Red 1950 Healey Silverstone

August 30, 2015 by

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We like to keep our events & membership way under the radar and for good reason. Every event is like Christmas, with the Midwest’s top collectors with in our fraternity, you never know what might drive in. This month’s Coffee & Classics® Barrington was graced with this impossibily rare 1950 Healey Silverstone. Even Pebble Beach would beg to have this rarity on their lawn.

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August Coffee & Classics This Sunday 8.30.15

August 27, 2015 by

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Due to extreme popularity, Coffee & Classics® parking will be for paid Fuelfed members displaying their 2015 C&C parking pass and for non-members with European classics who purchase a Guest Day Pass. A limited number of paid Fuelfed Modern European members will be admitted if space allows by showing your membership card.

Numbered Guest Day Passes may be purchased for $5 at the entry point on Lincoln by non-members driving European Classics. The $5 will be credited to membership dues if you join the club within 7 days of attending the event.

Parking starts at 8:45am.

If you like, we have windshield display cards for drivers to fill out their cars vitals. This will allow the rest of us to appreciate the classic even if the driver isn’t near by to chat. Click on image below to enlarge and fill in your data, then print it out.

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2015 C&C Parking Map. Click it to enlarge.

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The 1972 Pinto

August 25, 2015 by

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Back in 1972…

It was getting dark as we sped south on Route Ten. The Point beers barely giving us a buzz after the Hilltop burger settled in. Then out from behind the fricking trees pulls a lit squad as we cross County Q at 120 mph.
Damn it!

“Just let off the gas and coast.” “Yeah right! The 12 Weber trumpets will sound like an atomic popcorn machine and the bitch could catch fire.”

Blum, blum, blum, blum, we roll to a stop.

Here he comes. Tap, tap on the window.

“What kind of fancy car is this?” the Wisconsin state trooper quipped.
“It’s the new Pinto,” Jay responded reaching for his wallet.

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Abbey & Lou @ Pebble Beach

August 24, 2015 by

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Of all the Fuelfed members at Pebble Beach this past weekend, none is more deserving of showing than our own Abbey & Lou Natenshon. Those who have been with the club for a while or have been to Coffee & Classics Winnetka have surely met Lou or at least seen either his boat tail Invicta, yellow Iso Griffo or red Devin. Abbey & Lou have given to the Chicagoland classic scene for decades. Whether it was the Auto Historica, Millers at the Mile or their private house parties, they have always kept the standard high and their passion constant. We’ve even had the privilege of drifting around the MKE Mile in Lou’s 1933 Flathead Ford Indy car at the hands of Rex.

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So this year Abbey & Lou brought their 1937 Peugeot 402 Cabby out west for the festivities. Now Lou isn’t one to fuss over minute concours details, as he’d prefer to drive rather than polish, so we’re sure it was a painful preparation. Regardless, they made the scene in grand style and made us all proud.

Looking forward to seeing what Lou’s drives this Sunday morning to Winnetka.

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C&C Barrington This Sunday Morning 8.16.15

August 14, 2015 by

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Barrington, Barrington, Barrington!
Our Fuelfed contingent out in lush horse country insisted they could make Coffee & Classics fly in Barrington. Hell, they’ve been commuting 40 miles each way to Winnetka each month, it was about time we show them some west burb love. Mark, Steve, Hugh, Stephen, Paul, Paul, Terrill & Brian (the other one), put the word & Fuelfed marketing out to their classic community with resounding results. The very first event was a home run, pulling an incredible mix of classic European cars not seen at our Winnetka events.

Ambrosia served the coffee & pastry crowd, while Epicure Bistro offered full-on brunch options like the seasoned pros they are.

We’re very excited to see who drives in this Sunday morning for a our second C&C-Barrington.

Sunday: 9:00am to 11:00am, August 16th, 2015
The Foundry of Barrington, IL
710 West Northwest Highway (Route 14)

More info & downloadable display cards

We’ll just consider this our own little nod to what might be going on out in Carmel right now.
Below is just small sampling of what showed at the first C&C-B back in July under stormy skies.

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Click on thumbnails below to enlarge.

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August Spontaneous Combustion Tonight 8.13.15

August 13, 2015 by

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This month (specifically tonight, August 13th) we head to east Wilmette. This private member Spontaneous Combustion location brings out the classics & cigars. Local Fuelfed member Brandon Cummings of Snapper Creek Beef will be there offering our members small samplings of his 100% grass fed beef burgers straight off the grill. No, this not your sub for a free dinner.

