Last week I was visiting family and had the chance to attend the original cars and coffee meet up at the Mazda North American headquarters in Irvine California. Being that this event is held in Southern California I knew the collection would be diverse, but I never knew how high the quality of cars would be.
The show starts around 5am and ends by 9am, when I arrived at 6am the parking lot is full. Upon arrival the cars are placed in groups so this is the best picture to show diversity. The Black Callaway Corvette was flanked by a 964 era 911 porsche and a Packard from the pre war era. Everything from brass era cars to the present day is welcome as long as someone finds it cool and your willing to show it.
The Porsche area was very large with all models of 911 represented, I’ll show the really rare one later.
The GTR section was large too, but with all that technology wrapped so tight in the engine bay the GTRs don’t make great show cars. don’t get me wrong, I really want one, but to track it not to show it.
The first car I saw was this BMW M1. A very rare car with only about 450 produced and the only mid engined six cylinder car BMW has ever made. I was floored that this was not in a museum some where.
This 50’s Cadillac was on air bags and had it’s patina paint clear coated to preserve what nature had worked so many years to produce. The column shifter was replaced with a PBR beer tap, otherwise it was stock, great for cruising.
This Porsche 944 was the opposite of the Cadillac, it looked stock but was packing a lot more heat under the hood. The turbo, intercooler, ignition systems, intake, and exhaust had been replaced with upgraded aftermarket parts. The suspension system was upgraded too, with coilovers, and adjustable camber plates and linkage. I would love to flog this out on the track.
The sky rocketing prices on early Porsches have put this outlaw modded example well out of my budget.
This Ford Falcon looked like it rolled off the banks at Talladega, it was a tribute to the Holman Moody race cars of the 60’s with a very built up motor.
Just as I was arriving so was Hot Rod Magazine’s Blasphemi project. Why is this chevy two post called Blasphemi
The big mopar hemi engine in a Chevy is enough to make any purist cringe. you can see the build on their youtube webpage.
Speaking of MOPAR’s I loved this Challenger, 440 six pack for the win! The black steelies make the car look mean.
This was the cleanest Car at the show, the M3 looked like it just rolled of f the assembly line.
It’s amazing to see what was state of the art 25 years ago, and compare it next to what is today, I was able to do this because next to this 90’s car was a…
brand new 2015 M4. The technology in this car is light years above the M3 but both strive to give the same driving feel. The turbo I6 engine produces 415hp and costs around $65k
Ladies and gentlemen, the sickest miata I have ever seen!
I need to find out who makes this hard top, if you know please post in the comments.
One of the only 600 GT3 RS 4.0. this car cost $250,000 new and as it is the last GT3 with a manual transmission is an instant classic.
Here are 3 cars that where on my wall as a child, seeing them in person was kinda surreal
If I was kid, this would be the car on my wall now. The McLaren P1 is 1.3 million dollars of perfection.
The interior is simple and all business
The car is not much bigger than a Miata, but with over 900hp form both the gas engine and electric motor this car is a land rocket.
I will leave you with another McLaren,an SLR from their partnership with Mercedes. This convertible is the perfect grand tourer except for it’s 450k asking price when it was new. The front engined supercharged v8 packing 617 horsepower would be great for that Vegas to Cali drive just make sure you know where the gas stations are.
There are so many cars I could feature but this page would be too long, I hope some of you could get a chance to go to a show and see these cars in person, it’s worth the early wake up.