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senor honda
10-12-2011, 12:12 PM
I hope the meet organizers will bump this thread mid-week before your meet.-Thanks.-Bob
Update: you should now be checking facebook for updates www.facebook.com/carshowsmeetscruiseinsbikesandhangingout (https://www.facebook.com/carshowsmeetscruiseinsbikesandhangingout?ref=hl)

This applies to all meets: Please remember that host locations, are a place of business first. They have been kind enough to open their doors and host us so long as we remain respectful to their staff and facilities. Follow all driving laws and be courteous to others in attendance. But most of all, have FUN!

1st Saturday Reeves Motorsports Gathering for exotic and sports car owners and enthusiasts. Join us on the first Saturday of every month from 7-9am enjoy coffee, bagels, muffins and esprit de corps; Reeves Import Motorcars, 11333 N. Florida Ave., Tampa (enter from Florida Avenue between Hummer and Subaru). Classic, exotic, luxury and super cars.
Contact Jeff at Jwisz@drivereeves.com or 813-933-2811

1st Saturday of every month Suncoast Porsche from 8-10am, rain or shine.
Sarasota Cars & Coffee monthly meets. Coffee, snacks, and energy drinks. Open to all makes/models. Suncoast Porsche on US 41 in Sarasota, FL. Front parking lot, back lot if needed. We ask that every one bring in a few canned food donations.
Contact PT Photography by private message on Tampa Racing for details.
Check out the link.......there are excellent photos and a Saleen video.
http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/local-events/747064-official-sarasota-cars-coffee-thread.html

2nd Saturday Apollo Beach at Sava Cafe 143 Harbor Village Lane
7AM-!0AM Free Show and Shine. Open to Classics, Exotics, Street Rods, Bikes, anything. www.savacafe.com (http://www.savacafe.com/) or call 813-645-9595

3rd Saturday Cars and coffee 7:00am - 9:30am - DuPont REGISTRY Headquarters beside Ulmerton Road near the St Pete/Clearwater Airport
3051 Tech Drive Saint Petersburg, FL

4th Saturday Cars and Coffee Riverview sponsored by Cianfrocca’s Auto Detailing; free entry, coffee, kids meal with purchased adult meal; also four Best of Show Awards. 730-930AM
Copper Bell Café, 11228 Boyette Road, Riverview
For information, email jcianfrocca@tampabay.rr.com or visit Home Page (http://www.cianfroccadetail.com)

TriAdX
10-17-2011, 12:12 PM
Went to Dupont this sat.. was a blast. Tons of amazing high end machines. The ride back across the bridge was a blast..
My Z4MC, an R8, M3 and Cayman S.... good times!

senor honda
10-18-2011, 02:40 AM
Tri,
Glad you liked it.
I wanted to condense some of our monthly recurring meets.
Last week at a meet I heard praises similar to yours related to the Reeves
1st Saturday Cars and Coffee.

It looks like high end businesses have the ability to draw in high end cars.
The car scene is making another evolution in the TR area.

Gator Ford has even hired a DJ! -Bob

rosckowff
10-19-2011, 11:06 AM
Is there an event this Saturday?

Ls_[eg]hatch
10-20-2011, 02:53 AM
I drive by dupont leaving work around 7am & holy shit last saturday SOOO many badass cars, I wish i still had my m3 id deff come out to this.

senor honda
10-20-2011, 10:02 AM
This thread is related to monthly "cars and coffee" type events.
Count the Saturdays........LOL :)
and
Keep checking the first few pages of local events. They may be in a
jumbled order sometimes, but if our members know of something, it
will be posted here.

