Monday, December 18, 2023

Cars and Coffee Concord

Old and new, all kinds of cars!

On the third Saturday of the month there is a MONSTER sized Cars and Coffee up in Concord. Not to be confused with Concord Massachusetts and the Shot Heard Round the World, this event is in the parking lot of Charlotte Motor Speedway! You know, Charlotte, in North Carolina, the NASCAR center of the planet! It was a bit chilly this December, but man it was a big turnout of people and cars. And as the name implies, there really was coffee! 

Bond, James  Bond...err, I mean, Martin, Aston Martin V12 Vantage GTS. In yellow yet!

Nice row of the newest Corvette, the C8 mid-engine.

This my friends is a Volkswagen Thing. Yes, the name of the car is a "Thing." 
A few days ago, I was watching Jeopardy, and they showed a photo of one of these, and believe it or not none of the three smarty pants contestants knew what it was!
While I'd like to think that shows I'm smarter than them, I think the real answer is that I'm just older than them. 
Oh well, I'll take it! 

Lamborghini with Blew By You license plate. 

I'm not up to speed on all the models of Lambo, so I appreciate it when they put the name of the model on the seats and on the side of the body!

Here's another Lamborghini. I didn't catch the license plate, but this one really did "Blow By Me" out on I-85 on the way into Cars and Coffee. It was still sounding nice about a half mile in front of me. 
For once I didn't speed up to see what it was, and sure enough that paid off since it was parked when I got to the Speedway!

Nothing like a classic Chevy Suburban that's been lowered!

On the other hand, an even older Chevy Bel Air Nomad station wagon is mighty sweet!

I had a great time talking to the owner of this modified 1973 Toyota Celica. 
Nothing against all the Corvette, Mustang, and other modern cars at the show, but seeing something unique like this was very cool. 

Nice Rat Rod. I liked the Cleveland Press newspaper mailbox on top of the engine, which of course requires me to say, "SEND IT!"

Not sure if that's real patina or artificial patina, but it's a cool looking truck either way. 

Holden was the Australian GM. This nice car has a Whipple supercharger too. 

Another classic Chevrolet

Toyota Supra in, uh, whatever color they call this! I liked it. 

Ford GT in a classic Gulf livery. 

Huge air intakes for mid-engine

I don't have a PhD in Aerodynamics, but I believe the term for this car with all the air channels, wings, and ducts, would be what scientists call "FAST."

Volvo P1800. I didn't see The Saint around, but he drove one of these on TV back in the 1960s. 

Volvo wanted to get a sporty car into the US market, so here's one! After Roger Moore played The Saint, you might have seen him in some other roles as a guy named Bond, James Bond. 

The 1800 model was built over about 10 years, so you'd think there would be a ton of them around. 

The chrome trim on the door handle continues on the rear quarter panel. 


I liked the Superman badge on this car.

Lots of parking, lots of cars, Welcome Race Fans!

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