09th Oct2017

Euro Brews: Cars and Doggos

by Michael Chandler

I started this past weekend off by not really sleeping in, and going to Euro Brews for the first time in a while.  I managed to show up before everyone (hooray poor time management!), and watch a bit of Petit Le Mans.  Then everyone showed up, and conversations were had.  

There was also a very good doggo who showed up in a 2002.  Good dog!  

Also this fancy lookin hybrid sports coupe made an appearance.  A decent amount of people came out, so here’s a gallery of that.

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24th Feb2017

Caption This

by Michael Chandler

Chance Hales, of Everyday Driver, showed up to EuroBrews in his Orange (that’s the official Porsche name for it) Boxster.  This caused Pizza Dad Brandon and myself to come over and chat with him about it.  Also along for it was the owner of that Beetle.  I don’t remember most of what was said, but I do have this picture.  So go ahead internet, caption this.  Best caption gets some stickers, including a CAM slap.

While we’re here, here are some other non-car photos from EuroBrews:

And it was Pizza Dad’s birthday earlier this week, so late happy birthday Brandon!

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20th Feb2017

EuroBrews Gallery

by Michael Chandler

It’s the end of a holiday weekend, which is sad.  BUT I have a bunch of photos from one of our local cars & coffee meets: EuroBrews.  It’s an exclusively Euro thing… Except for the R32 GTS4 and the R35 that were there… And the twin turbo Terminator Mustang… But other than that, all Euro.

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06th Feb2015

Meet Your Heroes

by Michael Chandler

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Someone, somewhere once said to never meet your heroes.  They said never meet your heroes because they can never live up to the ideal you’ve built for them in your mind.  I take issue with this.  I had two posters on my wall as a kid: a Lamborghini Countach and Michael Jordan.  From everything I’ve seen and heard, MJ is a hyper-competitive guy who has taken to posterizing old guys at his basketball fantasy camps.  The Countach is impossible to drive, you can’t see out of it, reversing it requires a spotter and someone to stop traffic, and the “creature comforts” leave something to be desired.

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One year when I was a kid two things happened: I saw Michael Jordan play and I saw a Countach in person.  The events weren’t related; however, if I saw MJ driving a Countach down my street my little head would’ve exploded.  Why am I telling this rambling story?  Because I met one of my heroes, the Lambo, and it didn’t change how I thought or think about it.  It’s still one of my favorite cars, flaws be damned.  My feelings would probably change if I drove it, but that would be getting to know it and not just meeting it.

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The other morning I went to Cars & Coffee because I wanted to shoot photos and clear my head.  At the far end of the parking lot there was this pair of Diablos: a 1997.5 Roadster and a 2000 VT.  These were the stars of the meet, people were coming up and taking photos of and with them, Chad (owner of the green machine) was revving the motor for the children and was answering pretty much every question about the big Italians.  For some of these people, these were/are their hero cars.  And they were loving them.

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Did the dog leg gear box let them down?  No.  Did the tall instrument cluster and low seating position kill the image of their hero?  Not a chance.  These people got to walk up to their hero, say hi, take some pictures and gawk at them.  None of their flaws shown through.  Were the fans aware of these “issues”? Yeah, anyone who has read ANYTHING about them knows the problems, but that doesn’t matter.  Seeing the car you had all over your wall as a kid in the flesh makes you completely ignore all of those issues.  You go back to being an excitable little kid.  It’s great.

 

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When I was in high school I wanted two cars: an Evo (to spite Trent who had just picked up a brand new STi.  I was and am a very petty person) and a Mopar of any sort.  Challenger, Charger, Dart, didn’t matter.  I just wanted one.

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When I was pulling in to park, I spotted this Challenger T/A.  I parked as close to it as I could (without parking among the cars who were there to be seen) and instantly noticed a Ford F-350 that had all of its utility modified out of it parked next to the Challenger.  The hulking mass of the diesel cast a massive shadow over the car, making a proper photos showcasing the color and graphics on the T/A almost impossible.

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Then, suddenly, the Ford grumbled to life and slowly rolled out of the parking lot.  The driver’s side of the Challenger was awash in sunlight, and was being approached by the owner and a giddy passenger.  I snapped off a few frames, and then…

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The owner fired it up, and let the 340 roar.  His passenger was grinning ear to ear as the mechanical noise of the trio of carburetors fed fuel and air into the motor.  I was giddy too.  This wasn’t the first time I had seen a nice Challenger, but it was nice running into one that was fanning the flames of enthusiasm in a young fan.

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The posters may have come down long ago, but the kid who put them up is still alive in all of us. Weekly meets like Cars & Coffee give us opportunities to be wide eyed, excitable kids.  Wake up early on Saturday, go meet your heroes.

Bonus gallery!:

Words and Photos by Michael Chandler
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13th Apr2012

Cars and Coffee Irvine 04/07/2012

by Trent


While in Long Beach covering the Formula Drift event, I made the wise decision to wake up at 5am and go to the Irvine, CA cars and coffee event. It is a car guy rite of passage. I talked briefly with Michael who was visiting from Chicago and came out to see the cars too. This is unlike your ordinary cars and coffee(unless you live around Irvine of course), the cars are rare and exquisite.

We also teamed up with [func-shun] to bring you this video.

This place had heavily modified GT-R’s, sure. But does your cars and coffee have a Vector M12 or Spyker C8?
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Spyker C8
On this occasion, Porsche was the featured marque to honor the late Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche. This gave them a special section of parking right by the coffee. And there were no shortage of Porsches.
Porsche 911 Butzi Porsche
997 Porsche 911
Porsche 911 GT3RS
Porsche 356
And since pictures are worth a thousand words, and I’m a man of few, I will let the pictures speak the rest of the story.
Lotus Evora
E9 BMW 3.0CSi
Blacked out Ford GT
E30 BMW M3
Ferrari 430 Scuderia
Ferrari 458 Italia
Ferrari 330 grille
Aston Martin Vantage
Bentley Brooklands Coupe
Individual Throttle Bodies(ITB)
Spyker C8 in California
Spyker C8 interior
Lamborghini Countach interior
Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series
Audi R8 V10
Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca
Mercedes-Benz 190SL
Mercedes-Benz 190E Evolution
Mercedes-Benz 190E DTM
Dodge Viper Laguna Seca
Original Fiat 500 Cinquecento
Ferrari 512TR Testarossa
Line of Nissan GT-R R35's
Huge V8 motor and blower in van
BMW X6M modified
Yellow Nissan GT-R
Modified Toyota Supra
Clean NA2 Acura NSX
Want wallpapers? Leave a comment telling me which picture you want and I’ll include a wallpaper for you in a future Photo Friday update.

Words and Photos by Trent Bray
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