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Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, Connecticut Sept 2017: Lotus Elan

The one car I’ve wanted to see more than any other recently is a Lotus Elan… the car that a Mazda Cosmo and later the Mazda MX5 Miata were based on.

Look how pretty it looks:

Compare and contrast with the first generation Mazda Miata (NA):

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Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, Connecticut Sept 2017: the French

The French cars of Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, CT this weekend were not as represented as some of the other popular country brands but it’s worth remembering that it’s been a long while since French cars sold in the US. Sure you can probably buy a Bugatti today if you got a few spare million laying around, but it was a great sight to see several cool Citroens at the show today… including an iconic DS model and an even more recognizable 2CV.

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Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, Connecticut Sept 2017: the Brits

Jaguars… lots and lots of Jaaags and Austin Martins, Austin Healeys, Mini Coopers, MG’s, Mini Moke… the Brits were well represented at this weekend’s Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, CT.

Is a Caterham now a Malaysian marque or is it still considered British? Either way there were several Super 7’s in attendance.

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Enough talk, here’s the pix:

Although technically South African if they’re kit cars… the original Anglo-American company were built in both UK and USA. British body with American V8… oh ho ho ho!

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Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, Connecticut Sept 2017: the Germans

I think Porsche’s were best represented at this weekend’s Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, CT though there were plenty of Audi, BMW’s and Mercedes-Benz cars of all vintage… Lot’s of classic VeeDubs with Porsche bits on them too.

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Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, Connecticut Sept 2017: the Italians

The Italians at Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, CT this weekend came out in force!

Instead of yapping I’m just going to share pix… I have a new found love for Alfa Romeo’s and Lancia’s don’t know why, but I’ve started noticing them more and more. Of course the Lambo’s and Ferrari’s came out in abundance too. I was especially happy to see the Dino GT and the Miura present.

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Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, Connecticut Sept 2017

Greetings from Connecticut! This Sunday my buddy Bill and I convoyed together to New Canaan for one of the biggest Cars & Coffee events I’ve ever been to. I never liked the name: Caffeine & Carburetors but I understand the idea that everyone involved in organizing C&C events try to register a name that someone who’s never been to one could recognize but different enough that the original “cars & coffee” (I’m assuming the one in California or elsewhere on the West Coast where the idea started) don’t sue them for trademark infringement.

Anyway… I took well over 300 photos before my iPhone battery went dead… I’d like to share over 200 of them here. Instead of overwhelming the viewer with all the pix in one post I’m going to break them down a bit… I was considering doing it by car colors, or colorful cars and gray cars… or classics vs. modern. But instead I think it’d be smart to do it by origin or brand home country.

So the menu to come:

Some posts will be longer than others and even though I’m making this first, it’ll contain all the overflow images that didn’t fall into the above categories… so please bear with me.

I have to say I loved the show! I really did… it was massive. Some would say YUGE! It was well organized. Lots of volunteers and cops directing traffic around, which was great. I read about the organizers before coming and how they were debating whether or not to hold these C&C events in 2017… I’m glad they followed through. And I wanted to do my part by becoming a patron in the coffee shop that’s behind the whole idea… but I gotta say that the barista kid that filled my iced chai order messed it up. Not a big deal but… a few pumps of syrup on ice cubes is a freaking weird concoction, but it isn’t chai.

The happy mug shot…

My goal was to see a few cars I’ve seen in pictures on facebook at  previous events. Lucky for me I got to see all of them! The Spyker. The Pagani. The Giulia. The Elan. Le 2CV. The Miura. The Dino GT.  The Lancia’s and all those Alfa Romeo’s.

And here’s the overflow pix that don’t fit into my foreigh/european car lists above…

I really wanted to see this thing up close… and voila!

Funny how many cars wore dealer plates. Are they all for sale? I doubt it… but having access to a dealer plate means you can drive an unregistered and uninsured car to… well a car show like this! The other plates that stood out a lot were all those blue Montana plates.

Lots of bikes in attendance also!

American luxury… the original lux sports utility vehicle… soccer mom machine… road trip highway cruiser!

Back when Saleen Speedsters looked absolutely gorgeous!

Technically Renault owned, but not quite French… AMX!

Bill and I arrived the show fairly late, around 10am… mostly due to us leaving late from New Jersey but also because there was a fatal accident right before our exit on the Merritt Parkway which was a sad sight to see. Luckily though we got perfect parking spots right by the event as many of the early-birds started leaving. We saw a number of cars driving off as we arrived, but the cars we got to see were absolutely amazing!

Would love to come back for more in the future…

Great job guys!

 


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NASCAR K&N Series East at NJMP the debrief

For the second weekend in a row I’ve gone down to Millville, South Jersey… this time for stock car racing. Like last weekend, and now for the third weekend in a row I’ve had a gout arthritis flare up which meant it was really painful to stand. But I took a few Advil pills and managed to get through the day thoroughly enjoying the racing on track. I wouldn’t wish this stupid fat man disease on anyone!

