It has been four long months of winter wonderland but the sun has finally broken out and the snow is melted. Another season of Cars & Café has come upon us and the first one of the season did not disappoint. I was a little nervous as the weather predictions for Saturday were calling for rain, but that all changed last Friday. I started to get hope as the prediction changed to a chilly 51 degrees and sunny. I woke up early Saturday morning (late, I was supposed to get up at 6 but had a major alarm clock fail on my part. I forgot to turn it on and woke up at 6:37 am) and looked outside to find the sun breaking cover. Excited, I hopped in our 1990 300ZX and headed out to the AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen.
It was a chilly 42 degrees at 7:38 am when I rolled into the AutoMotorPlex. Gates opened at 6:30 am and only a few tuned up Audi’s and a lonely (read awesome) BMW Z8 were there so far. I parked in the Japanese parking area and started mingling. Cars started pouring in around 8 am and it just never stopped. The sun started warming things up and we reached a nice 57 degrees. It turned into a huge turnout with couples, families and enthusiasts alike, all coming together with the passion of automobiles.
Some of the more notable (read interesting) rides included a first generation Scion XB that was white with plain steel wheels. What made it really interesting was it was lowered, had the windows tinted, and had strips of LED lights taped (yes, taped with black duct tape) directly above the headlights. Parked next to that was a Nissan 240SX with a broken up body kit that was held on with zip ties. Yes, you read that right zip ties. The 240SX was painted green with John Deer graphics. The owner commented on how the zip ties break all the time and he replaces them constantly.
All was not lost though because many really awesome cars where there as well. There were more Corvettes from all different eras than I could count. Some Corvettes were heavily modified some were plain stock though most were tasteful (save for a few). A Volkswagen bus showed up and was in really good condition. When a mid 80’s Mazda RX7 pulled in, I knew something interesting was under the hood mainly because of the sound coming out of it. Upon further inspection the owner had shoved a LS1 engine under the hood with a custom exhaust system. One of the most questioned cars was the original Mini Cooper but it was a stretch limo version. The owner informed people it was originally owned by the Spice Girls and was actually signed by them on the rear.
The cars garnering the most attention were the Ford GT, Lamborghini Murcielago, De Tomaso Pantera and the Aston Martin(s). A ton of American cars showed up and they even had their own (decent size) section. Three Pontiac G8’s were in attendance all parked next to each other. Two were GT’s and one was a GXP. The GXP had a Holden badge on the rear and one GT had a custom hiding (flip down) front license plate.
The turnout was terrific. The weather held out and really ended up being beautiful. I am not sure we could have asked for a better Cars & Café to kick off the season! Here is looking forward to the first Saturday next month.