Once a month a magical event called Cars & Café where car guys gather to gawk at cars and drink coffee. On the first Saturday of the month from early spring to late fall this event is held at the Auto MotorPlex in Chanhassen, MN. Normally 400 to 500 cars show up with some being on site already stored in garages. There are set parking assignments based on the cars origin. This month’s event happened to be a mere 49 degrees and drizzling rain. This is not the opportune weather for such a event and because of that the turn out was closer to 100 cars then 500. I heard people calling the turn out everything from “weak” to “terrible”. I personally was happy even with 100 cars though obviously would have preferred 500.
There are a good variety of cars that show up to this event and this month’s was no different. Everything from the Ford Mustang with the BMW identity crisis to the Porsche with the Chevrolet small block V8 with supercharger as the engine. Nothing truly seemed out of the ordinary here. Coffee and doughnuts were provided by the sponsors. I even caught Kevin Tan, pulling in. Kevin owns the new European automotive shop in town called Imola Motorsports. Also of note, Imola Motorsports is one of the various sponsors of Cars & Café. Many of the garages at the complex are dreamy to say the least. With car lifts, full kitchens in some, not to mention they are fully customizable to suit the owner. The Auto Motorplex is one sweet place to be. My buddy brought his Honda S2000 and I took our 1990 Nissan 300zx. Of course the cold drizzle and sloppy roads made all the cars quite a mess once at the event.
Free and open to the public you do not even need to own a car worthy of being shown. Many people come to be around car guys and look at the cars. Parking is available right outside the gates. The people that come whether with a car to show or not, are everything from the true car enthusiasts to people that just like to look at cool cars not to mention kids. The first Saturday of November will be the last one for the 2009 season weather depending. Between the coffee and the cars you should definitely check out Cars & Café. My guess is with the weather the way it was today I will be done for this season. Until next years Cars & Café……
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