen to be believed. Nestled into the small town of New Canaan, Connecticut, twice a year happens a car show so big that it takes up the majority of the downtown, forces road closures, and requires police to direct traffic, both foot and vehicular. With thousands of people enjoying the scenery, the absurdity of Caffeine & Carburetors is something that put me in a full state of shock and awe from the minute we arrived. Hundreds, if not thousands of cars, from exotics to sports cars to rat rods to muscle and imports and off-roaders and everything you can possibly imagine in-between, it’s what I can only describe in one word as overwhelming. To cover everything in the 830-11 AM show hours is nearly impossible if you care to look closer than a brief glance, but I did my best and had my camera with me to attempt to document it. I’ve included a few notes here and there, but for the most part the following is simply pictures of the cars that made the show so special. Note that all photos are unedited, taken by yours truly, and it’s clear I don’t know my way around the Nikon D80 very well. The pictures appear in the order which I saw the cars, and though I tried to capture a bit of everything, from the vintage to the exotic to the oddities, it was actually impossible to do so with crowds and the likes. There’s some tidbits about some of the various vehicles I came across throughout the day, but for the most part it’s just photos. Enough with the words; I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Real quick though…one of the best things about big car shows like these are the parking lots. When the car show lots themselves overflow, the lots themselves become a psuedo-show as well, and some of the gems you spot hidden between civilian cars are worth the time not spent at the “show” itself. DSC_0552 DSC_0553 DSC_0563 DSC_0567 DSC_0578 DSC_0580 DSC_0584 DSC_0600 Bikes, too! DSC_0606 Clownshoes everywhere… DSC_0607 DSC_0617 DSC_0619 Spoke to the owner of this RX-7, who has had it for a while and loves it to death. 125k miles on the body (I forget how many on the motor), but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it. It has a few JDM items but is otherwise stock, and is a gorgeous example of a car too often modified and too rarely left the way Mazda intended. DSC_0621 DSC_0631 DSC_0633

Something about this color combo was extremely attractive, though I’m not sure what it was or why:

DSC_0635DSC_0634   DSC_0638 DSC_0647   Dig the plate… DSC_0652 One of the nicer F-Bodies I’ve seen: DSC_0657 DSC_0659 DSC_0661 DSC_0670


The LFA is one of those cars that has a presence to it that’s indescribable. Proof that all-out speed isn’t everything, I suppose. Also speaks well for it in that it was parked in an alley, behind a building, and still drew a sizable crowd.

