Sunday, 6 September 2015

Feature: Cars and Coffee Byron Bay

Cars and coffee, two things Australians appear to like. So imagine an event that encouraged the gawking of one and the drinking of the other? Well for four increasingly successful months an event in the beautiful Byron Bay has been doing exactly that, enticing all manner of interesting vehicles out of their garages and sheds all over the region. I've had a chat to organiser of the aptly named Cars and Coffee Byron Bay, Chris, to find out exactly what it is all about.
Cars and Coffee Byron Bay Sunday 14th September

Where did the idea for Cars and Coffee come from?
Events such as this have been running for many years in the United States. Australia has recently started the same concept, however the events are limited to most capital cities.   Living in Byron Bay has the one disadvantage of distance from these already operating events. So, I decided to spread the word and get as many enthusiasts together to meet, share the passion, take drives through the hinterland and generally spend time together.

What sort of cars have come along to date/ who's welcome?
So far we have had cars, motorcycles, kombis - even a caravan. The main “criteria” is for the car or bike to be interesting. My definition of  “interesting” for the benefit of my 6 year old son is “a car which makes you look at it again while walking away”. We’ve had a strong selection of Porsches, from the early long hoods right up to modern 911's. BMW, Mercedes, VW Kombis have all featured too as have Aston Martins, Alfa Romeos and Japanese brands such as Mazda, Datsun and Honda. Not forgetting the homegrown muscle cars from Ford, Holden and Chrysler have made a showing.

Everything is welcome, Bentlays, Mazda's, BMW's, Skyline GTR's, Beetles and Kombi's

What's been your favourite car to show up to date?
One is too hard to choose. From the last event, my favourite was easily the 6 Austin Healys. All from the local area. Another was the genuine Porsche 356 Speedster in immaculate condition. But, hey, can't go far past the 1972 Porsche 911.

6 fine Austin Healy's

What's next for cars and coffee Byron?
Cars and Coffee Byron Bay Road Trips are coming soon. Spend a few hours, a whole day or a weekend with other enthusiasts as we travel the roads of Northern NSW and Queensland. Stopping at great cafes, fine dining and luxurious accommodation where needed.

Mazda RX3 Coupe

How can somebody get involved? Where, when etc
Its pretty simple to join in. All you need is something interesting. Then just come along to The Farm at Byron Bay from 8.30 until 10.30 on the second Sunday of each month. Entry is free and by just coming you might win one of two vouchers from The Three Blue Ducks and O-Sushi.
Classic's from Japan and a Ford Cortina
Classic's from Japan and a Ford Cortina
Classic's from Japan and a Ford Cortina

And lastly what would be your dream car?
Just one? Would have to be a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS.
Motorbikes, minis and Aston Martins, everything's welcome
Motorbikes, minis and Aston Martins, everything's welcome

So there we go, all you need to know about Cars and Coffee Byron Bay from the organiser himself. Come along for a fun family morning with a bite to eat and a cup of coffee, of course. The next event is Sunday 14th September at The Farm on Ewingsdale Road.

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