Cars and Coffee Irvine – A Car Show of Amazing Super Cars and Rare Classics

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I went to Cars and Coffee Irvine Labor Day Weekend with my friend Mike, a Corvette enthusiast. Let me start by saying, I completely underestimated that car show. I had no idea how good it is.

I’m a regular at Cars and Coffee Carlsbad, a relatively small get-together, yet featuring some very cool cars. I’ve been hearing for months now how Cars and Coffee Irvine is an amazing show – the bee’s knees of cars and coffee gatherings. So, when our friends from San Diego Car Enthusiasts (SDCE) club told me that they were headed up there for Labor Day Weekend Saturday, I couldn’t resist. Keep reading for the story and all the photos…

Never in a million years could I have expected to see a Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F40, McLaren MP4-12C, Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Diablo, Lamborghini Countach…  ALL IN THE SAME PLACE…

Given I’m a little further North than the SDCE guys, I left earlier hoping to meet them up in OC. Mike and I arrived in my Mazda MX5 NC around 6:15AM, after leaving Carlsbad shy of 5:30AM. That was the best thing we could’ve done. By 6:30 there was barely any space left in the Mazda North America Operations parking lot where the show is held every Saturday. While you can arrive at just about any time between 7 and 9AM in Carlsbad at the Outlet Mall, in Irvine, if you get there too late you won’t be able to bring your car in and you will have to park outside. There is however a neat multi-story parking lot next door where spectators and overflow can park to attend the show. So, if you spent the entire Friday night detailing and waxing your show car and then woke up late because you were too tired, your piece of work might end up confined to the multi-story lot.

Lamborghini Aventador
One of the show’s greats – A stealthy Lamborghini Aventador.

Needless to say, I couldn’t believe it. Never in a million years could I have expected to see a Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F40, McLaren MP4-12C, Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Diablo, Lamborghini Countach and countless other super-rare cars ALL IN THE SAME PLACE, ON THE SAME DAY! It was beyond comprehension. I’ve attended PAID shows that weren’t this good!
There were at least 5 Ford GT’s, countless Porsches including some fine GT3 RS and classic Speedsters.

There were only 2 NA Miatas, one being a supercharged,nicely built up car. My NC MX5 Miata was the only one at the show. Feels pretty cool to be so rare amongst so many Ferraris, Lambos, and others. A bit ironic given the show is held at the Mazda parking lot.

What follows in some photography I took to give you an idea what it’s all about. The photos are great, but nothing beats being there in person. So, if you live anywhere in the vicinity of Orange County, I recommend you dedicate a Saturday just to wake up early and attend this show – even if you don’t have a car to display, just come enjoy. If you live far away and have the means, trust me, this show alone is worth a plane ticket! It’s easy to get to as well – It’s close to the 5 freeway on the Alton Pkwy exit.

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Ferrari F430 Coupe
Believe it or not, some Ferraris are ugly. The F430 is not one of them.
Porsche GT3 RS
Hardcore Porsche GT2 RS.
McLaren MP4-12C
Robotic name, amazing car.
Lamborghini Diablo
Didn’t expect to see one of these. Happy I did. Lamborghini Diablo.
Ferrari F40
Blown away to see a Ferrari F40 up close and personal.
Ferrari Enzo
This ultra rare Ferrari Enzo alone made the entire trip to OC worthwhile!
Ferrari 458 Italia
I’ve seen plenty of red 458’s – A rare Ivory white (Avorio) example.
Classic Bentley Convertible
Classic Bentley convertible with red interiors.
Alfa Romeo Roadster
Beautiful classic Alfa Romeo roadster
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
Guess where the Japanese got their styling inspiration back in the 70’s and early 80’s? Beautiful Italian vintage styling from what I believe is an Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV.
Ferrari 458 Italia GoPro Hero Shot
GoPro Hero shot of an amazing Ferrari 458 Italia.
Ferrari F40
Clearly another star at Cars and Coffee Irvine – Amazing Ferrari F40.
Ferrari Enzo
Definitely, the most amazing car at the show.
Ferrari Enzo
Can’t get enough of this Ferrari Enzo! Here’s a wide angle Go Pro Hero pic.
Mitsubishi Evolution X GSR
This Mitsubishi Evo X wasn’t at all unimpressive amongst all the Ferraris and Lambos.
Mitsubishi Evo X GSR
We’re Evo X fans around here. So, here’s another GoPro shot.
Lamborghini Diablo Go Pro Shot
Here’s another cool shot of that incredible Lambo.
Ford GT
There were at least 5 Ford GT’s on site.
Lamborghini Countach
The show would’ve not been as good without the appearance of one of the kings of wall posters – Lamborghini Countach.
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