History may not record when and where the first Cars & Coffee event took place. I discovered my first one in Arizona about ten years ago. It was in a McDonald’s parking lot located on the corner of a large shopping center. Ferrari was that week’s featured marque. I also attended one in Florida in 2011 at a used exotic car dealership. This event is held once a month during the first three months of the year and includes a sit-down, made-to-order hot breakfast, not your typical Cars & Coffee menu.
A typical Cars & Coffee event is normally a casual, Saturday morning cruise-in at a designated parking lot, car dealership or collector car facility. Hopefully, the organizers have provided access to coffee and restrooms. Typically, there is no admission charge, no entry fee, no judging and no trophies but expect a lot of car talk. Sometimes there is a corporate sponsor that picks-up the tab for the coffee and pastry in exchange for a display of their products or services.
We got notice that Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (www.lingenfelter.com) in Wixom, Michigan plans to launch a Cars & Coffee event at its facility there and run it through late September. The early-morning gatherings will have free coffee and doughnuts catered by a nearby Tim Horton’s. This event is an opportunity for area auto enthusiasts to show off their own vehicles, mingle and covet some of the Lingenfelter creations that will be on display.
I attended an inaugural Cars & Coffee event recently in southwest Ohio at a car collector’s private storage facility, party house and retreat. The owners of “Horse Power Farm” estimated that there were about 100 assorted makes and models of cars in attendance. There were plenty of Corvettes, a handful of street rods, half a dozen imports, a 1935 Auburn, some customs and assorted performance and muscle cars. There was also plenty of coffee and Krispy Kreme Donuts courtesy of Hagerty Insurance.
My next Cars & Coffee will be on Saturday morning, April 26th in Dayton, Ohio at the shopping complex located at the intersection of Wilmington Pike and Feedwire Road. Dayton is a “car town” so if the weather is half-way decent, expect a large gathering of cars and car people. Go to www.daytoncarsandcoffee.com for more info.