Why I Love Cars & Coffee

Well the first part of Cars & Coffee has nothing to do with coffee, those who know me well (and now you too) also know I don’t like coffee and never drink the stuff. I drink tea. Maybe it’s part of me being an Anglophile, which doesn’t explain the two German cars in my garage—or maybe it does.

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The main reason I love Cars & Coffee is that you see the most interesting cars…and meet the most people too. Like, Ziggy the owner of the 1954 Holden 4-door that he brought. (Note the New South Wales Holden Car Club badge in the grille.) It was Ziggy’s car back in Australia and when he moved to Florida ten years or so ago he brought it along with him. How hard was it to import? Nobody said anything and nobody hassled him, he told me. And when it came to registering in Colorado, it was no problem either. Maybe things are loosening up. One of the two (real) Nissan Skylines at the show is owned by an Aurora, Colorado policeman. And yes, I have a thing for Skylines that appears lost on my wife who doesn’t get the whole JDM thing. But that’s a topic for another blog post.

Trivia: For a long time, Holden was the GM subsidiary in Australia and built many interesting cars and trucks there, including the El Camino-like vehicles they call “utes” down under. In Australia, the Chevy Colorado isn’t a pickup truck but is also available as an off-road-capable SUV called (what else) the Holden Colorado.

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I love Cars & Coffee because you always learn something. In this case it was when I talking with the owner of a Pontiac Solstice coupe. Yes, a coupe, when’s the last time you saw one in person. I never had. The coupe version of the Solstice was unveiled at the 2008 New York Auto Show and while the roof can be removed it doesn’t fit in the trunk. An optional cloth top is available, which can fit into the tiny trunk. The car went on sale in early 2009 and was the last new Pontiac model before they went down the tubes, sadly creating yet another orphan marque. There were a total of 1,266 Solstice Coupes manufactured before the production line in Wilmington, Delaware was shut down.

But that’s not all I learned. His son has a Land Rover 90, “a Defender I asked.” Nope, he says “until the Discovery was introduced in 1989, they were all just called Land Rovers.” And were renamed Defender in 1990.

And these are just a few of the reasons, I love Cars & Coffee