Espresso and Exotics March 26 2016

You may have seen us advertise that if you see us at the Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee we’ll be at the shop having our own version right after. We call it “Espresso and Exotics.” Here is what it looks like. (Photos above) We drink espresso, eat cookies, look at engines and have lively discussions. Massimo also talks about the projects he’s working on while giving a mini tour of the place. Not only do you get to see engine parts you’ve never seen before, but it’s also a chance to have a rare look at what happens to your exotic after you bring it in for repairs.

On this day we actually skipped the car show and went straight to the shop, arriving around 9:AM. So I must now add that if you don’t see us at Aliso Viejo but still would like to have some added fun after the show, give us a call at 949.680.2799 just to make sure we’re there. Drop by, we’ll have a nice cup of espresso waiting for you, Italian style!

Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee Mar 12th 2016

You would think that after visiting so many cars and coffee events that people might eventually become bored with the whole car scene. But for the owners and their car fans, Saturdays are always worth getting up early for; passion never grows old.

What exotic, vintage, strange or rare vehicle will show up today?

Whether making a new friend, showing of a vehicle, or oohing and ahhing over a new arrival,  C&C mornings like these are relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. What exotic, vintage, strange or rare vehicle will show up today? Mix that with the passion in the air and it’s never boring, no matter how many times you attend.

As the crowds snap photos of the cars and the car owners chat the latest gossip, there’s an under currant of anticipation; people’s faces light up and are filled with delight like little kids at a carnival. Some are imagining their dream car, that one there, right in front of them, but instead its sitting in their own driveways.

Once in awhile you see an automobile that brings back memories.

It’s a pleasure to meet up with old friends and tell of new automobile adventures while planning new adventures for the future. But I think probably the best part of attending a Cars and Coffee event is the reminiscing. Once in awhile you see an automobile that brings back memories. At one C&C awhile back there was a Corvair which was the first car I owned after I got my first drivers license. To look at it brought back flashes of joyful moments and life experiences long forgotten.

This time the bittersweet moment a BMW M1, happened for Massimo. He had rebuilt an engine of an M1 back in Colorado for a avid collector of BMWs, (This man had the largest collection it the state at the time.) They were good friends and of course the M1 reminded him of this man. This collector had since passed away, but Massimo still has the valve adjusting shims from that project tucked in his toolbox.

Before I get too sentimental here, without further ado, here are my photos captured from the Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee this past weekend and of course as always, see you next week!

Cars and Coffee Feb 27 2016

Another beautiful Saturday morning for cars and coffee at Aliso Viejo. This time we decided to show off our 1995 Alfa Romeo 164 LS as it had just been detailed and looked spectacular if we do say so ourselves. We set up and then wandered through the event. It was crowded this week, as you can see from the pictures. Many folks came from far and wide. As you know, this particular location attracts a variety of automobiles in various condition which makes Aliso Viejo a very colorful car show to attend. We saw a lot of friends and customers enjoying the day, adding to the fun! A number of Porsche 914s filled up a dream roll on the asphalt including an orange one that had a sticker on it from the 1971 Rally Of Monte Carlo. Now here’s where we got excited, If the sticker isn’t a reproduction then we and this particular Porsche share a common history; Massimo and his brother Bruno Mondino were there at that same rally in 1971!
This week a number of Mini Mokes made an appearance together. They’re such a cute rugged little car with such a rich history that we were just charmed. We learned that the word Moke was an archaic term for donkey and that this mini automobile was designed with the military in mind as a light vehicle but its wheels were just too small. Low ground clearance made it impractical for rough terrain so it became a passenger car. FYI, The Mini Moke had a long production run (1964) through several countries before ending in 1993.

Other cars that caught are attention were 3 Lamborghini’s, (we believe came from the dealer in San Diego) but the show stopping twist, at least for us, was a Ferrari 308 that had been modified into a fully electric vehicle if you can imagine that. In the photos you can see how that looks with cables and batteries. It bore the mark “GTE” instead of the normal GTS. The owner decided he’d had enough and pulled out as we watched it. Even though we knew it was electric, it still left us in a bit of a shock as it accelerated, the only noise it left behind.., a resounding silence. The familiar Ferrari growl disturbingly absent.

As it accelerated, the only noise it left behind was a resounding… silence, that familiar Ferrari growl disturbingly absent.

It was one of those strange disappointments that stop you for a second, and makes you think! We ended up taking a moment to reflect and talked about a future where there were no more of these amazing automobiles and powerful engines with distinctive sounds. It made us miss a future past, a future that we’re at the beginning of now and a past to mourn in our future. Nevertheless, the GTE is  green and promises a cleaner future. A double edge sword and hopefully a fair trade.

 

Source: Mini Moke  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_Moke