A Coventry inspired rain, reflections and rainbow colored cars…

This past Saturday morning saw scattered English country like showers pass through the Cars & Coffee parking lot several times in the pre-dawn hours. And how appropriate for christening the local Jaguar Clubs rally participants, all gathered together for a Saturday morning event at Cars&Coffee…

Once again the parking lot to the right of the main entrance was called into action to serve as the venue for a wide variety of Jaguar models,  including an incredible array of XK and E-types roadsters and coupes, all on display as part of the clubs early morning get together.

Green Jaguar E-Type roadster racer_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12In between the episodes of drizzle, the Jaguar owners would break out their chamois or microfiber towels to quickly dry off their cars and the exposed leather interiors…

Green Jaguar E-Type roadster racer_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Dark Green Jaguar XK roadster with black tonneau cover_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

And then there were the Jaguar owners who had the foresight to install their tonneau covers in case of rain…

Green on tan, Jaguar XK coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Green on tan, Jaguar XK coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Green on tan, Jaguar XK coupe_tail light_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Located at the end of the first row of Jaguars was this beautiful black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC OTS. The owner even included a biography about the car, posted on his windshield (see below)…

Black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK roadster_grill and hood badge detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK roadster_vehicle biography_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK roadster_Interior shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK roadster_rear boot badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

And parked just across the aisle, was this amazing pale green on red, Jaguar XK 150 coupe…

Pale green on red, Jaguar XK 150 coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Pale green on red, Jaguar XK 150 coupe__Rear boot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Pale green on red, Jaguar XK 150 coupe__Rear boot & cast glass lens_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Pale green on red, Jaguar XK 150 coupe__Rear boot badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

And then there were the E -type Jaguars; in an assortment of rainbow colors, lined up side by side… dark green, light green, metallic green, yellow, dark blue, red and white.

It was amazing to see so many E -types gathered together in one setting…

Green metallic Jaguar E type coupe_CArs&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Green metallic Jaguar E type coupe_CArs&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Yellow Jaguar XKE on E type row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Dark blue on linen E type roadster_E Type row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

And down at the opposite end of the Jaguar E -type row, was this pair of beautiful red and blue XK 150 roadsters…

Red & Blue, Jaguar XK 150 roadsters_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Red Jaguar XK 150 roadster _grill & hood badge_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Red Jaguar XK 150 roadster _Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Blue Jaguar XK 150 roadster _grill & hood badge_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Over on Porsche row, no car had been safe from the rain. These particular Porsches seen below had arrived in the early morning hours, evidenced by the amount of rain drops still clinging to their highly polished exteriors. What I found equally interesting, was the unique water droplet run-off patterns found on each cars roof and hoods…

Orange Porsche 356 coupe_raindrop covered_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Orange Porsche 356 coupe_raindrop covered_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black Porsche 911S coupe_raindrop covered_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black Porsche 911S coupe_raindrops & front hood badge_ Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Red, 1987 Porsche 930 turbo_Cars&Coffee_2/11/12

And as I reached the end of the row, I encountered an unexpected surprise; a brand new white, 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991). This is the first 2012 model that I have seen on the street, since witnessing its debut back in October at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV…

White 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_side shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

White 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_rear shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

White 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_passenger side shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

White 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_front end_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_headlight detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

I’m still having to get used to this new design and styling, along with the various Panamera influences found about the car. Personally, I’m disappointed that the new 911 (type 991) has lost some of the unique characteristics that over the year have come to define the Porsche 911. Or maybe its just the references to the Panamera, used in context to this new model that I find troubling…

Moving on, my next stop was to the very back row of the parking lot, which on this cold, rainy morning looked like a scene straight from the local Lamborghini dealership. Here sat a rainbow assortment of Lamborghini Gallardos, with a couple Gallardo Superlegerra models squeezed in for good measure…

  Lime green Lamborghini Gallardo and friends_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and friends_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

White Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and friends_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Then just as I finished shooting the Lamborghini’s, it started to drizzle again. Out came the umbrellas (for those with umbrellas), and signaled to me it was time to head back to my car.

On my way back, I came across this bright red Porsche 550 spyder replica below, still dry having escaped the earlier showers. However it didn’t look like it would stay that way for long, as the drizzles intensity began to increase. And with that, the remaining cars on site began to depart, returning to the shelter of their garages, in preparation to do it all over again the following Saturday morning, rain or shine…

 Red Porsche 550 spyder replica_in the rain_CArs&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

(all photos by the author)

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