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Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Barrington Recap

May 24, 2017

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For last Sunday’s Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Barrington we started with questionable weather, but she held back to allow drivers to feel confident to bring their precious iron.

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And out they came. Dennis debuted his new FrankenRacer based on a TR3. Robert’s Countach made it. We’re honored that Bob’s stunning silver 250 Berlinetta has become a Barrington staple. Detomaso Magusto… we’ll take two please. The other crowd pleasers were the fleet of Polish Fiat racers and military service truck. Mike’s Doretti and Bob’s unrestored black Ferrari 250GT PF never let down.

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We want to thank Epicure and Ambrosia for serving up the coffee, pastries and brunch.

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Fuelfed Coffee and Classics Barrington 5.21.17

May 19, 2017

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The battle between Barrington & Winnetka for rarest European classics continues this Sunday morning.

9:00am to 11:00am, May 21, 2017
The Foundry of Barrington, IL
710 West Northwest Highway (Route 14)

First Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Barrington This Sunday Morning

May 16, 2017

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This Sunday morning May 21, we continue our very successful Coffee & Classics series in Barrington for 2017. Last year saw an incredible new crop of classic European cars vastly different than what we see in Winnetka or anywhere else for that matter.

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9:00am to 11:00am, May 21, 2017
The Foundry of Barrington, IL
710 West Northwest Highway (Route 14)

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Ambrosia and Epicure Bistro will both be serving up coffee, pastries and brunch options.

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First a little Spring garage cleaning.

1. Coffee & Classics is a private club event for current Fuelfed club members. However, if you have a classic European car manufactured prior to 1990, you can make a donation of $5 at the main gate to show your car. We encourage you to join Fuelfed and your $5 will be credited to your membership dues.

2. Please arrive at 9:00am, not 8:30am.

3. Those posting pictures online, we ask that give the courtesy to let others know you were at Fuelfed Coffee & Classics. And yes. Fuelfed has an official Instagram account #fuelfedcarclub.

4. Finally, we do not allow any soliciting, nor marketing of your car or services at any Fuelfed events.

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View Parking Map.

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Display Cards

We ask drivers to download windshield display cards and fill out their car’s 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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We want to thank our partners in alpha order:

BTR-Chicago
Catalyst Communications
Conlon / Christie’s
Hagerty
Imports Unlimited
Northshore Sportscars
Perfect Power
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Fuelfed MotorGearo is Ramping Up!

May 11, 2017

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The Fuelfed MotorGearo grill badges are in! Three weeks out until our vintage rally weekend starts. We have two slots left for those who truly enjoy driving their European classics the way they meant to be driven.

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Sibling Jealousy…

May 4, 2017

Our younger brother, Coffee & Classics FTL, gets to kick us with this while we suffer in 40 degrees and rain. Photo by Jon VanWoerden

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April C&C Debrief

May 2, 2017

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As is our event policy, rain or shine and we’ll let the drivers decide if they want to drive or not. The weather predicted 90% of rain for our first Coffee & Classics® of 2017. Unfortunately they were right for once. Nonstop rain all morning. Up went the blue rain tents for the first time in our eight year history of Coffee & Classics.

We have to thank all the workers that proved their integrity by doing their job regardless. A big thanks to Mel, Jean, Neal, Sid, Scott, Howard, Shahin, little Justin, John, John S., Dennis & Patrick.

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Well, they did come one by one. Someone must have announced that it was beige German car day, as half the cars were just that. Several new members in their British iron made the trip, even the little 2CV from Barrington, and yes they all started.

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As drab as it was, about 35 members came out just to support the effort in their modern cars. The blue tents became the mecca for rainy morning car chat.

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Not up to the normal Fuelfed standards attendance-wise, but everyone enjoyed each others company and that’s what Fuelfed is truly about.

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Fuelfed Coffee & Classics® Winnetka This Sunday Morning!

April 28, 2017

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Has it been eight years already since Fuelfed® started the famous Coffee & Classics ® Sunday morning gatherings? The Crown Jewel of Midwest car gatherings returns to beautiful downtown Winnetka this Sunday, April 30th from 9:00am to 11:00am for the first C&C of 2017.
Yep, rain or shine.

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First a little Spring garage cleaning.

1. Coffee & Classics is a private club event for current Fuelfed club members. C&C is not an open car show for every & any car. There are plenty of other car events with that format. However, if you have a classic European car manufactured prior to 1990, you can make a donation of $10 at the main gate for entry with your car. We encourage you to join Fuelfed and your $10 will be credited to your membership dues.

