Cars and Coffee, The Best Place to Start
Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale, Arizona. March 8th, 2015
It seems like some of my busiest weekends start with Cars and Coffee. It’s a catalyst for events, it seems like the local community plans around it to make sure the day is full of things to do. So the first Saturday of every month, I grab my camera and head out at 6am to go overdose on some of the coolest cars there are.
One thing I always look forward to is the fact I’m going to see the latest and greatest there. It can be difficult to track down some cars in person, and the odds of sighting them in the wild is just so low. Not to mention the odds of me having my camera on me to shoot it is even lower. Which is why this meet is so great. I saw my first C7, my first F-Type, my first 918, P1, LFA, Hellcat, 4C and so on, at Cars and Coffee. If it’s new and expensive, it’s there.
But of course it’s not just the rich showing off their latest toys. While certainly there is a lot of new cars, there’s some old muscle, tuners and more. That’s part of the charm of the show too. The diversity there can be staggering. Caged and turbo charged Acuras? Sure. Old school quarter mile monsters? Yeah, of course. Last gen super cars? A dime in a dozen here.
Hell there was even a street legal Maverick cruising up and down the rows. It finally parked a few feet from the Marquee row, full of Ferrari’s and super cars. The lines here are blurred, everyone gathers just to enjoy cars and bikes, not any specific type. While shows that do cater to certain genres have their place, I think I prefer more diverse meets. It makes the car scene a lot more accessible to new comers, and a lot more fun for those of us who go to everything.
I’ve seen this Enzo a few times now, at this very event. It’s always a crowd favorite, and it’s swarmed within seconds of arriving. I was lucky to catch a few pictures of it rolling in before the crowds got too dense. I suppose that’s the downside of bringing a fixed 50mm lens, if there is any sort of crowd I can’t get a clear shot. That’s why arriving early and planning ahead helps get some good photos. By being one of the first people there you can see cars as they arrive, and follow them to where they park. There’s no pressure to see everything, since you have time.
I also love the tuners, and daily drivers that appear on the fringes of the show. While Cars and Coffee has an official “show area” of sorts, the reality is the whole parking lot turns into a show. This G37 belongs to a friend of mine in my car club, Street Refined. Hopefully I’ll be able to do a whole feature on this car in the near future.
There’s all sorts of styles represented on the outskirts, from wild stance to clean OEM. One of my favorites was the Sileighty. With clean S13s becoming more difficult to find, it’s nice to see one being well taken care of, and tastefully modified. I’d love to do a feature on that car some day, but I’ll have to track down the owner first. And that RX7? It looks like it just rolled off the line. I wish I could have captured the rotary buzz as it rolled by me.
Check out that guy, he was certainly a sight rolling in. Bikes are always well represented here. I wish I knew more about the lineup, beyond a hand full of super sport bikes I’m not great at identifying the classics. Even if they do ooze style. I keep telling myself that I’ll take the MSF Basic Rider’s Course soon, but that hasn’t happened yet. But who knows, maybe this site is all I need to finally take that step.
Near the end of the show I went back to my car to check what was going on. I thought I had parked far enough away to keep my beater out of the way, but I found the Fisker Karma club (and a LFA) parked next to me. I overheard a few people laughing about it, and I’d have to agree that it looked out of place. I just hope the Karma owners found it just as funny.
I took another lap, and soaked in the sights. Any one of these cars by themselves would make my day if I saw them on the road. You start to overdose on what you’re experiencing. A mint E30 M3, a widebody 964, an oldschool Diablo, and a donked Phantom. Where else would you see all of this in one spot? And that’s why I love this meet. I’m not a morning person, but I’ll gladly wake up at 6am to experience this once a month.
I took my last shots, and went to grab some breakfast with friends. That was only the beginning of my day, and Cars and Coffee is always a great start. It seemed like an appropriate first post for the site too. It’s a melting pot of car cultures, and allows people to experience a little bit of everything. In a way, I hope this site will do that as well. I like a little bit of everything, so I’ll do my best to represent that. Hope you enjoyed the first post!