Cars & Coffee is a worldwide phenomenon now, which makes sense when these events are made up of the finest supercars and hypercars that money can buy. Well supercars along with other sports cars and other rare cars that don't come out to play often. If you've ever claimed to be car enthusiast, you should get to one of these events. Not only will it potentially blow your mind as to what kind of cars S.A has to offer, it can also serve as inspiration for those who want more out of life. One of my favourite parts of this event was reading some of the online conversation I saw leading up to it. I saw locals comparing Cars & Coffee SA to the international events saying that we'll never see cars of the same calibre here, and then seeing the reactions from the same people after the event has taken place and pics surface online. I can't really blame them though as these cars are usually not seen around, and if they do attend events it's on the quiet. If you're not in the right motoring circles you'll never believe SA has such a rich and varied supercar community.
I was lucky enough to be invited to cover this latest Jo'burg leg of Cars & Coffee, which was the 5th officially affiliated event to take place in SA - and I was not disappointed with what I saw. Then again, an event starting off at RACE! in Kyalami is guaranteed to be a good one, that place is the ultimate one-stop shop for the guys who want their exclusive cars to stand out a little more than they already do. Marco and his crew don't hold back, there was breakfast for everyone, along with coffee, lots of coffee. This first part of the day wasn't open to the public, it was the meeting point for the supercar owners and gave them a chance to chat and catch up, as well as do one of the most important things related to Cars & Coffee - networking. You know how loads of deals are made on the golf course? This is much the same, but better because cars are involved. From RACE! the supercars headed out to Odi for some fun on the drag strip, the part of the event that was open to the public, and a few people did make their way out there to see the cars being driven like they were intended. I was driving on my own which meant getting wicked rolling shots was not possible, although the many other photographers there managed to get some amazing pics that you can see via the Cars & Coffee Facebook and Instagram accounts. Somehow they all managed to bundle into a dedicated "press car" that I didn't know about. Note made for next time though.
I'm not going to list all the awesomeness spotted at this Cars & Coffee because I'll be here all day, everything was amazing, from the new Aventador S to the BMW M2, every car was special. What impressed me the most was seeing the speeds these supercars can get on a standing kilometer run, I'm pretty sure the Odi normally aspirated record was broken by a stock Ferrari F12 - that's pretty damn nuts! Here's some of my pics from the day, I did take plenty more but they were for a client, so sadly you don't get to see them all. That's not a complaint from my side of course. I do have a new favourite supercar now though, the Ferrari 458 was where it's at, but when my ship comes in, I'm getting me a Lamborghini Huracan!
Enjoy the pics...
A huge thanks to all involved - RACE! - Prestige Magazine - Last Lion Lifestyle. Also, thanks to Ish Kaskar for the hookup!
Author: Chris Wall
A slightly tattooed motoring fanatic, photography nut and avid collector of knowledge. Use the search bar to navigate through the archives.