DSC_0695 DSC_0725 DSC_0727DSC_0722 DSC_0733 Huayra! The Pagani easily had the biggest surrounding crowd of the day, and for good reason. The interior alone is to die for… DSC_0754DSC_0756 DSC_0760DSC_0762 DSC_0764DSC_0769 DSC_0787DSC_0759 DSC_0777 The sticker on the bumper reads, “got tetanus?” DSC_0782DSC_0793 DSC_0799DSC_0801 DSC_0804DSC_0808 Gotta love the variety…and the contrast… DSC_0805 DSC_0810 DSC_0812DSC_0814 DSC_0827DSC_0831 DSC_0834 E30 M3 built/painted to mimic an the Lime Rock Park Edition E92. Same paint, same stickers; beautifully done. 1000/100, would hoon. DSC_0835 DSC_0837DSC_0844 DSC_0838DSC_0847 DSC_0853DSC_0851 DSC_0849DSC_0855   DSC_0856 The famous Porsche 964 belonging to Larry Kosilla of AMMO NYC. Not only is the car itself incredibly well built (and detailed, of course), but Larry is a genuinely nice guy and a serious car fanatic as well. This was the 3rd time I’ve met him and he continues to be extremely down-to-earth and good fun to talk to. He has stories galore, certainly knows his stuff, and is always game to talk to fans about anything from detailing to racing to the other guys he’s close with in the wide world of auto media. That he pulls a small trailer for his race tires and was going straight to the track after the show is a testament to how serious he is about cars, and that he took the time to talk about everything under the sun with me and my buddy Dom for about 15 minutes was a real treat. DSC_0860DSC_0868 DSC_0870DSC_0873 DSC_0880DSC_0881 DSC_0883 DSC_0890DSC_0893 DSC_0899 DSC_0906DSC_0908 DSC_0913 DSC_0914 DSC_0917DSC_0921 Great dash on an original Shelby G.T.350 (if you can read it): DSC_0922 DSC_0924DSC_0925 DSC_0928DSC_0929 To say there were a lot of people in attendance would be a massive understatement. Just how many I’m not sure, but it must have been deep into the thousands. DSC_0931DSC_0932 DSC_0936 DSC_0942 As I was saying, the parking lots themselves become car shows as well. It continues: DSC_0943 The retro wheels on this HHR looked fantastic. I was never a big fan of Chevy’s PT Cruiser derivative but this one, especially since it was an SS, was as good as the HHR gets. DSC_0944DSC_0945 DSC_0946 DSC_0947 Couldn’t not stop and take another picture of the Ford GTs…spent a little while longer wiping up the drool… DSC_0950 DSC_0952 SLR McLaren wheels on a Volvo?  Sure, why not. DSC_0954 DSC_0955DSC_0956 DSC_0957 DSC_0960 DSC_0961 Not sure why, but something seems proportionally off about the F-Pace in person. I reserve right to change judgment upon seeing it in another color.  It maybe looks a bit like an over-inflated Cayenne/Macan?  Weird, but still attractive. DSC_0963 Love this sticker… DSC_0964 …and the license plate isn’t bad either (nor is that it’s boosted). DSC_0967 DSC_0971DSC_0975 DSC_0974 DSC_0978 DSC_0979 DSC_0980 DSC_0984 Cars, trucks, bikes, and…tractors. Yes, two tractors. Apparently the green one is owned/operated by the town fire marshal, so it was no surprise to see him driving it down the street at the end of the show. DSC_0986 DSC_0989 DSC_0990 DSC_0991 DSC_0993 DSC_0995DSC_0996 DSC_0998DSC_1001 DSC_1000 DSC_1003DSC_1004 DSC_1002 More Clownshoes!  They were everywhere! DSC_1005 DSC_1006 DSC_1007 At one point a few years ago my best friend had a Saab 9-2X Aero, so I’m always happy to see one out and about. This one, on gold wheels, was no exception. Bonus Aztek parked next to it. DSC_1008 DSC_1010 DSC_1011 DSC_1012DSC_1013 (2) DSC_1014 DSC_1015DSC_1016 DSC_1017 DSC_1020 One of my oldest automotive memories is of my dad telling me about his brown 1977 Trans Am, which he still talks about regularly. There are stories galore to go along with that car, but he mentions time and time again how the best color for the T/A was a beautiful blue, so it was great to see one just like he has always described. I’d love to buy one someday and give it to him…that would be the best. DSC_1021DSC_1022 DSC_1023DSC_1024 DSC_1025DSC_1026 DSC_1027 DSC_1028 DSC_1029 DSC_1030 DSC_1031 DSC_1032 DSC_1033 Makes me wish I had never gotten rid of my red E30… DSC_1034 DSC_1035 DSC_1036DSC_1037 Not car related, but this was seriously the biggest, most muscular dog I’ve ever seen. Looked like it had been fed steroids all its life, but it was friendly and preferred slobbering all over the pavement to interacting with anybody who dared give it a scratch or rub. DSC_1039 DSC_1040 DSC_1042 DSC_1043 DSC_1044 DSC_1045 Hammer! DSC_1046 DSC_1047 DSC_1048 DSC_1049 Again with the parking lots… DSC_1050 Casual lot-parked Viper… DSC_1051 ….and a casual gas-station parked 912: DSC_1052 DSC_1053 DSC_1054 Volvette! Corvette engine in a Volvo wagon. Quiet, subtle, and unless you know…you wouldn’t know. Total sleeper status, and absolutely perfect. I’d happily drive one of these every day, no questions asked. DSC_1055 DSC_1056 DSC_1057DSC_1058 DSC_1059 Surprisingly many of the show-goers and entrants left by 1030am, but not having covered everything we ended up wandering until around 1130. One of the perks of staying late is hearing everything leave, including this Ferrari race car, which was among the loudest vehicles I’ve ever been around. Just to hear it was amazing in itself, but to see it drive up/down the street and through a parking lot was a spectacle as well. DSC_1060DSC_1061 The happiest of roadsters: DSC_1062 DSC1009 Caffeine & Carburetors is a bi-annual event that every car fan in the area needs to go to.  Usually I’m hesitant to say *need to*, but this is a seriously impressive meetup that is worth every second of time spent there.  You can see more in a few minutes than you regularly see in weeks or even months, and for that it’s both satisfying and rewarding.  I’m eagerly awaiting the fall show, and next spring’s as well.

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