Cars & Coffee

 Christmas Eve was a nice, relatively warm day here at home. Once per month, on the fourth Saturday of each, a large, grass roots, car event called Cars & Coffee is put on at the Michelin Headquarters here in Greenville, South Carolina.

People bring their own rides to park and show in the expansive Michelin parking lot. All manner of automobiles show up, from classics to modern muscle. This is an every man and woman car show, daily drivers that folks are proud to show off. Some motorcycles make their way here as well, and, on this day, we all were treated to a car from a very popular 1960’s TV show.

The Batmobile

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The crowd moved as one as the driver slowly rolled to a parking space. No Batman suit or boy Robin unfortunately. But this car is an amazing replica that this fellow built, down to the minutest detail.

A few classic cars were here, but mostly we saw modern muscle and sports cars.

A few classics – a beauty of a 1940’s pickup

Everyone knows what this is!

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The American Classic – Chevrolet Belair sedan & Nomad Wagon

Sports Cars

Roadsters

There were a number of Roadsters here, including a few Miata’s from our car club. By far, they are my favorite style of sports car (a bit biased, I know), giving Roo and I the most fun for our money.

Here is a beautifully styled and great performing car that isn’t seen on the roads much, but should be.

Honda S2000

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One car caught my aesthetic eye and jumped out at me. Italian style and Japanese performance beautifully matched:

Fiat 124 Spyder

Although the Fiat is built by Mazda, virtually all the car mags give the performance nod to the Miata MX-5 in head to head showdowns. But this Spyder sure is a looker, and a powerful performer in her own right.

No discussion of Roadsters would be complete without mention of the contribution of Britain to the world of sports cars. Iconic cars of the 1960’s such as the Jaguar E series, MG’s, and Triumphs were automobiles that today’s Roadsters are built upon (minus the Lucas electronics!). Here is one that exemplifies the Golden Age of small British Roadsters that everyone recognizes:

Triumph TR6

This was a fantastic event that I am happy to have stumbled upon. Being Christmas Eve, the turnout was apparently low, only about 70 cars! I have been told the usual turnout is double that! Looking forward to see what turns up here come springtime!

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