I recently attended two Cars and Coffee events; one on Memorial Day Weekend, and the other on Father's Day Weekend. Cars and Coffee is a weekly car show event sponsored by Katie's Cars and Coffee in Great Falls, Virginia. It is completely free, as it is more of a free gathering celebrating exotic and / or classic car heritage. Though it is a small event, located in the heart of Great Falls (an upscale suburb of Washington, DC in which many very expensive cars call home), it has national attention, and often guests will drive hundreds of miles just to participate and grab a Saturday morning coffee while sharing the car culture.
Memorial Day Weekend, 2013:
One of the more interesting cars on hand (at least to me) was this Corvette powered Miata. The owner who converted this Miata cooly placed an LS1 badge on the fender.
The notable car for Memorial Day was the original Briggs Cunningham; an extremely rare car; only a few were ever built.
Father's Day Weekend, 2013:
For Father's Day, I decided to surprise my Dad and take him to Cars and Coffee. He's never heard of it before, and I didn't tell him where I was taking him. He certainly didn't realize we had a weekly car event just a few miles from home.
As I pulled in, he got excited when he saw some Cobras in the lot, but thought they just happened to be parked there. A moment later it was "Oh my God! Look look look look look look!!!" when he had spotted the Arial Atom I parked beside. I think it was when he saw the Diablo VT next to the Atom that he realized it wasn't a coincidence all these cars were in the same place. I know he loved going to this!
This true track Ferrari garnered a LOT of attention once people realized it had shown up.
Another cool little gem was this Miura S. Probably under-appreciated by most who saw it, this car was number 1 of only 140 produced, and is valued in the $500,000 - $800,000 range.
Upon leaving, people were still puzzled by the clearly Corvette based SV 9 Competizione - myself included. This Italian redesigned automotive costs almost $100,000, is powered by an LS3 Corvette engine modified to output 450 horsepower, and is just one of 1,000 made.