Best of Show: The Final Cars & Coffee
All good things must come to an end. Many are surprised and disappointed that the long-running Cars & Coffee has abruptly ended with a surprise statement made at last Saturday's 12/20 show. We at DrivingLine share the sentiment, as we've been covering our favorites from Cars & Coffee Irvine each month almost since we began. What started as an informal parking-lot gathering in Crystal Cove, found it's home in the large, unused-on-the-weekends parking lots of the Mazda/Taco Bell/Ford corporate building in Irvine. What has always been an entirely free and volunteer-driven meeting of the cars each Saturday morning, has become too big for it's own good. While 12/27 was originally planned as it's final event, the unprecedented attendance on 12/20 led to the organizers releasing a statement (see below) cancelling the 12/27 event due to "attendance beyond our capacity to accommodate." The sheer volume on what was supposed to be the second-to-last Saturday was insane. Enjoy our following "Best of Show" and check back soon as we'll continue to see what alternate Saturday morning gatherings pop up and where the original C&C will resurface in the coming months. A testament to the overcrowding of 12/20's event, this 2015 Lamborghini Huracán was seen in the FOURTH lot. Not the Feature Lot, not the Over-Flow Lot, not the Spectator Lot...this is the building across the street where we park when Spectator parking is full. The walkways were busier than normal... One example of what we'll miss, where else do you regularly see such automotive awesomeness on a regular basis?!? 512 Crew. Black Ferrari Testarossa "512TR" next to it's older brother, the 512 Berlinetta Boxer. Taste the rainbow... Porsche's VW Bus followed by a Bugatti. Clean '15 Porsche Cayman GTS in white with black rims. Sweet motorsport-inspired Porsche 997.1 GT3RS on BBS Gold E88 Mesh. Walter's Porsche always brings out the cool Porsche Exclusive Colors. Sweet Porsche 991 with duck bill in Heritage hue. Another Walter's Porsche in exclusive garb. 991 with aero Kit in Mexico Blue. Crazy Ratrod - lots of details to check out on this one, checkout that moonshine in the rear... Nice Fuel tank! Bright red Lamborghini Aventador next to a bright orange McLaren MP4-12C - SuperCar goodness! We'll be seeing a lot more of these soon- the infamous Porsche 991 GT3. The JDM team was out in force, old school Datsun Z and R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R. I initially walked right past this 180SX but a second look revealed a Corvette motor! Blasphemy for some - just straight cool for most of us. Porsche 912 - Yes, 912. This was a 4CYL 911 at the time, an entry level way to get into the 911 series. Ferrari 430 Scudiera 16M... bellissimo. 2 more 991 GT3's from Walter's - the color masters. RS Orange looks great. Some 510 old school love. Nice Enkei Mesh wheels. Awesome Air-Cooled 911 - love this old school theme. Some good ol' American Muscle. This is the stuff we'll miss - a Bugatti next to a BMW E30 ///M3. There were so many feature cars, they had to setup an overflow lot across the street. Ferrari F12, Porsche 911 and a 997 GTS. NICE. Porsche 993 C3 and Rocket Bunny Mercedes CLK. Jaguar E-Type. Amazing. BMW Z8 Roadster. Nice Lotus Exige on some Volk TE37's. Nice Ferrari Family Hauler - the Ferrari FF. If Darth Vader drove a car, it'd probably be this sinister Mercedes SLS Black Series. Ultra Clean Porsche 964 on some custom set-up BBS Mesh. Rob from Crooks & Castles brought out his Lamborghini Aventador on some bronze HRE Classics. Great stance. White Porsches are IN apparently. Not the best way to go out - this Mazda Miata wasn't aware that the green was a yield to oncoming traffic apparently! A new location is still being discussed - in the meantime, stay tuned as we'll be attending some of the local meetups spawning from the abrupt end to Cars & Coffee.