Fuelfed GoGo Joe Glen Ellyn This Saturday Morning

August 6, 2015 by

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We go back to our roots with GoGo Joe this Saturday from 7:00-8:00am in beautiful downtown Glen Ellyn at:
Starbucks, 536 Cresent Blvd. 60137

What do we mean by roots?

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Six years ago when Fuelfed set out to bring focus to classic European car enthusiasts around Chicagoland, the purpose was camaraderie. Not volumes of random cars and vendors vying for attention in a parking lot. Just purely the intent of meeting other good-hearted passionate enthusiasts. Those with a common interest in actually driving and working on their classics.

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The Highland House in Highland Park on Sunday mornings was that place for motorcyclists from 1969 through 2005. Our Coffee & Classics in Winnetka was that genesis for classic European car enthusiasts. It has raised the bar of what classic gatherings should be and is unparalleled in variety, quality and rarity. Something we are extremely proud of.

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Why GoG Joe then?

Intimacy.

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GoGo Joes are designed for the enthusiast who enjoys getting up early and spending a little quiet time driving his or her classic before the rest of the world awakens. Spending quality time conversing with a focused group of local enthusiasts in different towns brings true purpose and perspective to what owning a classic is all about.

Join us this Saturday morning August 8 from 7:00-8:00am in beautiful downtown Glen Ellyn at the Starbuck, 536 Cresent Blvd. 60137

Chances are you’ll meet a new friend that will actually know what a Wentworth bolt is.

The pictures in this post are from our June Lake Bluff GoGo Joe with our host John at Prairie Espresso.

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Always Amazing

July 27, 2015 by

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Regardless of all the copy-cat events popping up around Chicago, the gran daddy of early morning classic car gatherings: Coffee & Classics, continues to attract undoubtedly the greatest mix of European classics anywhere.

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Unimog, Maxton, Devin & SMF?  Sunday morning in Winnetka was again mecca to see the extremely rare, exotic and unique, paired with the feel-good classics that put a smile on everyone’s face.

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Coffee & Classics Winnetka & Fort Lauderdale This Sunday Morning

July 23, 2015 by

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Sunday, July 26. Winnetka: 9:00am to 11:00.
Sorry our permit allows vehicles to start parking at 9:00am, not 8:00am.
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Coffee & Classics® is a private club event for active Fuelfed members displaying their 2015 C&C parking pass. Non-member European classics can purchase a Day Pass for $5 at the entry point on Lincoln. The $5 will be credited to your membership if you join with in 10 days of the attending event. Limited space for Modern European active members who show their current membership card at the gate.

We welcome all spectators and those interested in joining our club.

We strictly enforce a NO SOLICITATION POLICY of our participants and those found doing so, will be briskly escorted out.

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Our man Martin has been hard at work finding ways to improve Coffee & Classics FTL and he’s happy to announce that he has found a new location with a stunning view of the ocean. Jealous!

Many of you have been asking for a space where it’s safer to enjoy our cars and not so congested. We’ve found a spot we think will work great. There’s a ton of space, and some trees to offer some shade. We’re going to meet in the public parking lot on the Southwest corner of Las Olas Blvd and A1A – this is the parking lot immediately south of the famous “Elbo Room”.

Boccaccino Pizzeria and Cafe has agreed to be the host for our gathering – they are on the south end of the parking lot on A1A, and they open for breakfast at 8am.  So, this means that we’ll also be sliding our start time to 8:00 am starting this coming Sunday.  I know! An extra half hour of sleep!!! If you’re putting it into a GPS, use the address for Boccanccino which is: 401 S. Fort Lauderdale Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33316
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Display Cards

If you like, we have windshield display cards for drivers to fill out their cars vitals. This will allow the rest of us to appreciate the classic even if the driver isn’t nearby to chat. Click on image below to enlarge and fill in your data, then print it out.

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FFotW: 1985 Euro Mercedes Benz 500SEC, $4000

July 22, 2015 by

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There are a lot of US 500SEC’s with the anemic federalized engine. Not this Euro grey market bad boy. Full on 240hp hot rod (for 1985). We’ve personally seen this car in the metal and is well worth the small $4000 point of entry into collector car status. The body is rust free and the paint is decent. Era appropriate color-coded Euro bumpers and cladding with rare Euro H4s. The all important plastic chain rails have been recently replaced. The interior is average. Yes, the sunroof works, but sure of the AC.

The owner is willing to trade with other Fuelfed members.

The classic is located in Evanston, IL.

Contact owner.

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