Group 2 Austin Cooper @ Blackhawk Cars and Coffee Photos by Downshift.io
This 1962 Austin Cooper Mk. 1 Saloon was spotted taking up a ridiculously minuscule amount of space at Blackhawk Cars and Coffee. What's really cool is that it was actually a Group 2 rally car that raced in Europe in the 1960's and competed in at least 10 events.
The owners found the car in a Santa Cruz mountain's creek in 1998. It was rusted to death and actually had tree limbs growing through it. They discovered its racing heritage and restored it to the beaut' that it is today.
Renault 5 Turbo 2 @ Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo Photo by Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo
Named one of the "Top Sports Cars of the 1980s", this Renault 5 Turbo 2 was spotted at a Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo meet. The "GROOP B" plate hints at the model's history in the Group B class of the World Rally Championship.
The first 400 models of the Turbo 1 version were produced to comply with the WRC rules. The rules stated that cars competing in Group B needed at least 400 road-going versions produced in 24 months to be eligible for competition. This car was born out of racing - much like the E30 M3.
We aren't very familiar with Porsche 356's, but we knew this one wasn't stock. We love the racing livery, leather belt bonnet latches, and "X" tape over the headlights. If this example hasn't been raced, it damn well should be.
Now road legal in the United States, this R32 GT-R was spotted at 100|OCT's most recent Cars and Croissants event. While there were many supercars (including a Ferrari Enzo) and hypercars (McLaren P1 and LaFerrari) this elderly Godzilla consistently had a crowd around it.
Originally developed for the West German Army in the late 1960's, the "Thing" was eventually sold to consumers in the United States in the early 1970's. There were roughly 90,000 produced for the US, Indonesia, Mexico, and UK markets and it's rare to see one on the streets today.
And yes, the name of this car for the US market really was the "Thing".
Another vehicle we couldn't ignore at Cars and Coffee Folsom is this Honda-powered Classic Mini. These British machines were a blast to throw around corners, but were also terribly unreliable. Thankfully, Honda-powered swaps have become more readily available; making an already fun car faster and more reliable.
Here's a random, yet totally cool sighting - a right hand drive Audi RS6 Avant! This was spotted in the parking lot during a 100|OCT Cars and Croissants event. This could be the only one of its kind in the United States. Anyone know for sure?
“Pregaming” is a common phrase around college campuses today. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it means to party before the actual party.
The same is happening in car culture (but without the alcohol and drugs).
This leads to the introduction of the Bay Area Brakefast Rally; the show before the show.
It’s hosted by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and they average somewhere between 100-200 cars per rally. These rallies are held to gather enthusiasts before an event, such as 100|OCT’s Cars and Croissants or Cars and Coffee San Francisco, so that the group can drive into the event together.
The Bay Area Brakefast Rally was started less than a year ago by Tim and Stephanie Booth. They’re avid enthusiasts and active in the Bay Area car community.
If you’ve attended a Cars and Coffee event in the Bay Area over the last year, you’ve most likely seen Tim and his Viper (@5150vpr).
“The rally started out as a few people riding together because it's boring to drive alone and then over time it has grown into what it is today. Tim does what he does because he enjoys seeing other people who share a common interest in cars and driving come together and have fun and talk and become friends. We chose the name ‘The Brakefast Rally’ as a play on ‘The Breakfast Club’ because the rally attracts people from all walks of life and all sorts of cars and they come together over their love and appreciation of cars.
We would like to give a shoutout to those who have been a part of the rally from the beginning (they know who they are) and to everyone else who joins us on the rallies because there would be no rally without everyone’s support.”
- Stephanie Booth
All makes and models were welcome - from Mitsubishi’s to Maserati’s. Everyone was respectful of the cars and the property the rally was staged at.That’s especially important today as social media has allowed us to witness the many “fails” of people attempting to show off at car meets. Queue Mustang memes.
The rally provided a fun, laid-back atmosphere for enthusiasts to get together and form new relationships. A big thanks to Tim and Stephanie for inviting us.
Car shows in the Bay Area have been increasing in size exponentially - not always providing an opportunity to chat with the owners of the vehicles in attendance. It was nice being able to ask about the exhaust on a Z06, the wheel specs on a Viper, and the history of a first generation NSX before hitting the road with them.
Shortly before heading out, Tim thanked everyone one for coming and made the announcement that it was time to take over the freeway on the way to Cars and Coffee San Francisco.
Tim and Stephanie host an event that embodies the spirit and mission of Downshift - bringing enthusiasts together in person.
It’s not always easy coordinating, planning, and hosting an event or rally, but we appreciate those that do...
