Cars & Coffee San Clemente Aug 5th 2017
Saturday morning bright and early finds us once more at the San Clemente Cars and Coffee, except this time we brought along our vintage Alfa Romeo 164 LS. The 164 was an awesome model that had a hell of a lot of torque and always made you feel as if you were the master of the road. Well it always made this writer feel that way anyway. So we loved talking it up and sharing it with other Italian car enthusiasts. Again we marveled at our surroundings, with the hills all around we think it’s one of the prettiest backdrops to display, well just about anything but specifically compliments the C&C car show.
As you can see from the pictures there were everything from VW buses (which always bring back fond memories summers of love, surfboards, beach boys, hippies, camping depending upon where in the country you were at the time.) to Porsche and Ferrari. We even spotted a very sleek McLaren! (We’d wish for more vintage supercars though. Where are you?) The new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, was the showstopper and highlight of this particular Cars and Coffee for us. Why? Because the Giulia just in case you didn’t know, has a top speed of 191 MPH and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds. 3.8 seconds… So yeah, absolutely, seeing this new design knocked our Italian socks off!
Anyway here are the newest pics. Enjoy!
You can read about the Giulia here
Cars & Coffee San Clemente July 29th 2017
We were happy to finally make it out to the Cars and Coffee San Clemente this morning bright and early. We arrived at about 6:00 and shortly thereafter the cars started to pour in. The first thing we noticed? How it was entirely surrounded by picturesque hills. Also, (being the parking area for a newer outlet mall,) the place itself was clean and upscale. With it’s large white parking area, it was the perfect backdrop for showing off all the colorful automobiles. It was great to see many new faces. Plus there were a lot of folks and their vehicles from the now defunct C & C in Aliso Viejo.
Ruby’s was serving up hot coffee and yummy pastries and for some of us missing our Panera fix after losing Aliso Viejo, it’s to the left as you drive in. We weren’t sure if it was open or not, but it’s still good to know it’s there. On a personal note, my favorite car this time was the Fiat Multipla. Massimo and his brother used this vehicle (well not this one but one very much like it!) as a working truck when they were young and I love hearing the stories they tell about it.
I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking. However, on a last note, it was totally worth it to make the trip down here and we plan to do it again in the coming weeks.
A very quiet Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo Aug 13th 2016 this week. There is construction (a new restaurant?) taking up a good chunk of the parking lot, or blocking at least the “spotlight” part of the parking lot, an area where many of the heavy hitters showcase their vehicles. This alone changed the vibe of our Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo, it just didn’t feel the same. Many people weren’t in attendance also due to the Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance this week.
However, even though it felt a little smaller and perhaps a little less glamorous, both these changes are temporary and things should go back to normal in the next few weeks. Nevertheless, there were a lot of little delightful details to keep us busy, like cars with eyes, mini cars inside full-size cars, odd vehicles, a pure white poodle in a cherry red car, (They looked amazing!) and even antique costumes to go along with antique automobiles. Take a look at the gallery, we missed the poodle, though, he moved and blurred the shot!
One strange vehicle that resembled some kind of really long skate board…
So we wondered around a bit, took in the sights, said hello to the few diehards then called it. However, we did manage to get some colorful photos of the autos there and one strange vehicle that resembled some kind of really long skate board. We didn’t find out exactly what this thing was, but we’re guessing that if it’s at Cars and Coffee it probably isn’t slow and probably not for the faint of heart either!
This photographer’s favorite pic was the Mercedes kids car nestled inside it’s full sized parent. What a clever idea. Obviously, everyone in that family gets to ride in style!
Virtual Ferrari F1 2000, Come Play!
Virtually of course!
Although we couldn’t produce a real one to show you.., yet. We do have a second best option to “play” with today for a bit of diversion.
A 3D virtual Ferrari F1! That’s right, you can zoom, rotate, flip and in general get a great look at this fantastic example of 3D and great looking ultra automobile.
Remember that back in 2000 the F1 2000 won Ferrari the constructors championship as well as the drivers title for Michael Schumacher and the first title for Ferrari in quite awhile. Anyway you don’t need me to rewrite the story. You can check it out on the F1 Technical Blog, where you can read the full specifications of the car, along with it’s lustrous history.
But don’t forget, AFTER you’ve finished reading, come back and entertain yourself with this cool virtual one. All it would need is that Ferrari engine sound in the background and.., perfection!
To play with the virtual F1 press play (the arrow in the center) and after it loads the model, use your mouse to manipulate the car in any direction by clicking and holding your left mouse button down while moving your mouse around the screen. Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out to get that up close and personal feel. Be sure and check out more automobile 3D models and other things on Sketchfab, it’s a pretty fab way to waste an hour or two.
Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee May 21 2016
And an unexpected event!
What an eventful day! We started out to enjoy it bright and early at Cars and Coffee in Aliso Viejo. The skies were overcast threatening rain so we were surprised at the number of people who turned out this weekend! Thanks to cloudy skies and colorful autos our photos were particularly popping! Lots of exotics this time around and one of our favorites was the corvette with the mini corvette sitting on top of the engine.
