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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Geneva GoGo Joe This Saturday Morning

July 17, 2015 by

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This month we go out west to beautiful downtown Geneva on the Fox river. FFG100 Tim Kautz will be our host at the Starbucks on the corner of State and 3rd starting at 7:00am. Come out for a quick shot of classic European car camaraderie with fellow enthusiasts from our western contingent.

Those heading to Elkhart for the Historics, join us for a toast at 6:00pm in Siebkens during the concours.

Coffee & Classics® Barrington This Sunday 7.12.15

July 10, 2015 by

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Fuelfed is very proud to now have Coffee & Classics® continuing our tradition of classic European gatherings in the beautiful village of Barrington, IL. Classic European enthusiasts in the northwest suburbs will now have their own C&C to share their passion with other like-minded drivers. Sunday, July 12, 2015: 9:00am to 11:00am.
Event parking is for Classic European cars (pre-1990) only. All others are welcome to attend and park in the general parking area. See map below.

An Iso Grifo parked next to an MGB-GT, or a Porsche 959 next to a Bugatti Type 35? Maybe a Ferrari 250 GTO and a Karmann Ghia cabrio…you bet.

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Coffee & Classics is not a juried car show, but rather the original Sunday morning gathering to keep the old gears oiled. This event is not about how much money you paid for the newest super-car, but rather about driving your European classic as it was meant to be driven. From Aston to Zagato, or Alfa to VW, it doesn’t matter, just drive it.

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

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Sunday: 9:00am to 11:00am, July 12
The Foundry of Barrington, IL
710 West Northwest Highway (Route 14)

View Parking Map.

 

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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Fuelfed Spontaneous Combustion Tonight 7.9.15

July 9, 2015 by

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This month we head to the west Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago just a few blocks from the original Fuelfed garage. This private member Spontaneous Combustion location brings out the crowds & cigars. Hofherr meat will be there to show the big boys how to roast a pig in more ways than one.

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Red, Red, Yellow

June 30, 2015 by

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Just a few Ferraris we hung with at Road America.

Historic Vincents @ Coffee & Classics This Sunday

June 25, 2015 by

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One of the most revered marques in the history of motorcycles will be our special guest this Sunday in Winnetka. In June 2014, we set a record for most Vincents actually ridden to a gathering in the US. This Sunday morning, the Chicago Section of the Vincent Owners Club plan on beating that record. This is a very rare opportunity the public never has to see these extremely collectible machines outside a museum.

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We will allow a small selection of vintage European motorcycles to show next to the Vincents. Admittance will be at the discretion of the directors at the main gate based on space available.

The main gate at Lincoln & Oak for classic entry opens at 9:00am. Day Passes will be  available.

Coffee & Classics® is a private club event for active Fuelfed members and we welcome all spectators and those interested in joining our club. Conversely, we do not tolerate any solicitation of our members for any purpose.

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May Coffee & Classics Recap

June 23, 2015 by

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One would think it was March 31st rather than May 31st. But even the 40º temps, rain and chilling wind off the lake, didn’t keep our enthusiasts and fans from making Mays’ Coffee & Classics a success.

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Again, some incredible European classics made their way to Winnetka. Not the least of which were a Lancia Stratos, Porsche 959, Ferrari 250 Drago body & Mercedes Adenauer.

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Another great sight was the proliferation of parent/child enthusiast combos of all ages.

One young enthusiast got a big thrill with a generous ride in the Stratos. His iPhone recording every second. Hell, we haven’t gotten a ride in a Stratos. But then who has?

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Overall, a great diverse gathering as always.

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Riding in the Passenger Seat

June 22, 2015 by

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My daughter uttered those seven words that strike fear into the depths of a father’s soul: “Dad! I want to drive the Porsche!”

Oh, boy. Here we go.

Of course, I had to expect it as I was the one who would drag her to Road America for vintage races and make her ride in the back of the Mercedes wagon for touring laps at the ripe old age of 10.

I’m the one, when asked what I want for Christmas or birthdays or Fathers Day, always gives the same answer: A new Porsche. It’s me who points out the coolest, hottest cars on the street as well as the goofy posers.

She learned to drive stick on the BMW and the clutch, now quite a bit looser thanks to her learning curve, was still operational after she graduated. So on a blustery morning, we were off to the May 2015 Coffee and Classics in the 912.

She wasn’t ready for the expressways yet so we stopped at the new retail center at the old naval air station (“I’m coming back here to shop!”), she got behind the wheel, and away we went.

“Hey! This is fun!”

Without incident, except for some reticence on her part (“Sweetie, you don’t have to shift at 2,000 rpms. You can go higher than that.”), we drove down Willow road and into downtown Winnetka. We found the gathering and were greeted by familiar faces and even a couple of members of the local paparazzi.

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We grabbed some coffee and an egg-something-or-other and walked around to look at all the cars, her viewpoint and mine much different.

Hers was a much more visceral reaction to the assortment of cars than mine. She was seeing many of these makes and models close up for the first time, and the idea of building a car from an airplane fuselage out of necessity because all the car factories had been destroyed during the war was truly foreign to her.

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Plenty of people watching, and one of her favorites was also one of the rarer entrants of the day: a black 959.

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Then finally, starting to shiver in the late morning chill, we said good bye to our hosts and drove off.

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But not before hitting the twisties on Sheridan Road. Feeling much more comfortable behind the wheel, she went way above 2000 rpms on Sheridan Road.

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She drove the whole way home – even on the expressways – and while she got used to the sounds and the idiosyncrasies of a 48-year old car (“You pull that lever down there back and that’s heat? That’s it?”), we began having one of those conversations that usually take place during a car ride. Where you can talk with an openness that doesn’t occur in other situations. Where talk of dreams and goals and ambitions flows easily.

I learned this when the girls were younger; we would go out for an ice cream cone and all of a sudden a 30-minute drive in the car would invite a more involved and comfortable conversation than an hour anywhere else.

Except now she was a grown woman, and the conversation and the dreams had grown with her, and I was the passenger and she was in charge. She was driving. And together we were enjoying and experiencing one of her old man’s passions together.

It just might rub off.

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