Here comes the rain again…

Even as the light drizzle descended upon Saturday mornings Cars&Coffee gathering, the weak storm front was unable to dampen the spirits of the early morning, die-hard participants. What initially appeared as lighter than usual attendance at 6 AM, progressed into a steady stream of cars that continued arriving well past 8 AM.

Obviously, the drizzle had a major impact on the owners of convertibles, but for the most part, the majority had come equipped with tonneau covers and kept their interiors dry…

Red & Green Austin Healey convertibles sandwiching a blue Triumph TR 6_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Even these classic Jaguar’s ( XK 140 roadster & XK 150 coupe) as seen below, came out and braved the less than sunny morning.

Green Jaguar XK 140 roadster with tonneau & white Xk 150 coupe_in the rain_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

What was even more amazing (at least to me), was observing that the owners of these beautifully restored cars appeared unfazed by the drizzle falling onto their prized possessions.

Green Jaguar XK 140 roadster_front end detail in the rain_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Green Jaguar XK 140 roadster_rear view with rain drops_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

One of a handful of gumball hued cars in attendance, and delivering an intense splash of color to an otherwise gray morning, was this sunflower yellow hued, Morgan Plus 4 roadster (below).

Sunflower yellow hued Morgan Plus 4 roadster_hood emblem_Cars& Coffee_October 20, 2012

With the abbreviated racing windscreens as seen below, probably not much protection at speed from the rain.

Sunflower yellow hued Morgan Plus 4 roadster_front view_Cars& Coffee_October 20, 2012

Back over on Porsche row, the regulars were once again assembled; I’m not sure if this arrangement by color was staged or purely by accident.

Porsche row_Red & white 911s lined up & getting wet_Cars&Coffee_October 2012

The cumulative effect of the mornings drizzle as seen on the hood and driving light;  Rolly’s red, white and black 1966 Porsche 911.

Rain drop covered 1966 911 coupe & driving lights_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Rain drop streaked 1966 911 coupe_ hood & graphics_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

 A dual set of color matched Porsche bookends.

Porsche row line up_ Red & white 911's and one 912_nose shot_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

And just across the aisle from Porsche row was this 550 Spyder recreation, fully exposed to the elements…

Silver Porsche 550 Spyder re-creation in the rain_rear view_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

and literally dripping with badges.

Silver Porsche 550 Spyder re-creation in the rain_rear grill detail w/ badging_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Silver Porsche 550 Spyder re-creation in the rain_dual headrests_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Located several rows over towards the west, and shining like an orange beacon through the mist, was this beautiful, Lamborghini Gallardo.

Orange Lamborghini Gallardo_rain covered_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

And representing the die-hard hot rod contingency, was a very cool, gold customized roadster parked out towards the back row.

This particular car arrived at the event rather late, but made its presence known by virtue of its unrestricted headers, which delivered an amazing rumble as it rolled through the parking lot. And as this photograph illustrates, the drizzle had stopped by the time this hot rod arrived, sparing the driver, his passenger and the car.

Gold hot rod with Chrysler Fire Power V8_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Propulsion was provided by a massive Chrysler Fire-Power V8, sporting six individual carburetors and sparked by a magneto as seen below…

Gold hot rod with Chrysler Fire Power V8_engine, carburetor & magneto detail_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Gold hot rod with Chrysler Fire Power V8_carburetor & magneto detail_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Ironically, just as the owner of the hot rod was getting ready to leave, his transmission got stuck in reverse. But since this was Cars&Coffee, two bystanders that had been talking with the owner, stepped up and helped trouble shoot the jammed transmission. As the photo below illustrates, after some discussion, adjustments were made to the shifter rod linkage, and the transmission was once again successful at engaging its forward gears. The owner then fired up his car, grabbed first gear, let out the clutch and rumbled off…

Gold hot rod with Chrysler Fire Power V8_working on tranny_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

So should you ever experience an automotive breakdown as a participant at this event, rest assured that regardless of the make or model of your car, there will probably be someone close by with a working knowledge to assist you, and get you back on the road.

(All photos by the author)