Christmastime Cars & Coffee

One of the most enjoyable aspects of any Cars & Coffee events is the unpredictability of what kinds of cars show up. Take f’rinstance the venerable Nissan GTR. There were a dozen of these Godzilla cars at December’s event at the vehicle vault in Park, CO. Then there was the gaggle of Ducati motorcycles that showed up to widen this event’s perspective.

And while the young people hovered excitedly around exotics, like the Gold AMG GT or the many Lamborghini’s in attendance, I enjoyed looking at some of the other cars like the Porsche 968 cabriolet, a car my wife Mary has always wanted, and the two Toyota MR2’s that were there—one from the first generation and the other form the second— both in mint or near mint conditions. I really wanted to talk to the owners but they were not hovering around their cars the way most people do; my guess is they were out gawking at the many high end exotics, including a McLaren that was in attendance.

This time of year, shooting the cars can be a challenge and I’m not talking about the challenge of people walking in around the cars you’re trying to photograph. Tip: Be patient and keep shooting. Nope. It’s the light. This time of the year, during the hours of the show, the sun is lower in the horizon and as you can see in these images produces contrasty photographs. Tip: Shoot low angles. If your camera has a flip out screen, use it and keep going lower shooting as you go and then come up unto you get the angle you think looks best. Remember: You are the one that gets to decide what look best.

One thing that I did notice is that many of the most interesting cars arrive early, well before the official 9:00AM start time (so they get a good spot, I guess) but also leave early opening spots for the latecomers. So tip to the wise: Arrive early and hang around while the “shift changes.”

In 2018 be sure to join us at the Second Tuesday Cars and Coffee that are sponsored by the Vehicle Vault and held in Parker, CO. The next one is this Saturday January 13, 2018 and we hope to see you there. Be sure to say Hi.

  • Starts: 9:00 am
  • Ends: – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Vehicle Vault 18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway Parker, Colorado 8013