...because they are the ones that help keep car culture alive.
Tim and Stephanie would also like to thank the photographers and videographers who volunteer their time and do whatever it takes to get the great shots that they do.
Ferrari F40's @ Cars and Coffee Italy Photos by Cars and Coffee Italy
Produced in the late 1980's and early 1990's, the Ferrari F40 was the fastest and most expensive Ferrari of its time. There are roughly 1,311 of these examples in the world and Cars and Coffee Italy was graced with a slew of them at their most recent event. Also included in the Ferrari lineup was an F50, Enzo, and LaFerrari.
Luftgekühlt isn't a Cars and Coffee event, but we thought that we could make an exception for Bruce Canepa and his Porsche 959 considering there are only 292 of these cars in the world. Plus, the photos were from Cars & Coffee Aliso Viejo.
According to Canepa, this particular 959 features Canepa's "Gen III Performance Upgrade" which bumps the car's power figures to 763 horsepower and 635 ft/lb of torque. Mind you, this is in a late 1980's supercar. We have no doubt that it could easily outperform most modern supercars.
Luftgekühlt is a cool event in itself, featuring only air cooled Porsches. According to the write up on Cars & Coffee Aliso Viejo's page, "The 3rd annual celebration of everthing air cooled and Porsche. With Patrick Long, Jeff Zwart, Patrick Dempsey, Magnus Walker, Rod Emory, Bruce Canepa, Chad McQueen and Jerry Seinfeld."
It looks like Jerry Seinfeld, a huge Porsche enthusiast, and Bruce Canepa had lots to chat about.
Austin-Healey 3000 @ Cars & Coffee Richmond Photos by Mike Lee
Believe it or not, this car is roughly 50 years old.
And we're willing to bet that there aren't many humans that look this good at 50 years old.
This fine piece of machinery is an Austin-Healey 3000 that was spotted at a recent Cars & Coffee Richmond event. These cars have some racing heritage and were raced in both Europe and America back in the day. Today, you may see some on road courses during vintage racing events around the world and prime examples like this are fetching anywhere from $60K-$100K at auctions.
Seeing one as pristine as this is truly a rare sight!
Carbon fiber everything! This R33 GT-R was spotted at a Orlando Cars & Coffee event. These particular models were produced from 1995-1998 and came equipped with a potent 2.6L Twin-Turbo I6 engine - the infamous RB26DETT.
These engines are known for their love of boost and high horsepower.
What a joy it must be to hear and feel this GT-R spool up!
The owner of this 2005 Porsche Carrera GT brought their pride and joy to a recent Pittsburgh Cars and Coffee event. With 604 in North America and 1,270 worldwide, it's a rare sight to see one in person no matter where you go. Event: Instagram: @pghcarsandcoffee Facebook: Pittsburgh Cars and Coffee
Somewhere around 1,953 SuperBirds were sold in America and yes, the big wing was functional. In fact, a NASCAR version of this car hit 200mph.
"For nearly 30 years the mathematic formula used to determine the exact height of the enormous wing was thought to be a highly guarded Chrysler secret. However, in the 1990s a retired Chrysler project engineer admitted publicly that the height was determined in much simpler fashion: it was designed to provide clearance for the trunklid to open freely." - David Zatz
Blackhawk Cars and Coffee had a Hall of Famer in their presence.
Cars and Coffee San Francisco attracted over 1,000 cars for its April 2016 event. And while there were many standouts, like a Porsche 918 Spyder and a Toyota Supra that hit 190+mph in ShiftS3ctor's Air Strip Attack, this mid-90's M3 still garnered a lot of attention.
There was no shortage of variety in makes and models which meant one could easily spend an hour or two walking the parking lots filled with cars. There was also a variety of enthusiasts; from people interested in drag racing, drifting, and road racing. And of course there were car spotters looking for their newest hypercar Instagram picture.
This particular E36 M3 had an S54 swap from an E46 M3 along with many other track-oriented pieces. The RPF1's were a nice touch as well; JDM bits on a German machine were a welcomed sight.
And the carbon fiber LTW wing tied everything together.
Dodge Viper SRT @ Bay Area Brakefast Rally (FREEWAY TAKEOVER)
If you've been to a car meet in the Bay Area over the last year, you've probably seen this Dodge Viper SRT and its distinct license plate, "MURHICA".
This car was part of the Bay Area Brakefast Rally to Cars and Coffee San Francisco on April 2nd. The rally is put on by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and has grown extensively over the last 10 months. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as we do a feature on "The Show Before The Show".