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post #41 of 53 Old 09-07-2019, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 09/07/19

Quite a showing of Ferraris this morning, including two 488's - one of them, a Pista!


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post #42 of 53 Old 09-07-2019, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 09/07/19 - Part 2

A few more from today...


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post #43 of 53 Old 09-07-2019, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's Public Service Announcement

First - there is a regular police presence at Katie's now. This is because of problems caused by 'bad actors'. If you know someone who likes to do the engine revving, burnouts, and speed runs down the local streets - please encourage them to stop that behavior, or ask them to stay away. It's completely possible that we could lose this venue, based on the behavior of a few.

Below is a picture of someone pulled over by a Fairfax County policeman. I don't know why he was pulled over, but be aware - the police have been alerted to watch this crowd carefully. I saw two speed traps within a mile of Katie's when I left the venue today.

Finally - the subject of parking. I'm told there are at least 500 parking spots at the venue, and we regularly exceed that number of cars. The simple solution - if you want to be able to get a parking spot at Katie's, get there between 6:00AM to 6:30AM. That doesn't appeal to you? In that case, you could show up between 8:00AM and 8:30AM, and you MIGHT get a space. Be aware that the Katie's Cars & Coffee is designed to be done by 9:00AM, so that local businesses can have parking for their customers.

When I exited the parking lot this morning, I drove up to Georgetown Pike, and there was a line of cars parked on the exit road, next to the Post Office. A truck delivering produce to Katie's was forced to unload his truck at the top of the entry road (because an entire lane of this two-lane road was blocked by parked cars). This turned the road into a one-way, exit-only road. If you parked on the entry road - PLEASE STOP. You blocked off not only an entry, but a route that has been used RECENTLY by the EMS unit across the street, for emergency medical work. I hope this street can be marked as a no parking zone ASAP.

If we don't make sure we rectify the problems that are happening at this venue, we are NOT going to like the changes these problems will cause.

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post #44 of 53 Old 09-14-2019, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 09/14/19

A good turnout today, especially for Ferraris.


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post #45 of 53 Old 09-14-2019, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's Parking

If you are reading this, chances are you are not part of the problem, but there are people coming to Katie's whose behavior is a problem. We now have a police officer on site (paid for by Mike, owner of Katie's), to help rein in the few who need to prove their manhood by high-speed runs, engine revving, and burnouts on Georgetown Pike and Walker Road.

Another problem that is getting worse, is parking along the road into Katie's, between the Post Office and the bank. This road functions as an entry and exit, and is not wide enough for parking. When people park along this road, it becomes impossible for two-way traffic. Keep in mind that, in the event of a medical emergency, this is how the ambulance would get to our parking lots, and I have seen the ambulance here onsite at least twice in the last year. Don't be the person that parks in the entry road, and chokes this main thoroughfare down.

Please do what you can to help alleviate this problem. These are serious problems, that could cause us to lose Katie's as a Cars & Coffee venue.

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post #46 of 53 Old 09-21-2019, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 09/21/19

A good turnout today!
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post #47 of 53 Old 09-28-2019, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 09/28/19

Another big turnout at Katie's.


Anyone have any ideas for getting people to park where they are supposed to?
Late-comers parking on the entrance road between the Post Office and bank make it difficult to get in and out...
and are a hazard to the ambulance across the street, if he needs to get into the complex. (Thankfully, no Ferraris appear to be parking here.)


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post #48 of 53 Unread 10-05-2019, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 10/05/19

A plethora of Ferraris there today.


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post #49 of 53 Unread 10-26-2019, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 10/26/19

A strange day at Katie's. A slow start - not many people there early, but lots of spaces had been roped off by the owner of Katie's. It was a while before people started showing up, but we found out why the spaces were reserved - Wayne Carini of TV show Chasing Classic Cars was in the area, to pick up a TVR Griffith he had bought locally. Wayne had a small film crew there, and he had contacted some local friends to bring out some special cars: Bob Morris's Allard, Joe Barta's BMW 507, Ian Landy's 1929 Bentley, and one of Eric Zaussner's Moal hotrods.

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Katie's, 10/26/19

More from today. Oh - it was the Saturday before Halloween.


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Katie's, 11/02/19

A pretty good turnout at Katie's, but many left early, to go into DC for the Nationals' World Series parade.
A good amount of Ferraris today.


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post #52 of 53 Unread 11-23-2019, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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Katie's, 11/23/19

A cold morning - my first day back after the trip to England. Turnout was lower than it has been, but quality was high. Ferraris were a large percentage of the cars there today.


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Katie's, 12/07/19

31F this morning, but skies are crystal clear! A great day to drive to Katie's early. Another bonus: in cold weather, we don't have throngs of people everywhere.

A good selection of nice cars, though... Strangely, only one Ferrari.

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