What can we say, we’re Italian, regular coffee isn’t strong enough!
As usual, we stopped to chat with our friends and clients while admiring their automobiles Then we headed back to the shop for own version of C and C, we’re calling it Espresso and Cars. What can we say, we’re Italian, regular coffee isn’t strong enough!
At the shop, we helped a client repair a few annoying chips in the paint of his 308 Ferrari. We were lucky to be pleasantly surprised by one of our clients and friend who dropped in to invite us to the Nobles Family Museum in Fountain Valley for a tour, generously put together by our local chapter of the Ferrari Owners Club of Southern California.
We quietly followed him around at least 5 rolls of exotic automobiles, and that was only the inside…,
We raced off to the museum (raced, get it?) where we were treated to a light buffet, then a brief biography by the owner of this wonderland, Yes, Professor Anthony Nobles gave us the tour himself, explaining each car of the collection while we stood around gawking and drooling at them. He described his love for all his exotics and how he drives them in a rotation. He is a definitely a Ferrari enthusiast, with about a third of his automobiles being Ferraris. He even owns the F2001 driven by Michael Schumacher in 2002. We quietly followed him around at least 5 rolls of exotic automobiles, and that was only the inside, outside the entire parking lot was ringed with exquisite automobiles too!
We were very lucky to get a chance to attend!
The museum is not often open to the public. But the Professor sponsors and hosts all kinds of charity events at his museum. We were very lucky to get a chance to attend!
Unfortunately, our photos don’t begin to do it justice to the place although we’ve included what we took. At the bottom is a link to some truly amazing photography that captures the feel of Professor Noble’s dream garage.
A big thank you to Mark Snow, Professor Noble and the Ferrari Owners Club of Southern California for making this one delightful day!
Here is another link for more information about Professor Noble himself. Professor Anthony Noble.
Here comes the bride….,
And if she’s arriving at a church in Italy, it won’t be in a limo.
Arriving in style in Italy means to get there in a spectacular classic Italian automobile! Rich or poor, a vintage Italian automobile is a requirement. Vintage and antique cars play a huge part in traditional weddings in Italy. Perhaps it’s their version of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”
Even cars are romantic in Italy!
Not that they need a wedding rhyme in order to include these legendary charmers. As a matter of fact, classic vintage Italian cars (the older the better) play a big role, not just in weddings but in many of their celebrations and ceremonies. You’ll see them in everything from anniversaries to parades. When we got to attend a wedding in Sant Anna, Italy, the cars and motorcycles were only secondary to the bride and groom themselves. That’s when we realized that even cars are romantic in Italy! We carried these highlight moments back to America with us.
After the bride’s car came the roar and dust of the groom…
The bride made a glamorous entrance in a vintage Fiat 1100 (Millecento) decked out in strategically placed large white bows that complimented the already awesome little car. After the bride’s car came the glint of chrome and the roar and dust of the groom and 25 of his elegantly dressed friends astride motorcycles, most vintage. The grooms bike was decked out in the same big white bows as his soon to be Mrs’s Fiat. The noise, the cars, the motorcycles and the festive atmosphere made for a chaotically delightful, and dramatically beautiful event!
They took their first ride as a married couple in a vintage Ciao..
After the newlyweds finished exchanging vows, they took their first ride as a married couple in a vintage Ciao with a handmade rigged sidecar attached to it for the bride. As the little scooter carried the couple in a hitching, stop start circle around the piazza of the church, the spectators cheered them on. The bride looked a little nervous at her predicament, much to the delight of the crowd.
Today many Italians use vintage America cars in their public celebrations. But this particular wedding was unforgettable, and the addition of the various vintage vehicles (alliteration!) took it over the top and made it an extravaganza, giving it that playful, ever stylish, Italian edge that we all admire and secretly wish we could emulate!
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
The Inner Workings Of The Ferrari 330 GT
What’s more interesting than working on a Ferrari 330 GT? Why sharing all the in and outs of our progress on the project with you folks! Seriously, how often do you get to see the inner workings of these rare cars? To that end we’ve made a couple of videos just to show you what this awesome Ferrari 330 GT looks like, on the inside.
We document everything.
We photograph and film or document everything, each step of the way. We do this for our own information of course, but also for our client who receives a copy of everything we generate during the restoration. This particular video is a quick look at the disassembling of the crank. You’ll also see the main crank caps, cylinder heads with valves and of course piston and rods. After all that the block then needs to be restored to it’s former glorious luster. The initial cleaning of the engine block surface is what you’re seeing as the video closes. Hope you find it as interesting as we did! We have other videos and you can watch them all on our.. Drum roll please,
Okay.., sheepish grin, although we have plenty of video in clips, we’ve only just begun putting them together for You Tube. As you can see we clearly are “amateur status” when it comes to film making. But we have 3 videos to show so far, and we are planning to create a lot more. Hopefully they’ll get better with practice.
Here is the end result of a lot of hard work done on the 330. Block, crank studs, all back together and engine in show ready condition waiting to be reinstalled back into the 330. Stay tuned..