By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
There aren’t many rules to take part in Cars and Coffee.
Be able to arise by 8 a.m. or so on a Saturday; own or have access to a car, preferably in tip-top shape; and be trusting enough to park the vehicle so others can take a look.
That’s about it, although bring a few bucks because you’re on your own for coffee.
Cars and Coffee is the brainchild of Dave DeNunzio and Don Curtis, two car buffs who wanted to start up a regular get-together for vehicle enthusiasts.
The event is a cruise-in, meaning that there are no trophies or registration fees like at car shows. Cars aren’t judged, either, at least not officially.
“I don’t call anybody really in charge,” said DeNunzio, who drove a reproduction Shelby Cobra sports car to the Feb. 2 cruise-in held at Brookgreen Town Center in Mount Pleasant.
The cruise-in has had just two sites in its history: Towne Centre for a year or so and for the past few months at Brookgreen, located off Coleman Boulevard. The date and time is always the same, 8-10 a.m. Saturday.
While there are no fees, the organizers at least once got word out that donations would be accepted for an East Cooper charity. It was the cruise-in’s largest showing, with 150 aficionados on hand.
“There’s a core group,” said Rick Steuer, a regular at the Saturday morning event. “We get along; young guy, old guy,” he said.
“It’s interesting to look at the different cars,” said Bob Driscoll, another devotee of Cars and Coffee.
At the Feb. 2 cruise-in, vehicles on hand included a rare ’50s era British Daimler, at least two Ferraris, a blue Lamborghini VT and a Tesla S electric vehicle. Three new Minis parked beside each other, while a red Corvette held the left flank of two Porsches. New model BMWs and Mercedes’ were popular attractions, as were Mustangs.
Curtis brought a Birel Motorsport racing go-kart capable of 75 mph on speedways. With all the G-forces, the low-to-the-ground vehicle “wears you out in a couple of laps,” he said.
In launching Cars and Coffee, the light bulb idea was, “Why not have a gathering early Saturday morning,” DeNunzio said. With an 8-10 a.m. time span, eventgoers still have most of the day free to “do all the things that they have to do.”
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Ben Holmquist (right) makes a point about his recently repainted 1993 Mazda Miata at the Cars and Coffee cruise-in Feb. 2 in Mount Pleasant (Jim Parker/Staff 2-2-2013).×
A red Corvette (left) and two Porsches are lined up at the Feb. 2 get-together off Coleman Boulevard (Jim Parker/Staff 2-2-2013).×
A group of regulars at Cars and Coffee including co-founder Dave DeNunzio (left) take in the morning event (Jim Parker/Staff 2-2-2013).×
One of the classics at the Cars and Coffee Cruise-in Feb. 2 was this 1950s era Bentley (Jim Parker/Staff 2-2-2013).×
This blue Lamborghini was one of a few ultraluxury sport models at the Car and Coffee kitsch in Mount Pleasant (Jim Parker/Staff 2-2-2013).×
A few motorcycles, including this Ducati racing-style bike, were on hand at Cars and Coffee last Saturday (Jim Parker/Staff 2-2-2013).×
Another of the six-figures cars at the Cars and Coffee gathering was this red Ferrari (Jim Parker/Staff 2-2-2013).×
Don Curtis (right) a co-founder of Cars and Coffee, brought a Birel Motorsport racing go-kart to the event. His son races the go-kart at road courses and speedways (Jim Parker/Staff 2-2-2013).×
A new Tesla electric vehicle drew a crowd at Cars and Coffee on Feb. 2 in Mount Pleasant (Jim Parker/Staff 2-2-2013).×