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post #21 of 64 Old 05-05-2018, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 05/05/18

Since it was raining lightly when I left my house, I drove the (gasp) Subaru this morning. I had really wanted to drive the Seven, but didn't want to deal with the rain. Luckily, some people braved the weather, which turned out to be a largely dry by the time we got to Great Falls. There were a few Ferraris there today.


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post #22 of 64 Old 05-19-2018, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's 05/19/18

It rained today. It's rained for what seems like a week! A small turnout for a Saturday at Katie's, but still, a dedicated, enthusiastic bunch!
The guys I usually have breakfast with on Saturdays were there, and we made the best of it. (I got there very early...)


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post #23 of 64 Old 05-26-2018, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 05/26/18

A good turnout at Katie's. Quite a good showing of Ferraris.


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post #24 of 64 Old 06-02-2018, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 06/02/18

Only one Ferrari there today, that I saw. There was an amazing showing of TVRs - 11 of them, while I was there. Quite a sight!

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post #25 of 64 Old 06-09-2018, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 06/09/18

A really good turnout at Katie's, including what I think is the biggest turnout of Ferraris yet this year - two of my friends even brought their 550's out - personal favorites of mine.


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post #26 of 64 Old 06-09-2018, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 06/09/18 - Part 2

Lots more there to like today! (Take a good look at the passenger in the last photo!)


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post #27 of 64 Old 06-16-2018, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 06/16/18

Well, finally - perfect weather on a Saturday morning! That means a lot of cars & people at Katie's. Quite a showing of Ferraris, too!

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post #28 of 64 Old 06-23-2018, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 06/23/18

A newcomer visiting Katie's on a morning like today could be forgiven for thinking "what's the big deal about this?" Today's light mist, which kept away the majority of normal attendees, was not enough to keep regulars away. Most other local cars & coffee events would be happy to have the number, quality and variety of vehicles there today. Occasional light mist aside, it was not at all unpleasant to walk the lot, perusing what people brought out.


Unlike last week, there was no Ferrari presence today.


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post #29 of 64 Old 06-30-2018, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 06/30/18

A warm, clear, beautiful morning at Katie's. As you would expect, there were a lot of cars, and a lot of people there. What are the odds - we had three 12-cyl-boxer-engined Ferraris there today. If he'd known about it, Dino could have driven his 512BB, instead of his Murcielago...

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post #30 of 64 Old 06-30-2018, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 06/30/18 - Part 2

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post #31 of 64 Old 07-08-2018, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 07/07/18

Early morning temperatures in the high-60's, with a light overcast early. I can't think of a better day to drive over to Katie's. Lots of people agreed, and we had a good turnout of Ferraris.


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post #32 of 64 Old 07-14-2018, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 07/14/18

Another amazing morning at Katie's, with a lot of Ferraris in attendance!


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post #33 of 64 Old 07-15-2018, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Accident at Katie's

My first trip to Katie’s was in 2009. A friend (Alan) told me it was a really cool, small gathering of interesting cars and car people. I took a few pictures; they show an original Mini Cooper, two Elises (Alan’s and mine), and a fire engine. The picture was taken after 8:00AM. Crowds were not a problem.

Fast-forward to today, and you have to get to Katie’s INSANELY early to get a ‘good’ spot. As the popularity skyrocketed, so did the quality and variety of vehicles. I have learned a lot by asking questions about what I didn’t recognize or understand. I have a network of friends and acquaintances that all started at Katie’s.

There are downsides to such a huge, popular event. Over the years, we have had accidents involving vehicles coming to or leaving from Katie’s – a couple of modern Ferraris on Georgetown Pike and 495, a Cobra replica, and the sad, fatal accident of the young man driving his S2000 down Walker Road. One of the most widely-reported Katie’s stories was the parking accident between the Mercedes and the Ferrari – I heard people on Metro talking about that, the week after.

This past Saturday, we had another landmark, and not in a good way: a guy with a ~$300,000 McLaren 720S, bought the day before, crashed the car on Walker Road, and had to be medivac’d out to the hospital. This story has made it to the Fairfax County Police Facebook page, and onto the TV news. The McLaren driver’s injuries, thankfully, are not life-threatening, but he after-effects of such a story will color peoples’ opinions of Katie’s Cars & Coffee.

This is NOT meant to be an accusatory screed; God knows, there will be plenty of vitriol from non-car-people. What I want to do, is remind us all that we in the car hobby are very visible, very identifiable targets for people who would like nothing better than to shut down car events they see as being breeding grounds for antisocial behavior. Even many of my car friends have an instant, visceral reaction that ‘that guy (or girl) is an idiot!’ Take that reaction and move it to the large number of non-car-people, and you can see that incidents like this can make for increasing hostility in the general public about “car events” in general.

We car people need to move beyond the too-easy excuse that it’s only “idiots” that cause these problems. The roads in this area are filled with people driving distracted and making completely illogical moves in the middle of traffic. Suburban roads, like the ones surrounding Katie’s, are packed with wild deer, which can dart in front of you like a furry kamikaze. These variables could mean that anyone could be involved in a very serious accident, whether or not it is “your fault”.

