Cars and Coffee Louisville – August 11, 2012   8 comments

I went to my first Louisville Cars and Coffee in a few months this weekend. We planned to make it a family outing but my wife was tired so I decided to let her sleep in and enjoy good daddy-daughter time with my 20 month old, Mary. After all, I’m doing my best to raise this girl to be a gearhead just like her old man.

I packed up the diaper bag and her favorite Hot Wheels, the yellow Datsun 510, and we headed out in my ’86 Saab 9000 Turbo daily driver. If it were a bit nicer and cleaned up I probably would have shown the Saab, but we just parked in the back with the normal cars. This is the first Cars and Coffee that I’ve been to at the new venue, Captain’s Quarters, a restaurant and marina along the Ohio River in Louisville. It’s a great location to get a bunch of cars together and they have a booth serving coffee and pastries set up off to the side.

If you’ve never been to a Cars and Coffee event in your area, it’s worth checking one out. It’s an invariably eclectic mix of vehicles: exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, weird old foreign machines, boy racers — something for everyone.

Toddler and a Lamborghini
As soon as we arrived Mary dashed off toward the first yellow car she saw, a Lamborghini Diablo. Yellow is her preferred car color these days.

Alfa Romeos
A pair of Alfa Romeos: a GTV (left) and a roundtail Duetto Spider (right), immortalized by Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate.

1940 Ford
A 1940 Ford coupe in foreground, my friend Tim’s brand new Fiat 500 in the background. Brown is such an underrated car color.

Aston Martyin DB Mark III and Triumph TR3
A couple of British beauties: Aston Martin DB Mk. III (left) and a Triumph TR3 (right).

Pontiac GTO Judge
A 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge — “The Judge can be bought.”

Two Lincoln Mark IIIs
A pair of immaculate Lincoln Mark IIIs, just like the car used to smuggle heroin in The French Connection.

A toddler and a Mini
Mary with a yellow Mini, when I told her it was just her size she started saying, “my yellow!” Of course, she may have been talking about the Hot Wheels in her hand.

Datsun 240Z
Datsun 240Z engine
A perfect Lime Green Datsun 240Z. Last year I found one just like it for my uncle on Bring A Trailer and towed it up to him. I’m sure I’ll write about that in a future post here on theshiftpattern.

Three '55 Chevrolets
Three ’55 Chevrolets in a row. I’m really digging the subtle period modifications on the red Bel Air in the foreground.

Three Buick Rivieras
More personal luxury coupes: a trio of three gorgeous first-generation Buick Rivieras, the epitome of 1960s American style and opulence.

MGTD
A ’52 MG TD, I love it when the license plate makes it easy to identify (although I already knew what it was).

Porsche 912
Porsche 912
A Bahama Yellow 1969ish Porsche 912, one of my favorite cars at the event, the owner said that most of the paint is original.

Chevy Nova
A second-generation Chevy Nova with a 454 big block stuffed under the hood. I’m usually not a big fan of muscle cars with low profile wheel/tire sets but this one pulls it off nicely.

Mini
Another original Mini, a 1988 Designer, a limited edition Mini with an interior designed by Mary Quant, inventor of the miniskirt. This one was converted to left-hand drive before being imported from the UK and is for sale locally.

Toddler in the driver's seat
The owner was even nice enough to give my Mary a go behind the driver’s seat. I’ve never been behind the wheel of a real Mini myself, so the kid already has some gearhead cred on her dad!

Porsche 356
Porsche 356
Porsche 356
One of my other favorites of the show, a gorgeous ’59 Porsche 356, note the original Kentucky license plate.

Spyker
Spyker
I’m typically not too big on the exotics, but here is a Spyker C8, made by the Dutch supercar company that unsuccessfully tried to save Saab after GM ran them into the ground. What a beautiful interior with the diamond quilted leather, turned metal dash, and artfully-designed pedals and shifter linkage. Their design would have melded so well with the Saab ethos.

Packard Light Eight
A 1932 Packard Light Eight, their medium range model of the Depression era.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro
A 1969 Chevy Camaro convertible in the colors of the 1969 Indy Pace Car. I can say with certainty that this one of my dad’s favorite muscle cars of all time. (That is not my dad in the photo).

BMW tii
An Inka Orange BMW 2002 tii. One of my favorite cars ever, so perfectly balanced and proportioned. I really need to get one of these some day.

I could tell that Mary was getting a little restless  so we made our way home after about an hour. She was quite a trooper, though. As we left around 10:30 more cars were still coming in, we passed a Jaguar E-Type and some kind of Ford Model T speedster on our way out the entrance. I’m looking forward to the next event I can make it to which should be in October. I’m going to try very hard to have my two-stroke 1964 Saab 96 ready to drive then, I can say with reasonable certainty that it will be the only one there!

Posted August 13, 2012 by jonathan in Car life

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8 responses to “Cars and Coffee Louisville – August 11, 2012

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  1. What a cutie! And what a good daddy, bringing his daughter to the car show. (And what a good husband, letting his tired wife sleep in!)

  2. That is one eclectic group of cars.

  3. What about the coffee?

  4. Cars and Coffee is such a great concept! It is so nice to have a diverse group of cars to enjoy. Mary needs to ride around in her Saab next time!

  5. I didn’t even know we had a large Cars and Coffee in Louisville. I’ll need to make it out there next time.

  6. Great concept Cars N Coffee especially when my granddaughter is in some pictures.

  7. i think its a Great Concept for Cars & Coffee .

  8. When is the next Cars/Coffee scheduled???

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