October 2012 Coffee & Classics Finale

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October’s Fuelfed Coffee & Classics was bittersweet. It was a week after I lost my father, and the weather was unseasonably cold. However, the Fuelfed fraternity of enthusiasts came out in record numbers and more importantly, I was warmed by the constant heart-felt condolences from nearly every driver. Many had pictures of my father on their passenger seats or taped to their windshields as a tribute his strong influence to what is now the Fuelfed spirit.

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We had over 120 European classics gather, second only to September’s record 142 (I know, I’ll get to the pictures soon). As one Ferrari owner complimented the gathering as “the premier European assemblage in the Midwest…hands down!” “Hell, I find it more engaging than anything this side of Peeble Beach. Where else are you going to see a Bugatti Type 35, Ferrari F40 and Miura driven to and from an event on public roads. Then parked between a VW Karmen Ghia and BMW Isetta? It’s like a driving museum”.

We here at the Fuelfed garage couldn’t agree more. The level cars has changed in two short years, but the level of enthusiasm has remained consistent regardless of the car driven. Coffee & Classics has allowed North Shore European classic car enthusiasts to have their own venue to share their camaraderie. We plan to keep it that way.

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It’s always been about the people. With new young drivers down 23% from 1999 (thank Facebook and texting), the coolest thing we see is the upswing in families and the next generation of enthusiasts that are attending. As much as we obsess about our collectibles today, who’s going to cherish them when we’re gone? Yep, we need to steward the future custodians of our classics today. We very proud that we see this happening at Coffee & Classics. Besides there’s no app (yet) to teach the virtues of heal and toe techniques.

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Weather permitting, we may have another Evening Spontaneous Combustion before the snow flies. Until then enjoy the video & pictures.

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Below is a video walk through.

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Please click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

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3 Responses to “October 2012 Coffee & Classics Finale”

  1. Jim Kutill Says:

    Brian, I can’t thank you and your family enough for your efforts. The events have been great, but the people have been better. I’ve met so many fun folks and heard their stories of their cars, it’s become a can’t miss event. Again, all our condolences to you and your family for the loss of your dad.

    I’m the 914 in the photos. .

  2. Tommy Tee Says:

    Brian-
    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts in putting this classic show together.
    See you next year!

  3. marshall loeb Says:

    I had a great time at allof the events this past season. I have the blue Stingray that is shown. Will you be having a show at the end of this month? Marshall Loeb

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