Like me, I’m sure you have done some unsafe moves in your car. We all need to keep in mind that the way we drive our vehicles has consequences. Use whatever helps you to keep that in mind…

Do I want to be injured, or to die?
Do I want to damage my car?
Do I want to hurt or kill someone else?
Do I want to have to endure all my friends referring to me as ‘crash’?

Those of us who used to enjoy a Sunday cars & coffee at Fair Lakes, VA (Kohl’s) know that it’s possible to lose a venue because of bad actors. Let’s do what is necessary to make sure we, as a group, clean up our behavior, and keep this weekly event safe, and thriving!
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post #34 of 64 Old 07-21-2018, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 07/21/18

A good morning at Katie's - several Ferraris were there.


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post #35 of 64 Old 07-28-2018, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 07/28/18

A perfect-weather Saturday; that means quite a few Ferraris at Katie's.


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post #36 of 64 Old 08-04-2018, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 08/04/18

The first Saturday in August started off wet, but there was no rain. As a result, Katie's was a bit slow to start, but ended up with good attendance. No Ferraris there today, though...

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post #37 of 64 Old 08-18-2018, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 08/18/18

It threatened rain this morning, but we never really had any, to speak of. As a result, attendance was a bit lower than usual. Still, a lot of interesting vehicles and people. Quite a few Ferraris there today.

Our friend Paul has a '32 Ford Roadster, with no top. We kept our umbrellas at the ready to keep his seats dry.


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post #38 of 64 Old 08-24-2018, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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A Request

For the second year, I will be participating in a childrens’ fund raiser for Our Military Kids in September. This fundraiser is part of the second annual DC America's British Reliability Run (ABRR) which is limited to 50 teams driving British cars that are at least 25 years old. We will be driving our Caterham 7.

The ABRR will run September 28-30 (Friday morning through Sunday noon), rain or shine, and covers around ~700 miles of back roads touring through Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

The DC ABRR website with additional information can be found at:

www.dcbritishreliability.org

THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY
This event is all about the kids, so each team will have the goal of raising at least $1,000 (the more the better) for Our Military Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our Military Kids (OMK), supports the needs of children, ages 5-18, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, as well as children of wounded warriors from all service branches.

For more info about OMK, see -
https://www.dcbritishreliability.org/our-military-kids

There are still spaces left for you to run in this event. All you need is a British car that qualifies as an antique, and three days to spend having a great time with a bunch of fun, like-minded people!

If you can't participate in the run, please consider donating to our team. The link below, to our team home page, allows you to contribute. We appreciate anything you can spare!

https://www.classy.org/team/181442?is_new=true

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post #39 of 64 Old 08-25-2018, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's - Respect the Venue!

In recent weeks, Katie's has had too many incidents that reflect poorly on the vast majority of attendees who know how to act. From the medevac of the McLaren driver, after he put his brand-new car into a tree, to the pickup driver who did a burnout, directly in front of a policeman, Katie's is coming under ever-more public scrutiny.


This morning, I spoke to Mike Kearney, the owner of Katie's and the Old Brogue. Mike is also in charge of the Great Falls Village business owners' association. As such, Mike is the recipient of complaints from the other business owners, regarding parking and other issues. If you move one of the orange pylons to park your car, Mike hears about it. If you park in one of the marked 'No Parking' areas, Mike is the one that gets the call. In short, all of us who come to Katies Cars & Coffee are guests of Mike's. Too often, when Mike asks someone to move from where they are parked, Mike gets abuse from the people who are in the wrong. That's not right - we are guests at this venue.


Katie's is arguably the best gathering of its kind in the area. Several of us have been coming to Katie's since it 'officially' started, in April of 2010 - some even earlier. It is a privilege that should not be taken lightly. Amazingly, I have heard people complain about being asked to move their car, saying that Katie's makes a fortune off the cars & coffee. Let's be clear - on a great Saturday morning, Katie's makes a small percentage of the dollars the restaurant takes in on an average Saturday night. Believe me, this event is becoming more of a pain for Mike and his staff than it is worth. (And, by the way, if you don't buy anything from Katie's, inside or outside - you have no room to complain...) Mike and the staff have adjusted to our crazy-early schedule, and are serving us as early as 6:00AM. Put yourself in their shoes - do you think it's their first choice to get up so early on a Saturday morning? It's damned tough to recruit for positions on a schedule like this.


To put it as bluntly as possible - we could lose this venue. I was a regular at the Kohl's Sunday cars & coffee in Fair Lakes, which we lost a couple of years ago, because of several bad actors. It's no fun, but we were all to blame, for allowing those few to ruin it for the rest of us. If you value this venue, make it clear that we will not tolerate childish behavior. Loud engine revving? Take it elsewhere. Burnouts? High-speed runs down local roads, to & from Katie's? Take it to the track. If you behave like the guests you are, you will be welcome. People that cannot behave should be firmly but politely asked to leave.


I would welcome any suggestions regarding self-policing, to save this venue.


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post #40 of 64 Old 08-25-2018, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 08/25/18

A perfect-weather day at Katie's. A good Ferrari turnout, too.


In addition, there was a nice Lamborghini Espada and a brand-new Ford GT.


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