Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cars and Coffee- 2/10/13

Cars and Coffee is one of my personal favorite car shows to attend. Taking place on the second Sunday of every month, it's a chance for anyone to bring every imaginable type of vehicle you can imagine. Tuned Subarus and Hondas mingle with Chargers and Mustangs, Falcons meet Ferraris, and hot rods park next to pickups. Like I said, it's among my all-time favorite shows, so here are some of my favorite machines to show up.

Let's kick things off with this 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S. This latest-gen rendition of Germany's hallmark sports car hasn't been out long enough to start popping up around town, so this was my first opportunity to get a good look at it. I have to say, it's growing on me. The design is very modern, but still hasn't deviated much from it's original 1960's appearance. It can even pull off a typically dull color like silver.

Meanwhile, in America, the hot ticket performance coupe is this: The 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302. This specific Boss is the Laguna Seca Edition, which includes some track-inspired goodies for extra performance. Like the original, Ford is only offering the Boss 302 for two years, with 2013 being the last year. As a result, buyers are getting them now before they're gone for good. The black paint and grey stripes make this Boss a bit more sinister than the vibrant-colored models that are more common.

Of course, the Boss 302 isn't the only mega muscle car available today. Chevrolet's killer Camaro ZL1 is an outright monster. With aggressive, chiseled looks and a 580hp V8 to back them up, the ZL1 is an outstanding car. This one is rocking a black and white paint job, which accentuates the almost caricature-like body perfectly. Definitely one of the coolest cars on sale today.

I'll be honest, the Maserati GranTurismo is a very good car. But the design of the modern model doesn't really nail it for me. I like the way the car looks, but it feels like it's not quite there. Personally, I think it needs to be slightly more aggressive and jagged. Not a redesign, but a refresh. All the same, it's certainly a respectable machine. Perfect for some top-down cruising on a warm Texas afternoon.

Continuing with the Italian horsepower, here's a very nice Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. These are actually fairly rare cars, with only 172 ever being built. This particular car is one of 45 to be painted yellow. I adore the Superleggera's embrace of Colin Chapman's philosophy, "Simplify, then add lightness." It's a no frills machine built for speed and performance, and it excels at both. Hard to argue with that.

A healthy assortment of tuner cars were in attendance, but my personal favorite was undoubtedly this '05 Subaru Impreza WRX STi. The rally-inspired white wheels and mudguards, the hoodscoop and wing, and most of all the iconic Subaru blue paint made for a very clean car. This is my favorite generation for the Impreza, and this particular car is by far one of the nicest examples I've seen.

While there was an ample selection of Ferraris to drool over, this F355 Berlinetta is probably the car I liked most. The color is a nice departure from the typical red and yellow Ferraris, and the looks of the F355 have held their allure brilliantly since the car's debut in the 1990's. This is without a doubt one of Ferrari's greatest hits.

While I don't dislike Miatas, I typically glaze over them at car shows. They never really caught my attention. That said, this car is quite the exception. The car started life as a run-of-the-mill 1995 Mazda Miata, a red convertible. Then the owner decided to do something a little bit different. Now, the engine bay is occupied by a Ford 5.0 HO V8 from a Mustang. That means that this tiny little two-seater is making somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower. Seeing that engine shoehorned into the little engine bay was particularly amusing.

Here's something you don't see too often: an Alfa Romeo GTV6. This feisty red Italian is a bit of a rarity in my area, so it was great to see one up close. I'm digging the 80's rims and the peculiar hood. The GTV6 is an unmistakable car from any angle. It's a bit boxy and a tad plastic, but that was common fare back when these were new, and it wears the look well.

When it comes to crazy 1970's paint jobs, this 1975 Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport can't be overlooked. The silver and black, seperated by a pinstripe of red, make for a great contrast that kind of suits the looks of this car. This Camaro is remarkably well preserved for a 70's muscle car, and looks very good. Perhaps it's not the most popular Camaro, but it's undoubtedly a good-looking car.

What makes this 1972 Chevrolet C10 especially loveable is that it sees daily driver duty. Two-tone paint and lots of chrome make a cool ride, and the pickup truck aspect means that it's a practical and capable vehicle. The light colors work well on this Chevy, and the 350 V8 sounded perfectly healthy.

This 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible is quite the land yacht. It's big, heavy, posh and chromed. Perfect for cruising the streets. The Cutlass was a good looking car in its hey-day, and certain models, like the 442 or the Rallye 350, were serious performers. This Cutlass is a bit more for cruising than drag racing, but it's still a classy American classic.

Although rough around the edges, this 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 was in pretty solid shape. The unmistakable beak-like nose of the '69 Firebird is very much a love it or hate it design, but I like it. This one has some sweet Torq-Thrusts on it, and looks a bit understated in white. Still a sweet example of classic American muscle, though.

No car show would be complete without a classic Corvette or two, and this gorgeous yellow 1967 model is a perfect representative of the Corvette population at the show. This car was unbelievably clean, and could have rolled off the assembly line that morning. The color is simply fantastic, and the side exhaust is extremely 1960's. This is one of the nicest Corvettes I've ever seen, period.

Certain cars can really pull off the beater look, and this Plymouth Valiant absolutely nails it. The weathered black paint, spartan interior, and Rallye wheels make it a cobbled together muscle coupe worth a closer look. It won't win any beauty contests, but it's full of character and is undoubtedly a fun vehicle to cruise around in.

To finish things off, we have a car show favorite, the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. These things are everywhere, and for good reason. They're extremely attractive cars, they're easy to find, and they're easy to drive. This Bel Air is rolling on some aftermarket wheels for a more personalized look. The black paint and bright chrome really makes it pop.

All in all, a great show. There's plenty of features coming up soon, plus some more car show coverage, so stick around. It's liable to get pretty exciting.


  1. I'm the proud owner of the '65 Plymouth Valiant pictured here, and I must say you are correct; she won't win any beauty contests, but she's a joy to cruise around in. She'll be even more fun with the little 170 cubic inch slant 6 gets turbo charged later this year.

    Wayne Ollison,
    Round Rock, TX.

    1. Sounds like a fantastic car to drive around in! It was great to see it at the show, and you'll have to bring it out again after you turbo charge it. Thanks for the comment!