As far as events go, Cars & Coffee might be as simple as they come. As you could guess, the only things you need are Cars and a generous amount of Coffee. The cars are a unifying interest amongst a diverse group of people. Coffee is a social tool, a conversation catalyst, the fuel that brings a unique group together to connect over their interests. Add these two things together, and you have one of our favorite Sundays of the year.
On the morning of August 29th at Porsche Centre Langley, we brought together a large group of car enthusiasts together to observe this time-honored automotive tradition. With perfect weather and coffee on deck, over 300 cars passed through Porsche Centre Langley to partake. While Porsche was the most prevalent brand, there was a healthy diversity of cars on display. From G-model 911s to G-body Chevrolets, from high mileage survivors to carbon clad exotics, and from vintage 356’s to fresh off the lot 992’s, there was some representation from nearly every era and subculture of automobiles.
The event, which was scheduled to run from 10 in the morning until noon, instead saw our lot jam packed from quarter after 9 until half past noon. Cars cycled in and out throughout the length of the event, leaving us with a parade of different cars entering and exiting our lot. From beginning to end, this was an engaging event full of enthusiastic people celebrating their mutual enthusiasm for cars. The best part of it all? There is no plan. There is no run of schedule, there is no entry fee, no special guest, and no frills. There is just simply a when and a where.
As much as we would like to give ourselves the credit for throwing such an amazing event; the credit really goes to the cars and the people that drive them. While standing around for 3 hours in a parking lot on a Sunday morning does not sound like a particularly fun or interesting experience - it was. Cars, and our passion for them, had the power to turn the simple combination of automobiles and caffeine into one of our favorite events of the year. To those who consider vehicles to be appliances, I challenge you to find a group of people willing to come together in the same way over microwaves. Cars obviously represent something much deeper in our lives, they connect people in more ways than just simply bringing them to each other. Cars and Coffee is the perfect representation of this importance, and we cannot wait to do it again.
Written August 2021