Members who have not yet received their 2017 membership packets, your name be will on the list at the main gate.

2. Please arrive at 9:00am, not 8:30am. Our village event permit states that we keep these times in check. Village parking enforcement will be in play before 9:00am and after 11:00am.

3. Those posting pictures online, we ask that give the courtesy to let others know you were at Fuelfed Coffee & Classics. And yes. Fuelfed has an official Instagram account #fuelfedcarclub.

4. Finally we do not allow any soliciting, nor marketing of your car or services at any Fuelfed events.

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Display Card

We ask drivers to download windshield display cards and fill out their car’s vitals. This will allow the rest of us to appreciate the classic even if the driver isn’t near by to chat. Click on Editable pdf below to enlarge and fill in your data, then print it out. Or click on Regular jpg to print out and hand write in.

Editable pdf.

Regular jpg.

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C&C Parking Map…click to enlarge.

 

The Chicago Perspective on Fuelfed Coffee & Classics FTL

April 25, 2017

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We had the great fortune to combine a business trip the same weekend of Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Fort Lauderdale. We’ve all seen the pictures and heard the reports from our man Martin, but never actually met any of the people, nor witnessed the cars.

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First and foremost, Martin could not be a better host and Fuelfed brand ambassador, and we are grateful to have him in our garage. We met Martin at an early 7:30am at his garage and, yes, it was still painfully darkish. Martin insisted that his classics be driven by his associates from the hinterland. Lorraine drove the famous silver 2002tii touring and I drove the e34 “Fire Car”. Yes, a real fire marshal car straight from Germany. The stunning 2.0 four banger was challenged to keep up with the 2002tii.

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We pulled into the lot across from the mighty Atlantic at Las Olas and the A1A and quickly got coffees to fight the cool breeze off the ocean.

Cars started to arrive one after another and Martin quickly greeted each one of them with a handshake.

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All were happy to see their monthly car buddies, similar to how Fuelfed started the Sunday morning events 8 years ago. Every car was different. Different as in a 1950s DKW cabriolet, BMW Z1, BMW e34 Euro M5 Touring and 356 cabrio with ultra-rare hard top.

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Martin made sure he talked to everyone in attendance as well as making it a point that everyone know that there were special guests from Fuelfed Chicago. This led to offers for Lorraine to drive her two all-time favorites: the 356 and 280sl. Something we hadn’t experienced since the late Peter D. trustingly gave us the keys to his F40.

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The vibe is definitely a very friendly and a tight group of enthusiasts eager to share all things European.

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We spent time comparing vintage touring notes with Dirk de Groen, the president of the BMWCCCoA, which then led to insiders’ tips on where to go in Miami. Wynwood…yes!

We spent time talking MGs, Alfa Milanos, 6 series, restored 914s and 1 owner e30 M3s and Grey Goose Rolls… but doesn’t everyone?

Overall, we love the group of big-hearted friendly enthusiasts Martin has brought together under the Fuelfed umbrella. The C&C-FTL experience made us appreciate all the people that make our events a stand-out.

Bring on the first C&C Winnetka of 2017! Oh wait, that’s this coming Sunday!

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A Great OPEN to the Fuelfed Driving Season

April 13, 2017

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The weather started 2017 as great as it finished the 2016 drive season . The Fuelfed OPEN was a fantastic season kick-off with well over 250 cars packed into downtown Lake Forest.

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Again, the stunning variety of classic cars was unparalleled. From a Renault Alpine rally car to Joe Bortz Parisienne to a 1929 Indy Miller to a Porsche Ruf 935, the 250 California and 365 GT 2+2 seemed overed shadowed by the little Abarth and the impossibly rare Kaiser Darrin.

Fuelfed is honored to continually have the top collectors & enthusiasts with in our ranks who want to drive and share their classics.

Scroll through a few of the examples below and we think you’ll understand our club pride.

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The Fuelfed Season OPENER This Sunday Morning

April 6, 2017

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The 2017 Fuelfed drive season starts with the OPEN in Lake Forest this Sunday morning.

The OPEN is for all Fuelfed members and their American or European classic, modern sports or super cars.

There will be a required $5 donation for non-members to show their cars. The $5 donation will be applied to membership.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017
LOCATION:  FOREST & NORTHGATE IN DOWNTOWN LAKE FOREST
9:00AM -11:00AM

Lake Forest map

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Market House on the Square Restaurant & Starbucks are right there and will be happy to accommodate all your caffeine and hunger needs.

Solicitation of members and selling cars is prohibited. Those taking pictures and sharing online, we ask you state that your images were taken at the Fuelfed OPEN.

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