Happy to say that like last week I got an awesome station assignment… Turn 14. As I already mentioned in the post card posts it was a fantastic day to go to the races. NASCAR had practice, quali and race all on the same day. And to fill in the time between their track time we had BMW Car Club of America practicing, qualifying and racing themselves as well. Lots of really cool BMW 3 series, M3’s, 2002’s etc.

I’m not going to lie, the club days at a track typically suck! Ferrari at Watkins Glen last year supporting IndyCar was awful. But this Bimmer support for NASCAR was outstanding. Cars were going at it hard. There was some good overtaking throughout the field. I enjoyed it!

But I truly loved the NASCAR K&N Series East racing!

I remember some of these cars from their support race at Watkins Glen for the Monster Energy Cup weekend. The field was significantly smaller with only 15 cars on the grid and some 12 finishing the race. But the racing was tough and hard. We did not have any incidents at Turn 14 but I got to catch a peak at Turn 7 with a spin or two. It was great…

I especially enjoyed the Grid Walk during our lengthy lunch break:

So to sum things up… I’m grateful for the opportunity to work this race. I’m happy with my station assignment. I’m really happy with my captain especially since she was kind enough to bring me back a nice refreshing ice cream when she went out to get her own lunch.

I left my home at 6am and was back home by 10pm

Great day of racing! I hope to be back at NJMP next year…

Grid Walk Post Card from NASCAR K&N Series at NJMP Thunderbolt Raceway

What a day!

I feel really fortunate and lucky to have worked the NASCAR race at NJMP this Saturday… not just because it was an action packed day with practice, qualifying and racing all taking place on the same day. But also because of my awesome station assignment where I was able to not just watch the racing up close but also venture into pit lane for an awesome grid walk prior to the NASCAR K&N race.

Here’s some pix:

The view from Turn 14 looking at the front straight, the race control building, VIP garages and of course pit lane.

My partner was super nice,  especially since she warned me against parking under the Acorn trees because they were literally bombarding everything beneath them… lol

Only Blue and Yellow flags used for NASCAR racing… Blue is the local Yellow, and Yellow is the Full Course Yellow… easy!

It was pretty warm this morning and really humid and myggy… When my partner decided to go to Wawa to get lunch I asked her to pick up a little bucket of refreshing ice cream for me… that did the job of cooling me down! Oh was it good…

The only chick on the grid… Hanna Zellers  @HannaZellerswww.facebook.com/HannaZellersRacing/

I am actually considering getting the NASCAR plate with flags in the bottom left corner of this ad. The New Jersey MVC sponsored this event which felt really weird… to be honest.

BMX show on the front straight…

Love to see fans, young girls posing for pictures with our female NASCAR drivers. Way to go Hanna Zellers!

Debrief coming up next…

Post Card from the NASCAR K&N Series East Paddock at NJMP

Greetings from NJMP! A fascinating experience working the NASCAR K&N Series East where in one day: Saturday the cars practiced, qualified and raced… and they had a support event to boot. BMW CCA was an unusual pairing with stock cars, but filled in the time nicely. Between that and the new Audi S3 pace car, it was an outstanding NASCAR event.

I took a ton of pix when I arrived Millville early in the morning…

another post card from grid walk is next…

Formula E Support Race Single-Make Jaguar i-Pace SUV Series Reveal

Great news!

Guess what? We’re getting real viable support racing series for an FIA Formula E city ePrix near you… not the single car Roborace DevBot from Kinetic making slow laps around the track stripped of it’s body panels but still wearing flag liveries of the host country… but real looking cars. More than cars… SUV’s which once again are all the rage in North America and pretty much everywhere else around the world. (we love our SUV’s!)

photo credit: Formula E / Jaguar

I posted earlier suggesting Formula E should link with the announced Tesla single-make Model S series… but why bother asking someone else to participate when they could just create one from scratch. Jaguar Panasonic Racing was a heavy presence in Montreal, Canada where billboards of the team were plastered all over the place, from the International Airport to the Downtown City Streets… and now they will get their money’s worth with this single-make series featuring the all-new Jaguar i-Pace model.

photo credit: Formula E / Jaguar

I think seeing up to 20 of these on the city streets will be fantastic!

I would imagine that with the weight of the cars maybe the street-circuit barriers and catch fencing would need to be reinforced. But I’m sure it’s something that the organizers would follow through to FIA standards as the rules dictate.

I’m totally looking forward to checking them out in person.

The news says they will make their debut in 2018 which means that the series will miss the 2017-2018 season opener in Hong Kong, but like the Roborace I’m sure it’ll take some time for the vehicles to be prepped and teams created to run them. Maybe 2019 would be a good year to witness a really competitive Jaguar i-Pace race, if the series does survive and there is acceptance.

Make it happen folks!

Additional photos from the Frankfurt Motor Show reveal:  autocar.co.uk/slideshow/frankfurt-pictures-jaguar-ipace-racer

And official press release from Formula E:  fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/formula-e-and-jaguar-to-launch-support-series/