Despite Heavy Rainfall, the First Sunday Edition of Cars+Coffee Brings Out the Heat

Photography: Brandon Cody

  • The first Sunday Edition of our Cars+Coffee series at Turn 14 Distribution headquarters was presented by AnzoUSA and Vibrant Performance.
  • Despite a heavy downpour at the start of the event, nearly 400 modified vehicles attended the three-hour car meet.
  • After debuting at SEMA and completing a shakedown at King of the Hammers, the VR30-swapped Nissan Frontier driven by Dai Yoshihara made its first Northeast appearance.
  • Several elite East Coast builds braved the wet including a monstrous showing of tuned Japanese cars, in particular, Hondas.
  • The addition of the Brood Coffee Truck ensured all participants and spectators could warm up to their favorite espresso drinks while taking cover from the rain.
  • For the first time ever, we invited photographers and videographers to partake in the Pit+Paddock Creator Contest. 
  • With this being the final Cars+Coffee of 2023, the Pit+Paddock staff looks forward to activations at Formula DRIFT, our next Grid Icons, and SEMA.

“Rain or shine.” That should honestly be the motto for Pit+Paddock’s Cars+Coffee events since more than half of them have been wet. What’s impressive though is that you can either count on a record-breaking turnout if it’s sunny (which is what happened this past April); or when it rains, you’ll still see one of the baddest lineups of cool cars (like last year’s season opener). Inclement weather is customary for residents who live here in the Northeast, but something unheard of in California (where I spend most of my time). If there’s an outdoor SoCal event with even a chance of a sprinkle, you can bet postponements or cancellations are in order. Here in Pennsylvania, you can forget about all that nonsense. You pack an umbrella and continue to enjoy the local car culture, which is what Cars+Coffee is all about.


This past weekend’s Cars+Coffee marked the first Sunday Edition that we’ve hosted at Turn 14 Distribution headquarters. While we were expecting one of our largest audiences to date, we still had a solid showing of modified vehicles with almost 400 spread across the parking lot. Presenting sponsors AnzoUSA and Vibrant Performance helped make the event possible while also contributing to Pit+Paddock’s new Creator Contest (finalists will be announced early next week). 


But the stars were the cars and there were plenty of them. Leading our featured vehicle showcase was a pair of DC2 Integra Type R builds, followed by a 1JZ-swapped FC RX-7 and Mugen-themed FK8 Civic Type R. Nothing stirred up the crowd quite like the blue supercharged NA1 NSX that pulled in, which was one of many sweet rides that made the hour-plus journey from the New Jersey/New York area.

It wasn’t all just sweet Japanese cars though. With the rain dripping down, many attendees brought out their all-weather rigs. Parked front and center was the first East Coast appearance of the Turn 14 Distribution x MBRP x ENEOS Nissan Frontier. After debuting at the 2022 SEMA Show and completing a successful shakedown at King of the Hammers with Dai Yoshihara, it was finally shipped back to its maker, R/T Tuning, where it will be undergoing further development. Checking out the Baja-ready and VR30-swapped truck in front of the T14 headquarters was a sight worth seeing.


The final element that made our Sunday Edition of Cars+Coffee that much more unique was the addition of the Brood Coffee Truck. The rainy-day weather couldn’t have been more fitting for hundreds of our guests to take cover and order their favorite flavored latte from one of Philadelphia’s most praised coffee/espresso trucks.


While it’s sad this will be the final Cars+Coffee of 2023, the Pit+Paddock team looks ahead to finish out the year strong. Our next Ride with Dai activations at Formula DRIFT Utah and Irwindale are next on the calendar, followed by our second Grid Icons car show in Los Angeles (stay tuned for more info). Then we march onto SEMA where you’ll be hearing more about what we have in store soon.

We’d like to thank AnzoUSA, Vibrant Performance, and the awesome community we have here in PA and in our neighboring states. We’ll see you in 2024!