Normally Sat/22 High Rollers would hold a cruise meet at Lazy Days RV
in Seffner/Thonotosassa, exit 10 I-4, but there is a custom motorcycle show
there instead.-Bob


Is there an event this Saturday?

rosckowff
10-20-2011, 11:06 AM
Thanks, ya kinda new to the forum but thank you for the advice. I saw there was a R33 Skyline there, I own one also and thought about driving from Daytona to meet some cool people. 2 Skylines are better than 1 :)

senor honda
10-20-2011, 07:50 PM
We3lcome to Tr.
If you want to hit a cool meet try this: Sibling Rivalry
http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/local-events/750358-sibling-rivalry-7-11-12-11-jacksonville.html

And even closer is "Simply Clean" on 5 November. In Sanford on the East side of Orlando.
Check local events for details. Lots of other good meets around, too.-Bob


Thanks, ya kinda new to the forum but thank you for the advice. I saw there was a R33 Skyline there, I own one also and thought about driving from Daytona to meet some cool people. 2 Skylines are better than 1 :)

senor honda
11-02-2011, 01:22 AM
Bump for first Saturday.-Bob

rosckowff
11-08-2011, 11:06 AM
Thank you for that info :) Check out the Festival of speed event I posted up.

senor honda
11-17-2011, 05:57 AM
ttt 3rd Sat-Bob

senor honda
11-30-2011, 02:19 AM
Bump for first Saturday-Bob

senor honda
12-05-2011, 07:16 PM
2nd Saturday bump
and........this Saturday at Gator Ford, when the cars and coffee part ends,
the Mason Dixon Christmas Wish car show starts. When it's over, some of us will be caravanning
over to New Port Richey for "Stuff The XB" cars show/meet, and when it ends,
we will be caravanning to University of Tampa for their Toys For Tots car show/meet.

Here's the link to starting at Gator Ford
and the other meets/shows are listed in Local Events...-Bob
The link:http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/local-events/764068-mason-dixons-christmas-wish-car-show-december-10-10am-1pm-gator-ford-tampa.html

senor honda
12-09-2011, 01:27 AM
Bump for Saturday DEC 10 -Bob

senor honda
12-17-2011, 02:50 AM
ttt 3rd Saturday.-Bob

senor honda
01-02-2012, 06:26 PM
bump 7 January

The Reeves C&C ends early enough that
some of us could very easily do a rollout to J-Tezza's show/meet
over at Boston's. Maybe get some lunch on arrival.-Bob
Here's the link:
http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/local-events/766730-january-7th-2012-s-r-girls-calendar-launch-party-meet-w-jtezza.html

And don't forget RexonNUts' successful meet at Moe's in Clearwater Mall.
Here's the link:
http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/local-events/659321-sat-night-meet-moes.html

senor honda
01-05-2012, 05:24 PM
Join us on Saturday January 7th, 2012 for the first Cars & Coffee meet of the new year. Same time as always, 8-10am, rain or shine! Bring the family and your new years cheer and spend a great morning with fellow enthusiasts at Suncoast Motorsports.When: Saturday January 7th, 20128:00-10:00 am, Rain or ShineWhere: Suncoast Motorsports5005 S. Tamiami Trail (US 41)Sarasota, FloridaAll Makes And Models Welcome!Join the Facebook Fanpage:Sarasota Cars & Coffee - Automotive - Sarasota, FL | Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarasota-Cars-Coffee/222869531080962)...

senor honda
01-06-2012, 01:22 PM
Just got this.-Bob

From: Sherrie Cole (http://us.mc1205.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=scole@castillohousing.com)
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2012 1:24 PM
Subject: Car Show: "Rise and Shine Cars & Coffee Car Show". Please View Our December Car Show on "You Tube".


Hello,

http://f659.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=1%5f693689%5fABNXiGIAAAogTwbhDAjV3Rwo KWs&pid=1.2&fid=Inbox&inline=1Classic Motors Detail Store would like to extend an invitation to you; to attend our monthly “Rise and Shine Cars & Coffee Car Show”, Saturday, January 7, from 8:00 am till 11:00 am(no entry fee). The show will take place at “Classic Motors Detail Store” located on 5136 W. Idlewild Ave in Tampa . We will have Free Coffee and Donuts available. We truly appreciate you coming before to our previous showsJ


Register to win several giveaways including the Grand Prize the “Garage One Pro Wash & Detail Kit”.
Saturday on SALE all Garage One Products are 10% OFF!
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Please take a look at our December Car ShowClassicMotorsDetail's Channel - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ClassicMotorsDetail)

Just click ontoour “You Tube” link aboveJ we look forward to seeing you!
December’s Car Show
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Vivid Blue Type-R
01-18-2012, 08:46 PM
I'm new to TR... Where are the show???? :lol:

senor honda
01-24-2012, 08:44 PM
Vivid Blue, here's one you might like since your car is always immaculate. February update.-Bob
"Rise and Shine" Cars & Coffee Car Show at the new location Tuesday, January 24, 2012 7:19 PM

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Mark your calendar, Saturday Feb 11th, from 8am - 11am.

