September Cars+Coffee Returns with Rare Gems and Good Vibes

Photography: Kyle Crawford

  • Pit+Paddock rings in the fall equinox with its fourth Cars+Coffee event, bringing together an impressive variety of cars spanning nearly seventy years.
  • Presenting sponsor K&N Engineering pulled out all the stops and provided coffee, doughnuts, and an impressive goodie bag to the first 50 attendees.
  • A trio of Nissan Skylines (R33, R34, R35) gathered a ton of attention, especially the ultra-rare M-Spec Silica Breath R34.

For most, Saturdays offer an opportunity to sleep in and relax after a strenuous workweek. But for car enthusiasts, Saturdays will often be the perfect excuse to wake up early and drive. I think that mindset has made events like Pit+Paddock’s Cars+Coffee that much more appealing — an acute acknowledgment to that opportunity — and a generous venue where we can regularly welcome our tribe.

This calendar year’s fourth Cars+Coffee event rewarded early and eager arrivals with favorable parking, doughnuts, coffee, and a bountiful bag of goodies courtesy of our presenting sponsor: K&N Engineering. Despite slightly cooler temperatures, there was no shortage of variety. Maybe the impending change of season compelled more people to quite literally get out and drive before it’s too late — but nevertheless, there were serendipitous sights to behold. A gorgeous R33 GT-R arrived with a Taycan Turbo S in tow, a dark-mint-colored 1955 Chevy Task Force pickup towered over a quartet of NA Miatas, and a slew of modern American muscle flanked an array of nostalgic JDM sport compacts within each parking row.

In a similar vein of mild and wild, our iconic circle welcomed a 427 Cobra replica, an AP2 S2000, and a widebody FC RX-7 — three markedly different powertrains, all of which are undisputed icons of their respective eras. We’ll have more on these vehicles soon.

While I was filming the aforementioned R33, the owner had remarked that he was saving a spot for a pretty special entry to fill the void between his car and an R35. It turned out to be an uber-rare M-Spec R34 Skyline draped in its unique factory Silica Breath finish — holy Gran Turismo dreams come true. Its arrival definitely didn’t disappoint, and its rarity (one of likely single-digit examples in North America) attracted a nearly impenetrable ring of admirers (one of them was me).

However, it has to be said that although there were plenty of varied newcomers to the event, I relish seeing familiar faces in the Turn 14 Distribution lot time and time again. There are cars that have made it a point to attend every Cars+Coffee so far this year — through the punishing summer humidity and sometimes questionable precipitation. So, our hats off to you for setting your alarms, potentially waking up your neighbors, and embarking on that early morning trek. You’ve helped make these Pit+Paddock events that much more special.

Okay, I’m done being mushy for the moment, but I will close with an exciting announcement. After an immensely successful first go, the Pit+Paddock Car Park Party will be BACK next month, so don’t go putting your cars away just yet. Tell your friends and mark your calendars for Saturday, October 16. See you there!