First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who attended our final Cars & Coffee of the season and to Hawk Performance for supporting the event. For once, the weather finally held out, and you all showed your support in droves. The number of vehicles in our lot was staggering, and the turnout delighted us. It was a pleasant morning, and we’re appreciative of everyone who brought their vehicle.
The forecast leading into the weekend was great. The entire team at Front Street was excited that there wasn’t any rain slated to hit our area during the event. The threat of rainstorms at past events has mildly hindered the turnout, but we welcomed a full parking lot thanks to the removal of that threat.
This month, we partnered with our friends at Hawk Performance to give away goodie bags filled with various branded items to the first 50 guests of the event. No, there wasn’t any performance braking goods occupying the Turn 14 Distribution drawstring bag, but there were cool little goodies.
By the time the clock struck 8 am, the parking lot was already half-full, and there was a line of guests ready and waiting at our table for their complimentary swag bag and refreshments.
Matching the guests waiting in line at the table was the range of vehicles attempting to find parking in our lot. We opened up parking options in the other half of our lot by around 8:30 am, and shortly after, the whole lot was full. After a couple of years of hosting these events, this was undoubtedly one of our largest gatherings.
As with any of our events, the best part is the overwhelming variety on the premises. Numerous guests let me know that this is their favorite event in the area due to the setting, the laid-back atmosphere, and the eclectic vehicle mixture. I mean, there’s an Aventador parked next to a WRX. That’s pretty unique!
If you’ve read any of our past Cars & Coffee coverages, then you know I love me a fat tire, so when I saw this bright yellow Dodge truck pull in, I gravitated toward it quite naturally. The rake for the tires, the large opening in the hood, the roll cage inside, and the general ferocity it exudes are all clues to what kind of performance lies inside this beast. It was cool, and we’re glad the owner brought it out.
As our resident Honda nerd, I especially liked this EK Civic hatchback coated in clean black paint, strapped with a gorgeous K-series engine swap, and a refinished set of Mugen MF10 wheels covering Spoon brake calipers. It was a welcomed surprise and was such a well-executed example.
I’ve seen this S14 around our office’s general area for months now, and I stare at it pretty hard each time it passes. So, I was pretty jazzed to see it in our lot and have the opportunity to delve into its features. Initially, I liked the unique color of the chassis, the bronze Kansei KNP wheels, and the fact that it’s a zenki. However, when I started getting into the details, I liked it even more. One, it’s a slick top, which I would imagine is pretty rare for S14s. It’s right-hand-drive, super low, spotless, and equipped with some tastefully-fastened bracing. Those reasons, combined with the roll bar and Bride seats in the interior, made it one of my favorites from the day.
Speaking of right-hand-drive, let’s discuss two of the Turn 14 Distribution employees who brought out their JDM toys, including a JZX100, a Celsior, and an R32 GT-R. The JZX is rare in its own right but outfitted in the fashion that this one is, it commands attention. Likewise, the GT-R is equipped with such tasteful mods outside and packs a significantly upgraded powerplant. However, the crowd gathered around the bone stock, freshly-imported Toyota Celsior splitting the two — what a time to be alive.
Sticking with even more right-hand-drive material, I stumbled onto this incredible Chrysler Valiant Pacer 245 in the lot. This classic is equipped with a Hemi 245 engine and — fitting with its steering wheel placement — has badging that reads “Made solely in Australia by Chrysler.” It had such an unconventional look compared to other older domestic vehicles in attendance and enamored me with its striking condition both inside and out.
I enjoy cars with subtle features, so when I almost walked right by this 997 Turbo, that was a good sign. I only noticed the satin black BBS FI-R forged wheels affixed to its hubs after being provoked to take another look at it by a friend. I love how these wheels could almost pose as a factory option, but the allure grows exponentially when you examine their intricate details.
In all, there were countless examples of vehicles that deserved some recognition, and we’re so grateful they attended. For the sake of time, I’m going to assemble the rest into a massive gallery below. On behalf of everyone at Front Street Media, I’d like to thank everyone who came out to any of our events this year. As automotive enthusiasts, we got the short end of the stick by missing out on the first half of the year, but thanks to everyone who attended, we made the second half really count. We appreciate everyone who supported our event and kept these monthly gatherings a clean, pet-friendly, kid-friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. It’s refreshing to witness them go off without a hitch and a joy to organize each month.
With that said, we’re already working out our schedule of events for 2021 and thinking of ways to make it even better. So, stay tuned to our social media channels, subscribe to our email list, and we hope to see all of you in the spring!
Photography by Kyle Crawford and Brandon Cody