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.

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!

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 Aliso Viejo Dec 12 2015

This morning found us at the Cars and Coffee in Aliso Viejo, our favorite venue for cars, coffee and pastries from Panera Bread. This time we brought our own Ferrari to show off so we were there bright and early. We don’t know if there was something in the air this time, perhaps a bit of magic? But this weeks gathering was particularly captivating with many stunning vehicles and interesting folks in attendance. One BMW brought along some Christmas cheer to share with all of us (First photos) that we think set the tone for good lightheartedness and above all, fun for the upcoming holidays! We even had a celebrity among us or so it was rumored, a very well loved actor arrived driving car “42” do you recognize him? One photographer gave us the idea to take moon hubcap photos, shooting to capture the other vintage vehicle in the hubcaps reflection. We’re not sure we did a great job but what an excuse to capture more pictures of these awesome cars! After much laughter, chatter and of course a couple of pastries; pain au chocolat, we headed back to the shop where we indulged in our own interpretation of coffee, you guessed it, espresso, Italian style. All in all, we think this weeks Cars and Coffee was one of the best we’ve been to. We still look forward to next week’s though!

Remember, if you see us at Cars and Coffee wandering around, it means afterwards we’ll be headed back to the shop (It’s right up the street) for espresso. You are more than welcome to come and share some talk and some really amazing espresso with us!

The owner even created a matching helmet for it!

The guys took to the highway to attend “The Best Of  France and Italy” car show on Sunday Nov 1st 2015 in Woodly Park, Van Nuys, California. They came back with a bunch of photos.., um, that were so bad I couldn’t use. Nevertheless I thought I’d post the 5 good pics as they capture some of the coolest cars ever made, including one artistic handmade newcomer based off of the Italian Piaggio, a 3 wheeled motorcycle, body wrapped in gleaming chrome. The owner even created a matching helmet for it!

The day was perfect for this laid back extremely European festa/celebration of fine French and Italian vehicles. This is a once a year event thrown by the kind folks from Autobooks-Aerobooks and I’m hearing it was one of the most attended since it’s beginning 14 years ago. Needless to say there were plenty of folks to show their cars and others to admire all the entrants with just about every make and model of Italian and French vehicles represented. Participants were allowed to come and go with said vehicles, (hence the laid back description.) and there was plenty of parking for all the spectators, which is always an important detail.

“The sleekest car there.”

While Massimo’s friend showed his 308 Ferrari, Massimo wandered the park. He was most impressed by these 3 vehicles (probably why the photos came out so well.) The Piaggio, the black and  yellow Bugatti and his ultimate favorite, the Zagato. “The sleekest car there.” He felt that the design was so elegant with the graceful dip it it’s roof; there was just nothing else that compared.”  Of the French cars he said; “Amazing, some of those cars I haven’t seen since I was 14.” Which in my mind literally means you’d have to had grown up in some exotic locale in Italy or France to have seen these vintage beauties as daily drivers…, sigh.

All in all The Best Of France and Italy was a fantastic day for car lovers of all kinds and the extraordinary techs who love to work on them and next year it will be the “guys” and the gal in attendance.

http://www.franceanditaly.com/

Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo All Hallows’ Eve

Most Saturdays find us at the local car shows as you know, after viewing all the cars, our visits and chats with the owners, some coffee and of course pastries, we’re back in the shop, finishing needed projects and preparing for the next week of work. The car shows and especially this one, energize and inspire us for the week ahead which is what they should do; spark dreams and ignite passionate ambitions.

Today’s’ (Saturday Oct 30th 2015) Cars and Coffee was as inspirational as ever and there was nothing spooky about it, being Halloween and all that is. There were a couple of skeleton dogs and one guy dressed up as a viking.) Lot of Ferrari’s here today as well, but what interested us this week were some of the more unusual automobiles like the Topolino. We always love to see these vintage automobiles and it’s always a treat when you realize that it may be the last time to actually see in person that very auto you’re admiring at that moment!

To see all these beautiful automobiles week after week never gets old. There is always something new, something unique or flat out strange, to enjoy. Obviously we aren’t the only ones who feel this way as each week we see familiar friendly faces ready to chat with us. Here is our take in pictures of autos not seen at the Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee previously.

