Another dream car in the bank. Understandably, my jaw hit the floor when I received word that I would be photographing this pristine 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500 S last month. A three owner car with just under 10,500km (right around 6,500 miles) since new and on its ORIGINAL TIRES, this 32 year old car was in better than showroom new condition.
The Countach was penned by Marcello Gandini, the heralded designer of the legendary Miura, which both coined and revolutionized the consumer “super car”. Being the successor to the Miura was no easy act to follow, but Gandini created something just as memorable in a completely new and exciting way. Consisting nearly completely of flat, angular panels, the Countach assumes a bold wedge shape, both very wide and low. It is very clear that form came before function on the Countach, the scissor doors being necessary due to the width of the car (too wide for traditionally opening doors), and the fact that rear visibility was nonexistent at best. The best way to back this car into a spot? Sit on the sill with the driver’s door up and modulate the clutch while looking backward. The Countach made no excuses about its lack of “real world” aesthetics, and I love that.
Every now and then some really exciting sessions come along that make you rub your eyes and read the screen again. When I received word from Fee Banks at Young Money Motors that a few vehicles belonging to Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins (a Texas native) needed to be photographed for an upcoming article, I couldn’t wait to hear what they would be. Casually, it was mentioned “It’s the Lamborghini. And the Mercedes. And probably the Rolls. Oh, and I think we’ll bring the Ferrari, too”.
After a two month absence from Vintage Park, Houston Coffee & Cars returned this past Saturday to resume the monthly event. After a very brief rest from the 4th of July festivities, I got on the road to Vintage Park around 5:50am in order to get there as the sun was rising. Got there just in time and was treated to perfectly soft light as the cars began to roll in. The lots weren’t as crowded as they normally are, thanks to the 2 month break, so it was nice to be able to wander around and look at cars without a huge crowd. While there, I learned more about the upcoming Lamborghini Festival (September 13-14, 2014) and a few plans for upcoming C&C shows. All I can say is that there is some impressive machinery scheduled, so be sure to make it out the next few months!
Houston Coffee and Cars has become one of the greatest and largest free car shows in the United States over the past few years, and it is not by accident. Many of us, including myself, have become spoiled by the event. We show up each month assuming that a wide variety of amazing machines, worth tens of millions of dollars together, will be there in full force for us to document and admire. We take for granted that we are able to see cars that most will never see in a lifetime, let alone every first Saturday of the month. With thorough planning and impeccable attention to detail, those who assemble the event ensure that a full roster of amazing machines always turne out to wow the crowd month after month. With its continued growth, it became apparent that Coffee and Cars would have to continuously adapt in order to keep the high standards of quality that had come to be expected from the event.
I thought that the drizzly weather and cloud cover that kept everything dark would make for a bad showing at this month’s Coffee & Cars, but I was wrong. All the beasts came out, filling all the lots to the brim in what was one of the better shows I’ve been to in a while. People have been respecting the rules well in the past few months, but unfortunately the idiot in the video below (not my video) didn’t seem to realize that RWD plus slick, rainy roads is a recipe for disaster. Hopefully it does not further strain the already stressed relations between the event and Vintage Park.
Everything was back to normal this month, with the event being held at the usual location of Vintage Park. Cars were arriving bright and early, nearly filling the lot at 6am! I rode in with some others as a part of Lucas Auto Care’s “Meet, Greet, & Ride” event, which turned out to be a great time. The ride consisted of 2 Mazda RX7’s, a 996 Porsche Carrera, 2 Lamborghini Gallardos and 2 C6 Corvettes. It took a little while for the sun to peak over the East side of the lot, giving me enough ambient light to begin shooting. Shortly down the line I spotted the legendary Ferrari F40, which made a brief appearance before being whisked off. Also there was a gorgeous Porsche 550 Spyder, which looked beautiful under the soft morning light.
We had a great time out at Coffee & Cars this past month! The event was held at Reliant Park in conjunction with the Houston Grand Prix, and it was nice to have a change of venue, if only for one month. I met up with a few other cars at Lucas Auto Care as part of their monthly “Meet, Greet, & Ride” to Coffee & Cars, and took an awesome drive from their shop in Cypress, down 45 through downtown to Reliant Park. I got some footage of the ride on a borrowed GoPro camera, but unfortunately the camera froze about a third of the way into the drive (missing the great sunrise footage at downtown, of course). It was still an incredible ride, and I’m looking forward to taking part in it again next month, when Coffee & Cars will be at Vintage Park again.
Back to Houston Coffee & Cars for September 2013! Everyone was out early in full force, filling the lot completely by 7:30am. We were treated to moderately “cool” weather for the first few hours, with some nice cloud cover that kept things from beginning to melt (c’mon Coffee & Cars December 2013!). An IndyCar from the upcoming Grand Prix of Houston was present to promote next month’s event (the first weekend in October).
A special return appearance of the Speed Racer car was definitely drawing looks from all over the lot, along with the Lamborghini Aventador that always seems to steal the show. Tesla vehicles are becoming more and more prominent in Houston, and it definitely showed that morning, with a solid turnout from that group. It’s great to see something new and exciting like that, and it only happens at Coffee & Cars!