Check out the YouTube link below. This show is growing. Come check out the fantastic Garage One products, plus discounts and door prizes and YES, FREE coffee and doughnuts. NOTE the new location below. Come out to their new location on February 11th, and see what all the buzz is about. You don't want to miss this one!

February 14th is Valentines Day. Ladies, show us your ride! As always motorcycles and dirty cars are welcome.

Hello,
I would like to extend an invitation to you; to attend our monthly “Rise and Shine Cars & Coffee Car Show”, Saturday, Feb. 11th, from 8:00 am till 11:00 am (NO ENTRY FEE). The show will take place at “Classic Motors Detail Store” located at our NEW LOCATION; 5136 W. Idlewild Ave.; in Tampa . We will have Free Coffee and Donuts available. J


Register to win several giveaways including the Grand Prize.
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Come visit and see our store, everything is 10% off! Great prices, and favorite brands. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Gene Teston: 813-391-3653. Just click onto our “You Tube” link below to get a Sneak Preview of our Car Show & New Store Location J We look forward to seeing you!
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Devon8609
04-29-2012, 04:35 AM
Hey just so I don't get lost in that massive complex looking for this meet, is this held in the back warehouse areas of the dealership?

senor honda
05-01-2012, 01:07 PM
I know what you mean...... LOL Try this....
Reeves Import Motorcars, 11333 N. Florida Ave., Tampa (enter from Florida Avenue between Hummer and Subaru).
unless things have changed.......life is full of uncertainties.... LOL -Bob


Hey just so I don't get lost in that massive complex looking for this meet, is this held in the back warehouse areas of the dealership?

PT Photography
05-02-2012, 08:19 PM
Thanks for the bump. Let's get the cars out. Weather should be beautiful Saturday morning.

Runningmancs
06-12-2012, 04:36 PM
which location which meet????

wbelldR
06-27-2012, 03:00 PM
Here are some photos from the duPont Registry Cars & Coffee with the goldRush Rally rolling in. It was a great event and so many people showed up with some amazing rides. If you want to see the 200+ photos, go over to duPont's FB, at facebook.com/carsandcoffee.
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senor honda
07-06-2012, 05:14 AM
Bump for Reeves Porsche/Audi, Tampa and Suncoast.....-Bob

1st Saturday Reeves Motorsports Gathering for exotic and sports car owners and enthusiasts. Join us on the first Saturday of every month from 7-9am enjoy coffee, bagels, muffins and esprit de corps; Reeves Import Motorcars, 11333 N. Florida Ave., Tampa (enter from Florida Avenue between Hummer and Subaru). Classic, exotic, luxury and super cars.
Contact Jeff at Jwisz@drivereeves.com or 813-933-2811

From PT Photography:
Join us at Suncoast Motorsports for Cars & Coffee this Saturday morning July 7th from 8-10am, rain or shine! Snacks and refreshments served!
Suncoast will have the brand new Porsche Boxster and Audi S5 on display. Come out and see them for yourself!

What: Sarasota Cars & Coffee
Where: Suncoast Motorsports (Porsche, Audi, VW)
5005 S. Tamiami Trail - US41, Sarasota, FL
When: Saturday July 7th from 8-10am


ALL MAKES AND MODELS WELCOME. BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY!


