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!

Professional Photos Of The Noble Family Museum

Here is another link for more information about Professor Noble himself. Professor Anthony Noble.

Ferrari Owners Club SoCal

 

 

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

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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