With our first Cars and Coffee Golden Grove event a success, it was now time to brand this and make it our own. The name Caffeine//Octane was then born to be the brand for Cars and Coffee, Speed Nation style. With our professional photographers and videographer organising the event the plan was to draw out the very best SA had to offer in the modified car scene. Through our good relationship with Zitto coffee we had them on board to provide their premium blend of roasted beans for everyone to enjoy on the morning. This time they even stepped things up with special meal deals just for us for those who skipped breakfast to attend from far and wide.
The Adelaide weather in the couple of weeks leading up to the event had everything ranging from 40 degree plus days, to rainy days that barely made half of that. It was touch and go to see what the weather would bring for the day of the meet. Early on the morning of 19th February the roads were wet from overnight rain, but the sun had made an appearance so there was hope that we may see some sunshine to encourage people to bring out their best cars.
Come 8am the sun was gone behind clouds and the rain had returned. This didn’t turn anyone away (except maybe those who hadn’t arrived yet) but instead we just decided it was time to head inside to grab our coffee. Even as it rained we stood out under the sheltered entrance and admired the cars and compared mods. The rain only lasted a short while to then allow us to get out and closely examine the work that had gone into some of these great machines. There was a great mix of JDM, Euro and American muscle. Almost every car had been worked and modded in some way.
The JDM majority had a great variety turn out. All manufacturers were represented, with Chasers, Silvia, Cube, Evo’s and a VR4 all on deck. There was these few Chasers who made a great joke of being worked Camrys and one was even badged as a Hybrid.
Sitting boldly next to the Chasers was this beautifully clean S15 Silvia which definitely stood out.
Fitting into the Toyota row was a nicely modded Supra and a Crown Estate Athlete V.
Continuing the JDM variety to the Mitsubishi brand had this group of Evos, including 3 well kept 6.5 Tommi Makkinen Editions.
Standing out on its own was my personal favourite JDM car… the Galant VR4.
Moving on to the Euros we of course had Troy’s dropped Lexus, due to his infamous Celica copping a recent defect. Also in the mix was this Mk3 RS that had only recently been modded with the M380 Mountune power upgrade kit to give it a nice boost of power. Sitting pretty along side was its older cousin the XR5 turbo Focus, also with a nice amount of modifications under the bonnet.
Representing the American muscle and definitely drawing a lot of attention was a ‘74 Camaro in the original left hand drive configuration.
Despite the rain it was still a great event, and there is already some regular cars and drivers turning out. Everyone agreed it was a great venue with even better coffee for a chilled morning catching up with mates and mods. In the great words of Troy, coffee was good, rain was bad, the end.
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