"Like" Us On Facebook!
Sarasota Cars & Coffee - Automotive - Sarasota, FL | Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarasota-Cars-Coffee/222869531080962)


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senor honda
08-01-2012, 07:12 PM
Once again it's time for Reeves/Tampa monthly Cars & Coffee and Suncoast Motorsports/Sarasota. This Saturday August 4th rain or shine. All makes and models are welcomed! Bring the whole family!
Reeves info is in the first post.-Bob

This from PT photography: Sarasota Cars & Coffee
Where: Suncoast Motorsports, 5005 S. Tamiami Trail (US41), Sarasota, Florida
When: Saturday August 4th, 8-10am, rain or shine

Photos from the July meet:

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blownrunner
09-08-2012, 11:11 PM
the apollo beach gathering is cancelled... the are out of business. Their my space page claims they had 60 cars at their meet. Liars.

senor honda
09-09-2012, 04:17 PM
Runner,
Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I was working that day to pay off my $700/month credit
card bill and didn't make it out.


the apollo beach gathering is cancelled... the are out of business. Their my space page claims they had 60 cars at their meet. Liars.

Cars and Coffee meets are now moved here:
https://www.facebook.com/carshowsmeetscruiseinsbikesandhangingout (https://www.facebook.com/carshowsmeetscruiseinsbikesandhangingout?ref=hl)

senor honda
02-21-2013, 10:22 PM
Why California Cars and Coffee starts early-Bob
Thanks to Aron Robinson.-Bob




http://media.caranddriver.com/images/05q3/267428/sanctuary-shrinks-for-california-car-guys-photo-98820-s-429x262.jpg

Sanctuary Shrinks for California Car Guys.

Only trouble can come from car guys searching for a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning. Car guys are thick in the hedgerows of Southern California, and their mass migrations have occasionally caused trouble. In spring and summer, usually in the early-morning hours before the traffic develops, huge flocks will descend suddenly on a private parking lot, milling and chattering and kicking the pebbles around until the conversation grows tiresome, which usually takes an hour or two. Lacking apparent leadership but with a keen sense of group will, they just as abruptly take flight to a screeching of rubber and excreting of hydrocarbons.




Some businesses welcome these migrations of car guys and especially the coins jangling in their pockets. But to a coastal homeowner determined to protect the tranquillity of his or her mega-priced divot of paradise, they can be noisy vermin. To a mall manager living in pale fear of injury lawsuits, car guys are the demon ambassadors of Satan.


So it was in February 2003 that a flock of car guys from the more fashionable area codes of Orange County, near Los Angeles, happened on an ideal roost. The Spanish-mission colonnades and terracotta roof tiles of this newly built strip mall on Pacific Coast Highway just north of Laguna Beach held no particular attraction. (Indeed, where in California can one buy a pizza or get a pantaloon dry-cleaned without basking in the pleasures of replica Spanish architecture?)


The palms soaring above the mall's freshly paved parking lot, though lovely, did nothing to distinguish it as prime car-guy habitat, either. And the four women's boutiques, the only retail businesses yet open in the mall, were decidedly irrelevant to the car guys' foraging habits. No, the mall became Southern California's great car-guy flyover because it is separated from the shimmering Pacific by just four lanes of traffic and because it has a suitable watering trough in the form of a franchised coffee drinkery.


On that first Saturday, about 25 car guys showed up. On the following Saturday, it was like 75. The Internet worked its multiplicative magic, and soon there were hundreds of cars. Gleaming Pebble Beach entries rolled out of trailers. Auto-industry executives circulated in the crowd. Porsche and Ferrari owners arrived dutifully, and car dealers and wax salesmen pressed business cards into their hands.
"I looked down the rows and learned what the term 'river of people' really means," says Marc Greehly, a Newport Beach hot-rod builder credited with discovering the mall.


Rumors abound as to what happened next. All agree that the mall manager took a hysterically negative view of the proceedings. Some say she ranted and screamed. Some say she set the sprinklers to run right through from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and that a sprinkler head once "accidentally" popped off, causing a water jet to shoot up and splash right into somebody's vintage Ferrari. Or maybe it was a Cadillac. Some say there were crashes out on the highway among the cars lined up to get in. Some say the police were summoned.
Very little of it is true, says Greehly. Accusations and threats, the cantus firmus of everyday life in Southern California, did occur. There were confrontations with the manager, who stormed right up to the Dan Gurney while he was parking one of his Alligator motorcycles and, to the flock's infinite mortification, let fly with a tirade of threats. (Gurney went away and didn't come back for a very long time.)


