Greetings from the Rolex 24 hours at Daytona!
Amazing experience so far working in Pit Lane.
Great opportunity to check out the cars up close in the paddock.
This year’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 was much bigger than last years… why? My guess would be because of Fernando Alonso… and maybe a gaggle of other Formula 1 drivers, along with a whole fleet of new Prototype and GT cars on display.
I’m thrilled to have had an opportunity to visit the pit area for WeatherTech Sports Car Championship practice, and I can’t wait for the proper enduro at the end of the month. It will be fantastic.
Here’s a few pix:
The elusive Team Joest Mazda
Jackie Chan Racing
Hopefully… with a little bit of luck… this will be my view for the Rolex 24 in pit out.
Also hoping the weather is like this, warm and sunny.
With no Miatas racing in IMSA any more, it’s nice to see an RF at the Team Joest garages.
An impromptu Cars & Caffe event this Sunday at the end of November got my toddler nephew all excited about the prospect of seeing some colorful cars on display… He’s been asking about going to a car show since I brought him to the Garden State Plaza mega meet, and the best I could tell him was we’ll go next year. Luckily he didn’t have to wait that long! Also lucky for us Panera Bread was nice and warm and offered some hot food after we quickly froze our asses off checking out all the cars that showed up…
Love how the colors pop! in the gray background of North Jersey winter:
Not the easiest task taking pictures while carrying a kid in my arms… but I have to say it was a great deal of fun, and my nephew loved it!
I especially like the idea that he’s telling his little brother all about his cars and coffee experiences, recreating the scene with his Matchbox cars:
He brought a bag of these along to the show, it was hard to convince him to leave them in the car and look at the real ones on display lol!
A cozy pre-Thanksgiving event at Jack Danieles Porsche dealer in Upper Saddle River, NJ While it was in the 50’s the weather felt much cooler with strong winds so maybe that’s why the turnout was fairly low around 10am… but there were amazing cars there.
Check them out:
My favorite car on display this weekend… a Rally 911
A flying Camel
Tried parking in the street so as not to take spots away from pretty supercars and other such automobiles… by the time I finished taking my pictures I was the only one left parked like a doofus in the middle of the street, lol
Great to see these events happening well into cold weather!
A gorgeous day for a car show!
Today’s venue was advertised by Cars & Caffe of Bergen County at the invitation of Ray Catena dealerships in Edison, Central Jersey. RSVP’s very encouraged because of limited space but the event seemed quite small which allowed for decent pictures without too many people walking into a shot… yay!
Hey that’s a pretty bike with both HRC from Superbikes and a MotoAmerica sticker on it.
I love the look of that shift knob… the “Ferrari” look that I got going in my in Miata right now with an eBay black ball shift know I bought.
Demon’s are all the rage these days! And Hellcat’s too…
Glad I finally caught this Ford GT without anyone around to get a decent shot. Also happy that it brought some color to an otherwise very-suburbia event where everyone drives dull color cars, lots of silvers and grays, whites… etc.
Two of these beautiful Ferrari’s made it out today… Cool!
It’s incredible how these Gallardo’s already seem like such classics. They were the newest mass production Lambo just a few years ago.
Pretty incredible how bright a simple “white” color car can be!
Do these stickers really work?
Three of the new Civic Type R pulled in together… overheard people talking paying $50-$60k for these… really? Really? For a Civic?
The gold wheels really suit this car. I don’t know about getting/or painting my wheels similar color though. Nice to see though!
Nice side-by-side of a Range Rover vs. a Jaguar SUV. Silly me always thinking Jag made the cars while Land Rover focused on off-roaders, but things are sure changing.
I know McLaren has a rich history of Can Am racing, didn’t realize they had special edition cars commemorating that fact.
What to do in Northern California between two fantastic events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca? Visit the Bruce Canepa Classic Cars & Motorsports Museum in Scotts Valley near Santa Cruz of course…
Who’s Bruce Canepa?
I did not know before this trip, even though I’ve been to this part of California many times… but when it comes to Motorsport legends I’m still an obvious newb… Apparently Bruce was a car designer and a professional race car driver. But to me he’s a hero because of an amazing place he’s got in Scotts Valley that I was able to visit and enjoy for over an hour… roaming around gawking, and taking lots of pictures to share here.
The dealership downstairs has some gems. The free museum upstairs is fantastic and I had the whole place to myself when I visited on a weekday in late morning. And the garage area had some unique cars being worked on as well, which you can watch from a bird’s eye view without interfering with the mechanics.
What a place! Go visit now… if you can. I wish I knew about it sooner.
(I learned about it during the Miata’s dinner when people mentioned Canepa hosts regular Cars & Coffee events in this region of Cali)
Wanna buy a Porsche Carrera GT Prototype? apparently you can…
And my favorite Racing Porsche’s: the 962
And the other Porsche… the baby blue Gulf-Porsche
A Porsche powered Pikes Peak racer
And even on my way out of the museum I couldn’t help but enjoy the scenery and take some more pix:
What an amazing place!
Seriously, if you live in California or are visiting the area near Monterey or San Francisco, do stop by and visit Canepa!
