Friday night rolls around with no plans for Saturday morning. Work? That gets old. Combat pistol shooting at the OKC Gun Club? Fun, but do you know how expensive 9mm ammo is nowadays? Mountain biking? Love doing that, but it is supposed to be pretty cold and windy. I would go ride my BMW motorcycle since it has heated gear, but front wheel is off awaiting a replacement tire.
Up pops a notice on my Facebook page from an acquaintance and Mini car owner, Dean Wilhite, inviting me to the Coffee and Kars gathering on the first Saturday of each month. Oh yea. I forgot about that. Sure sounds fun as long as I dress warm.
I had followed Dean’s rebuild of his Mini over the winter on Facebook. I had never seen it in person. He had rebuilt the motor and dropped a 1.3 liter under the hood, which should make for a mean Mini. Sounded like a plan.
I woke up next morning and invited Kay along. She was unexpectedly free so went along with me for the morning trip, my first time to Coffee and Kars in Oklahoma City.
Despite the cold weather, there was a wide variety of cars there, ranging from several jellybelly colored Lotus Elise sports cars to a deep red Ferrari (of course it is red), Porches, plus lots of new and older American muscle cars. My favorites were the cars that people had obviously put elbow grease into restoring and rebuilding. As Dean said at the gathering, there are cool cars that you can buy, and then there are cool cars that you make. I prefer the latter, although the ones you can just buy are pretty darn cool also.
We spent the morning browsing the cool cars, talking with some of the owners, and enjoying a brisk and windy day looking at awesome hunks of sheet metal. I am not a big fan of taking pictures at car shows, since you can’t control the background or lighting. I just grabbed a few snapshots with my D3s and a 35mm lens to record what cars were there.