People revved their engines and performed smelly, shrieking burnouts. Residents in the chic neighborhood behind the mall complained. The coffee outlet testified that their Sunday-morning business was just as brisk so they could probably do fine without all the Lamborghinis stuffing up the lot on Saturday, thank you.
Greehly, who assumed the W. Averell Harriman role between the flock and the mall's owners, vowed to get things under control. The offended mall manager left, and the new one was more amiable and amendable to the flock, if it kept the noise to a minimum and obeyed the rules. Rule No. 1: Before 7 a.m., no cars may enter the roughly 25 percent of the lot designated for the flock. Rule No. 2, intended to prevent pedestrian mishaps: No cars may enter the coned-off pen after 7:15, regardless of the availability of spaces. Dressed in black and wearing flat-brimmed Mountie hats, several security guards patrol the orange cones with the rapid response afforded by golf carts.


Another rule, less visibly enforced, is a ban on commerce. The mall management desires, understandably, that its stylish venue not become a flea market. Thus, for-sale signs are discouraged, and the hucksters who distribute brochures are politely-at first-asked to shuffle on. The flock, however, has proven too tempting a target for predators. Naked commerce has given way to the seminaked. A San Diego dealer known for presenting half-a-dozen exotic cars every Saturday sometimes brings along a few exotic assistants. They use their amply displayed credentials to entice prospective clients to take a turn in a creamy leather seat. Such subtlety seems to work to everyone's satisfaction.


No effort is made to screen the cars entering the lot, so a line of matching Honda S2000s and a Chevy Caprice on chrome 22s can share this egalitarian asphalt with a $3 million Ferrari GTO. Better yet, nobody is there to knock off points for a grass blade wedged between the treads or a slightly misaligned air-cleaner sticker. Park, caffeinate, yammer, leave; the flock offers all the joys of an organized car show without the fuss of judging and the tedious hours wilting under the sun.


Yet the crowds are down, says Greehly. Some are repelled by the rent-a-Gestapo guards and their cones, which seem to embody everything foul about overcrowded, overregulated, overlitigated California. Greehly, like many, wants dearly to be rid of the restraints, but he accepts them as necessary to placate the landlord. The reality is that the days of free-range flocking are over. The boulevards are too busy, the old desert drag roads are all developed, the parking lots are restricted, and the cops are always hunting. Car-guy habitat is shrinking with each passing year.


But on Saturday morning, on this lot, after some struggles, car guys have a sanctuary.

senor honda
02-28-2013, 06:45 AM
Over 3,000 Views in the last two months of 2012


Over 3,000 Views in the last two months of 2012.
Here's the link to 2013, folks.-Bob

http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/local-events/801613-senor-hondas-monthly-cars-coffee-meets.html

Cars and Coffee meets are now moved here:
(http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/local-events/801613-senor-hondas-monthly-cars-coffee-meets.html)https://www.facebook.com/carshowsmeetscruiseinsbikesandhangingout (https://www.facebook.com/carshowsmeetscruiseinsbikesandhangingout?ref=hl)
(http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/local-events/801613-senor-hondas-monthly-cars-coffee-meets.html)

68camaro
08-03-2013, 02:02 PM
We are going to try and start up the cars and coffee again in Apollo Beach, the second Saturday of the month at Kimi's Ice Cream, formally Sava Coffee. I hope to have it starting in September if there is enough interest.

68camaro
08-04-2013, 12:55 PM
It is official, Starting in SEPTEMBER, Kimi's Ice cream(formally Java Café) will be hosting cars and coffee the second Saturday of the month in Apollo Beach. See flyer: 200753

senor honda
08-04-2013, 01:35 PM
Cars and Coffee meets are now moved here:
https://www.facebook.com/carshowsmeetscruiseinsbikesandhangingout (https://www.facebook.com/carshowsmeetscruiseinsbikesandhangingout?ref=hl)

You can post direct into my face book schedule where it will be seen by a
bunch more people. Click "more" click "events", click "create an event".

Send me a message on facebook or at TR if you want any help. Thanks.-Bob

68camaro
08-04-2013, 10:48 PM
Thanks Senor Honda, info posted on your facebook.