 

Cars And Coffee, OC Fairgrounds Aug 22, 1015 short report. Yes, the cars and coffee rumors I wrote about in my last post were all true, (but you all knew that!) and this morning we found ourselves at the OC Fairgrounds eager to check it out and share in the fun. There was a nice crowd for it’s debut and we spotted many unusual automobiles including a Ferrari La Ferrari, an F99 Ferrari, some very vintage Fords, (the kind you have to turn in the front to start) and also Steve Mcqueen’s vintage Jag XKSS. Apparently Doug Cavanaugh the founder of Ruby’s Diner was responsible for this perfect space by negotiating a deal with the State of California and the Marketplace and Ruby’s had a booth set up, supplying the “coffee” part of the event. All in all it was a successful morning for the new Cars and Coffee OC Fairgrounds offshoot and it was a pleasure to attend. The Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee will continue on so now we have two car shows to attend on Saturday mornings, very awesome if you are a car enthusiast!

Here’s the Car and Coffee OC’s flyer to download: Click here

Or you can read it online here.

There’s a map and directions to the State Fairgrounds on the website. They have an extensive list of requirements so be sure to visit to see if your car qualifies!  OCCarsAndCoffee

For vendor info: info@ocmarketplace.com

Cars And Coffee Photo, Aliso Viejo. Jeff Henyan and Massimo Mondino

Cars And Coffee Aliso Viejo. Jeff Henyan and Massimo Mondino

Cars and Coffee, Aliso Viejo, Aug 8th 2015. Spend another glorious morning with the cars and coffee crowd. Posting these pictures kind of late as tomorrow is Saturday again with another cars and coffee event coming up, but we couldn’t resist posting these photos from last weekend, of these beautiful automobiles, such a shame to leave these beauties languishing on our computer!
Boy has c&C Aliso Viejo become popular. The event has gotten so large compared to it’s former humble beginnings that it is barely recognizable. We remember when not even a quarter of that lot was full and maybe included 3 rolls of vehicles! (I’ve posted a couple of photos of this so you can see what it is today) Autos take up almost the entire parking lot now, packed from the front to the back. So now instead of a cars and coffee event, it’s officially become THE Aliso Viejo Cars And Coffee “Event.”
While Visiting one of our happy customers was delighted to pose for a photo with us along with his car and we were delighted to have a chance at a snap with him! Here is Mr. Jeff Henyan with Massimo Mondino and his Ferrari 360 Modena behind him.
On a light note, there was a bit of gossip floating around that because the Aliso Viejo cars and coffee had gotten so big that there might be a split so to speak, into two ventures with the new second venue being held at the state fair grounds. Now this is completely unconfirmed gossip mind you, but if it were true, what a intriguing development. What have you heard? Let us know in the comments.

One of the projects I remember well was from when I was working on an engine rebuild of a 1938-1939 2.9 V Alfa Romeo, not only was this a very cool car to look at but mechanically it was unique, and I’ll tell you why in a moment, so it was with great pleasure that I embarked on this unusual project. As I began to take the engine apart and clean the individual pieces, I noticed that there was writing on the parts, and as I squinted to read the writing I could see that each was not only made by hand but signed and dated with the name of the artisan. The dates were all different, 1937, 1938, and the names, Giuseppe, Guido, went on and on as I uncovered each piece. Even the value spring was signed and dated “1936” in tiny tiny script, Each part of that engine whether large or small, was beautifully crafted by people who were so proud after it was finished, that they signed their names to the work. It made me wonder what they would think if they knew that almost 70 years later someone would take apart this engine and read their signatures and what would they think of the work we do today? How difficult these pieces would have been to create back then when there were no machines to help, when every part had to be exact, planned created, honed again and again until it was perfect; each piece worth signing. But most of all as I did my work, I wondered what happened to them, these people who put so much heart into everything they did. Not long after these parts were made war broke out. Did they survive? What were their lives like after? Did they go on to make more more automobile parts, or something else? There was a time when people cared about the quality of their work and took pride in it and the entire time I was rebuilding this beautiful 1938 Alfa Romeo it was indeed a sentimental journey, and one of the most touching projects I have ever worked on.

 

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