October Coffee & Classics Ends the Season with a Spectacular Array of European Veterans

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We weren’t sure what might show up for the final Fuelfed hurrah that cold blustery Sunday morning. So we arrived early to set up the signage and poster stand, only to find seventeen classics already parked on the west side of Lincoln. Lambo, Messerschmitts, DeTomaso, P1800, Xk120 FHC, 356s. Quite the spread. And they kept coming. 356 after 911 after 2002 after E-Type after Citroen. The sights, sounds and exhaust fumes brought a tear to my eye.

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I have to say, there’s not much better anticipation than hearing some distant exhaust note coming down Greenbay Rd., the blip of the throttle down to second gear and the rumbling over the east Elm bridge to reveal the classic chassis cradling a flat, straight or V engine. Especially when a parade 911s and Jaguar E-Types are following each other. Absolutely glorious!

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Bart brought his Datsun 510 BRE straight from its last track event, resplendent with burnt race rubber splatters and brake dust.

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The crisp October air was filled with excitment as everyone knew this was their last opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. The classics kept arriving; 300sl, ’73 911 RSR, Lancia Fulvia and Aurelia Spyder, Morgan, MGA, Speedsters, Ferrari, Maserati.

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To be honest, I lost count and couldn’t keep up, nor did we capture every vehicle on digital film. But the final count, so we were told, was 74 cars in total. White was the theme color this month.

Lorraine and Heather moved most of the 2011 Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Enthusiast Posters, and kept warm with Café Aroma coffee and friendly conversation with curious drivers.

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The most important aspect of Coffee & Classics has always been the people. From the classic enthusiasts and their significant others, to the Winnetka residents and their children, everyone truly enjoys the monthly gatherings. Though the gathering is technically from 9 :00am to 11:00am, most are still chatting well past noon.

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I personally enjoy the pure delight I see on kids faces as they jump from car to car asking their parents a million questions, with the occasional, ” I want a cool car like this someday” or the embarrassing, ” Dad, why can’t we have a car like this?” And that’s how it starts. Just like the day my father came home with his Porsche in 1970.

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Another treat is that you never know what might show up next. This month, as things were winding down, in rolls a 1929 Ford service van with era-appropriate graffiti straight from the Lee Hartung collection. A true Fuelfed driver completely unrestored and running on it’s original plates and tires! Alan quickly greeted the driver and as he knew the truck from his high school days of buying vintage Ford parts from Lee. Alan explained the North Shore myth of Lee Hartung and of the upcoming auction of his estate. Of course I had to go to the auction for this once in a life time viewing of the largest unrestored collection of pre-War cars, cycles, toys and automobile signage. But that will be covered in a later post.

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The 2011 Fuelfed Coffee & Classics season may be over, but the friendships, camaraderie and thoughts of Spring will carry us for the next five months. Thank you to all those who have gathered at Elm and Lincoln each month to help make Coffee & Classics the North Shores’ best kept secret… just the way we like it.

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3 Responses to “October Coffee & Classics Ends the Season with a Spectacular Array of European Veterans”

  1. Allan Price Says:

    Nice work in evert respect ,Brian. Can’t wait for Spring. In the meantime, a cocktail party this winter is a great idea. Have a lovely TG.

  2. andy daley Says:

    Thanks for all your work, Brian. It’s much appreciated.

  3. Jim Kutill Says:

    Brian, great job this year. The events seem to get larger and better each month. I think a winter time gathering would be nice.

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