Car fanatics show off their wheels

Car lines up at Cars and Tallahassee Saturday morning. Photo courtesy: Darryl Lewis

It’s called Cars & Coffee, and every third Saturday of the month car enthusiasts from all over Tallahassee gather in the parking lot of Glory Days Grill off Capital Circle Northeast. The sounds of custom exhaust and idle engines revving set the tone for the occasion.

There were a variety of cars to look at Saturday, ranging from classic muscle cars to super cars such as Porsches or Lamborghinis.

Everyone in attendance had a common interest in cars. There were around 30-40 people in attendance. Some people even brought their families out.

Participants shared stories about how they got their cars and everything they have done to enhance them.

“As I got older, this is something I always wanted to do, and It’s fun. In high school, I had a ’79 Camaro, and I loved it,” said car fanatic Jay Levenstein, who was showing off his 1968 Camaro Super Sport.

Not everyone at the event was there to show off their car. However, some people genuinely love cars and want to see what other people are bringing. David Alexander III has been into cars since he was 2 years old and his father would take him for rides in his souped Camaro. He has attended numerous Cars and Coffee events.

Jay Levensteins green 1968 Camaro SS. Photo courtesy: Darryl Lewis

“I just wanted to see some cars.  I have been coming to these car shows for a while. We have had meets in bigger locations before where we have more space to branch out, and there is usually more than one in a day,” Alexander said.

The car meet crowd was filled with friendly people. If someone has a question about someone’s car, they will have no issue talking to you about their vehicle.

“There were more cars at this month’s event than last month, so I had fun. You get to talk to lots of people,” Julienne Pujol, a regular attendant of Cars and Coffee, said.

The event was from 8-10 a.m. and was open to the public. Anyone was allowed to participate and those who wanted to showcase their vehicle backed their car into a parking spot. Some even went a step further and opened the hood of their car so the more knowledgeable car fanatics could look at their engines.

As the event ended and cars began to leave, each car took its final drive down the main strip allowing bystanders to take pictures and video as they left. It also gave the owner of each car a chance to let people hear how loud their car really can be.