Cars & Coffee

Cars & Coffee in Irvine quickly became an institution with all automotive enthusiasts.  Why was it so successful?  The magic formula might be that it wasn’t an organized event, but rather a simple happening that grew organically. Cars & Coffee has had a few bumps in the road as we try to settle in after … Read more

1972 BMW Bavaria (E3)

10 second quarter mile + John Wayne + Dietitian = This BMW Bavaria. Dietitian: The Orange County owner of this BMW for 30-years was Mrs. Magna Schley who was the head dietitian at Hoag Hospital. John Wayne: She used it to do house calls on the Duke at his Newport Beach residence. (I bet there's ... Read more

1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera Coupe

California smog is the vintage car enthusiast's antichrist. This is the classic story of good versus evil.  The nemesis for California car folks is the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) who are the overlords of the vehicle emissions program.  Cars built from 1976 and newer require a smog test every 2 years.  I get cold ... Read more

1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera Coupe

There's the "Widow-Maker" and then there's the "Doctor Killer." These were often used monikers for Porsche's early air-cooled 911 Turbos.  The earliest of these were 3.0L cars with a big (for that time) single turbo.  People with far more money than talent were the typical buyers and in a short period of time found themselves ... Read more

1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II

Don't piss off Austin Healey internet fanboys. Yes, this was my dad's Austin Healey.  We sold it 4-years ago to a local friend who has enjoyed it and is now moving on.  Since this was a sentimental car to us, I created a short video before we sold it last time.  It was really more ... Read more

1965 Sunbeam Tiger Preproduction Prototype

Then there are those who love the full restoration process. John, the owner of this rare Sunbeam Tiger prototype is a self-proclaimed "bad driver" and leaves driving to his wife.  Instead, he finds relief in sourcing a rare collector grade vehicle, researching the history, managing the restoration, showing the car, and then selling it.  This ... Read more