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post #1 of 191 Old 01-05-2013, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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2013 C & C - Great Falls, VA - Katie's

For reference purposes, here's the link to the 2012 thread for Katie's Cars & Coffee, in Great Falls, VA -

http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/us...c-c-great.html

The first Katies Cars & Coffee for 2013 was held today. Cold and clear, a good crowd showed up, with a good number of cars and people there by 7:00AM. It was 29F when I arrived at 6:15AM, and it got to 39F by the time I left at 9:00AM. Today was typical of the relatively smaller turnout during the winter, but the quality and variety was what we have come to expect.
A very nice contingent of Ferraris today.

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Katie's, 01/12/13

It was a day of suprises.
It was supposed to be a warm morning, and it wasn't bad (42F at 6AM), but it started out very foggy, and did not warm up at all during the morning. When I arrived at Katie's at 6:15AM, only one car was already there - Mark Franke and his son Joseph had arrived before me in their Esprit.
Mike S. arrived in his Volvo shortly afterwards.

Since the weather was not as we expected, cars dribbled in throughout the morning. I even saw cars arriving when I left at 9:30AM. All-in-all, a nice crowd for early January.

Among the special cars there today, a friend brought out his very rare Lotus Omega. It's always nice to see Harlan and his Lancia Fulvia.

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Katie's, 01/19/13

A cold morning, but the start of a 3-day weekend meant a good showing.
What's nice about this time of year is that, if it's not raining or snowing, we have a decent turnout - but - there's still space on the lot, even for people who come as late as 8:00AM.

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Katie's, 01/19/13 - Part 2

More from today. The artsy picture of the muti-colors of the hoods is by Mike S., the die-hard film guy. After he used the digital camera, he ran off to sanitize his hands...

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Some brave souls taking their cars out when there's so much salt on the roads!
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Katie's, 01/26/13

One of the questions asked most about Cars & Coffee events is, "when do they stop for the year"? My standard answer has been, "if it's not actively raining, or if there's not significant snow, ice or salt on the roads, it's on". This morning was a great example - it snowed lightly, yesterday afternoon thru evening. My local neighborhood streets had about an inch of packed snow this morning, but all other roads were clear of snow, and there looked to be little salt residue left over. The uncertainty of road conditions meant this was not going to be a 'normal' turnout for the very early Katie's crowd. I got to Katie's, as I normally do, around 6:20AM. I was the first car on the parking lot, which is unusual. I'm used to having no less than 3 or 4 people there before me - Dave in his Corvette, Glenn in his 360, Maserati or Hummer, and at least another random regular.

Doubt about road conditions just pushes attendance later in the morning. We started having car people show up around 6:45AM, with more at 7:00AM, and still more arriving as I left, just past 7:30AM. In general, daily drivers are more commonplace, and would certainly be the norm if the roads are still bad. Still, you'll notice that someone brought out a RWD Ford Lightning truck - gutsy!

Questionable conditions may keep some folks away, and there will be far less cars, and few 'interesting' cars, but car people still come out to sit and talk about things automotive.

One last item - experience shows, if we had this small turnout this week, it will take worse weather to keep people away next week. We don't like extended breaks from our car fixes!

The Katie's morning crew today was Pablo, Gina & Matt.

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Katie's, 01/26/13 - Part 2

Seen at Katie's today: This 2001 Acura TL!

Car Guy 1: Isn't that the '01 TL??

Car Guy 2: Yes, in the rare Laguna Green color!

CG1: I think '01 was the year Acura changed the NAV and radio controls!

CG2: None of the pretentious 'Special Edition' nonsense on this car!

CG1: Nope, dead stock. What is it that would describe this car's basic 'rightness'?

CG2: It's totally stock.

CG1: Absolutely. In a thousand years, this will be rare!
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thanks for soldiering on, Bob!
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Katie's, 02/02/13

The first Saturday in February - it was clear, but 14F. Lots of salt on the road. Will anyone show up?

YES!


A big showing of German iron this week. Glenn & the good doctor brought out their Italians.

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Katie's, 02/09/13

A cold, blustery day. It kept some away, but not all. A pretty good turnout of German cars, and three Ferraris & a Maserati, so not bad at all.

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Katie's, 02/16/13

You thought the weather, or roads, were too bad this morning for people to bring their cars out to Katie's. You were wrong.

Some of what you missed this morning (not to mention car talk with car guys...)

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Katie's, 02/16/13 - Part 2

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Katie's, 02/23/13

The last Katie's Cars & Coffee of February, and the forecast called for rain. Yes, it kept some people away, but we had a surprising amount of people show up. While 'daily drivers' were the order of the day, there were some interesting cars. Of course, the weather never stops us from talking cars inside Katie's.

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Wow Bob, I am impressed that you can keep up the photos coming through rain, snow, etc. Well done sir.

Look for me when the salt clears, I shall return. The 308QV is getting a Major Service Completed in NC by Tom at Sport Auto, and I am just starting work on the 1949 Corinth Blue Caddy Sedan I just purchased.

How can I find you once the weather warms up?

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Wow Bob, I am impressed that you can keep up the photos coming through rain, snow, etc. Well done sir.

Look for me when the salt clears, I shall return. The 308QV is getting a Major Service Completed in NC by Tom at Sport Auto, and I am just starting work on the 1949 Corinth Blue Caddy Sedan I just purchased.

How can I find you once the weather warms up?

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Thanks, Matt. You can usually find one of my cars in the lot, facing Katie's front door. I almost always get there by 6:30AM. My cars are a red Lotus Elise and a metallic-dark-green Jaguar XK coupe. I am wandering around the lots, wearing either a Lotus or a Jaguar cap, with a Canon camera. I look forward to seeing you, and your cars!

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Katie's, 03/09/13

After this week of cold and snow, a beautiful Saturday. As a result, people came out of the woodwork. A great turnout, with lots of cars we had not seen before! The first picture is the lot as of 7:45AM. A glorious day for Italian cars...

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Katie's, 03/09/13 - Part 2

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Bummed that I missed the DMC-12
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Bummed that I missed the DMC-12
I asked him to come to our Lotus get-together at Fair Lakes on Sunday, April 14th, as a "Lotus-related-vehicle".

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