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

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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We got up early this morning to attend the Cars and Coffee in Alisa Viejo, and boy was it a blast! We brought a Ferrari work in progress to show, but were surprised that almost every vehicle imagined was represented, from Fiat 500 to Rolls Royce! People were laid back and friendly as they sipped coffee and chatted about of course, cars, theirs and others. All the makes and models presented a perfect photo opportunity so we snapped quite a few shots; a riot of color and shape. We’ve uploaded what we saw, including our artistic attempts, so you could see them too! We love Cars and Coffee event in Aliso Viejo, (and anywhere else for that matter,) what a seriously cool way to spend a leisurely Saturday morning!