Great place to visit is nearby Santa Cruz too…
This is the fifth or sixth Holden badged Commodore I’ve been seeing on the roads in the US.
Oh and while I’m on the subject of visiting California be sure to hang out at In n Out… get an animal style fry with your double-double, and I’m a big fan of the shakes too, especially when you mix flavors.
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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Check out the other posts from Caffeine & Carburetors here:
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!
Read more from today’s show here:
Sunday Fun Day! A heatwave is hitting Northern New Jersey, and a ton of people came out for this month’s Cars & Coffee event at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
I overslept… didn’t wash my car but wanted to hang out with a few people at the event. So I rushed over… and as soon as I pulled in around 10am everyone else started leaving… all the McLaren P1’s, the Porsche 911’s, the Lamborghinis and Ferrari’s of very recent vintage, but the few cars that remained still caught my eye. So I wanted to share some pix of them…. I realize a lot of the cars are classic and vintage, which you’re likely to see at your neighborhood’s weekly cruise night. But I don’t care. It was a great mix of new and old and for me these oldies stood out….
especially the Figaro:
It’s also important to remember that this area of Jersey is still very European… there’s BMW North American headquarters just across the street. There’s lots of Italians still living here. The real Mafialand… you know where Soprano’s are from. So it’s nice to see all these Alfa Romeo’s, Lancia’s and Fiat’s around. The classic type, the ones that you don’t normally see here. That was nice to see!
Oh and I also really loved the Geländewagen:
Haven’t seen these in a while… but I have seen them before… in Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. It was nice to see them again!
How is this car a “Historic”?
It is registered as one… look at the Trianglular inspection sticker.
Seeing the Mercedes-Benz 300SL in both convertible and gullwing was awesome… seen both of them before but they sure stood out.
Oh look… a nice Ford
C’est fini…. until next time!
To say I had a blast at this weekend’s (Memorial Day weekend) PWC event at LRP would be an understatement… I really, truly, genuinely had an amazing time. And the people I got a chance to work with totally contributed to that experience.
It absolutely makes a difference who you work with and this time I was super lucky. You know someone else is comfortable with you when she refers to you as “dipshit” to her colleague. That happened. Both of my series starters from PWC were amazing, and it was my honor to be working with them as a backup starter at the Start/Finish stand.
I thought the weekend went especially well. The racing was better than usual. We didn’t have too many bullshit crashes that tend to ruin other PWC events. The recoveries were smooth and quick, and there were awesome battles for positions throughout the field in all the classes. That was awesome.
I got to make a lot of calls on the radio. Which was good. I’m happy I didn’t make too many mistakes with that aspect. I was even able to do a debris run picking up a large chunk of debris from the race winning Turner BMW in the TC race. But I also made some rookie mistakes and they were to be blamed on me squarely. There were three instances where I was meant to point out a car to the series starters and I pointed out the wrong car. We did track it correctly, but for whatever reason I pointed at a different car that was similar in appearance. In the TCA/TCB race I pointed to the SAC racing 080 car instead of the race winning 70 car. Both were black with Green accents, but one was Teal and another bright Green… One was ND and another NC. And yet somehow I mucked it up. With the other starter I had real trouble with the Porsche Cayman GT4’s… we were supposed to track 018 car and I (for some weird reason) confused it with it’s sister car 017… luckily the series starter was better than me at identifying cars but it tripped her up too, unnecessarily. Maybe the dipshit comment was right on the money.
I must have not been too terrible, because unlike the series starter last year she greeted me with a hug in the morning, which was an AWWWW moment. She must not hate me. And on race day she gave me a little gift, a pin of a Guardian Angel that one of her colleagues designed. AWWWW again! She doesn’t want me to die. That’s nice. I really enjoyed the weekend and I really hope I get another opportunity to work with these folks again… somewhere!
Pirelli World Challenge was a standalone feature of this Memorial Day weekend. So we only had the GT/GTA/GT Cup, GTS and TC/TCA/TCB cars at the track. What was different was the fact that the field of TC cars grew so large in size that they got to run a race on their own without the usual TCA/TCB addition. This meant that the TCA/TCB ran a race of their own too… and it was clear as day to see how well the Global MX-5 Cup cars performed on their own in this series. I knew they won at VIR and Mosport (both races I volunteered) but since there was a different overall winner in TC class, it wasn’t so obvious who won TCA. The older Miata’s in TC class though qualified super well, they were in row 2 and 3 on the grid, but as soon as the race started they faltered. Many DNF’d. Which sucks! But the cars are getting old, and the newest addition to the field this year, the BMW 235M blew up in size, it seems like they are completely dominating this series. In the GT race there were quite a few incidences, but overall it was super enjoyable to watch and especially neat to be a part of in such an amazing position on the start stand. I’m incredibly grateful!
Best of all I didn’t have to choose between having lunch or taking pictures during our downtime. I was smack in the middle of all the action. I could just walk over to the dummy grid and take a few snaps before heading back on duty and the series starters were happy to help me out with a few selfie style shots to capture the moment of this experience. It was tremendous!
I would love to do it again!