In 2008, Doug Zumbach thought it would be fun to resurrect an concept he had tried in 1995. As a hard-core car guy, Doug invited some auto enthusiast friends to meet for an informal Sunday morning get-together in front of his well-known coffee shop in downtown New Canaan, CT. And Caffeine and Carburetors was reborn. The second time was apparently a charm as Doug and fellow organizers Todd Brown (co-owner of 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield) and Peter Bush (the voice of C&C and long-time Fairfield County DJ,95.9 The FOX) now oversee a phenomenal gathering that draws over 300 cars and more than 2500 people to Pine Street in New Canaan. Caffeine and Carburetors is an informal affair with no charge to attend.
The cars on display are incredibly diverse and come from all over Fairfield and Westchester Counties. British and Italian sportscars are parked next to American muscle cars. Cars from the 40s and 50s vie for space with the latest exotics. Hot rods, 3-wheelers, motorcycles, race cars, trucks and massive American convertibles are all welcome. There are no prizes and no judging. Many of the cars are rare or so unique they have not been seen before. Ever heard of a Bocar? How about a Jaguar-powered Kougar? For me, one of my favorites at September’s C&C was a gorgeous Renault Alpine A110. The cars are the stars, but many well-known people attend as well. Celebrity detailer and YouTube star Larry Kosilla is a regular while quite a few serious car collectors are happy to share their prized possessions and great stories with the crowd.
If you haven’t been before, here’s why you need to go:
1) The cars
2) The people
3) Excellent coffee
4) Great atmosphere
5) Since it starts and ends early, you can still do all the other stuff you promised your spouse you would get to
If you plan on displaying your car and you want a good spot, bring something rare or exceptional and get there early!
Caffeine and Carburetors is held in front of Zumbach’s Coffee on Pine Street in New Canaan, CT six times per year. It runs from 8 – 10:30am. The last two dates for 2013 are October 6 and November 3.