So Saturday morning, Croatian Affairs Specialist Ivan and I traveled down to Pier 32 in San Francisco for our first taste of Cars and Coffee in the Bay Area. We had a feeling it was going to be good, but we were not prepared for just how good it would be. The location was Bay Bridge close, the parking was easy and cheap and the cars were plentiful. TLP sends out a special shout out to NorCal Lambo club president George Markle for the heads-up about the event!
Well, lets just say, it was fantastic!
From the parking lot we came across an amazing and heavily customized hot rod and a multi-millimeter-high Caddy Wagon that left us speechless. Then there was the third car...oh the third car. Set among the new and vintage selections provided by BMW of SF was a lovely Pagani Zonda F. It was the first that either of us had ever seen, let alone heard (see video). As the lot filled in, the hits just kept on coming.
The aforementioned NorCal Lambo club came out in full force (as usual) with a stampede of bulls of all shapes and sizes and colors. The Tifosi were also well represented with a damn decent selection of Maranello's finest. (These folks also provided quite the audible sensation as they left the event...so thanks to them and thanks to the hundreds of motorcycle cops in the adjacent parking lot for not putting the kibosh on it)
The rest of the participants represented all corners of the automotive universe. There were hot rods, classic American, American muscle, British, a few tasty German jobs from the 70s-80s and many late modes from BMW and Porsche, several GTR's (including an example in classic Martini livery), and even some older, and more historically significant classics from around the world in a cordoned off area. I was especially impressed with a couple of the cars that BMW of SF provided. The first was a standard M1 (if there is such a thing) and the second, an M1 Procar...neither of which I would expect to see outside of a significant vintage race or other event. They really made my day.
All in all, worth the time and the drive. Both of us would encourage you to get up early to make the drive to a Cafe SpA event. They are held every first Saturday of the month on Pier 32 in San Francisco. Please visit their website.