Long ago in a land far, far away called Newport Beach a group of successful, wealthy men decided to hang out on Saturday mornings at a shopping center. They brought their Ferrari’s, Lamborghinis, Porsches, and rare classic cars. They chatted with each other about everything from politics to cars over cheap coffee. Occasionally a few others would come by to observe this weekly meeting and check out the cool cars. Fast forward a few years later and the event now dubbed “Cars & Coffee” has gotten so big that the event had to be moved to Mazda’s corporate campus in Irvine and on a given Saturday you can over 100 cars on display and enough spectators to fill up the Taco Bell office corporate parking structure next door. It is quite a thing to see and a few OEM’s have even used the event as a PR stunt to debut performance cars and other new models.
You would think that since I live in So Cal that I would have been to this event several times right? Wrong! Believe it or not after all these years I have never been to a Cars & Coffee meet. Until last Saturday that is. Yes that’s right on Saturday I woke up at 5:30am, hit the snooze, woke up again at 6am, hit the snooze again, then finally got out of bed at 6:30am and made the trek out to Irvine to visit my first Cars & Coffee meet! It was quite the sight to behold. Nearly every type of supercar from the last decade or so was there including plenty of classics. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find who was selling the coffee but I think I’ll figure that out when I go back next week. If you live in the So Cal area I highly suggest forcing yourself to wake up early one Saturday morning and making the trip out to Irvine to visit the event yourself. Rumor has it that the earlier you show up the rarer cars you’ll see in the lot. That means if I hadn’t hit the snooze button twice I might have seen a Veyron or Enzo! Oh, well there is always next Saturday.
If you need more convincing to wake up that early check out some pics from the event below and view the rest in our facebook gallery. Trust me, this is worth the early morning drive!