Engines roared and music played outside the Coffee Beanery at 2408 S. Clear Creek Road on Sunday as drivers turned out in force for the monthly Coffee n’ Cars car show.
The entire parking lot of the strip mall on Clear Creek was packed as event attendees came and left during the drop in, drop out event.
“I don’t really participate in a lot of car shows, really just if they are raising money for charity or if they are informal like this one,” Carl Gordon said.
Gordon was at the event showing off his 1965 Buick Wildcat. “I really like the friendship and comraderie of the car community,” he said.
Gordon said he has been showing cars for four years. While he doesn’t care too much about the car shows themselves, he said he loves meeting the people who participate in them and those who come out to see them.
“The thing I really like is to just hang out and see who comes out to these things,” he said. “It is a really good turnout at this one; you got people young and old out here.”
Gordon wasn’t the only relative newcomer to the car show scene, either. Quincy Jarrett was out at the event, as well, showing off his 2015 Subaru WRX.
“I have been interested in car show for years, but it’s only recently that I’ve had a car to show,” he said. “This is probably my fourth car show since I started participating in them about two years ago.”
Jarrett said Sunday was his first time at the Coffee n’ Cars car show, but he would try to attend more in the future if he could because “it’s nice to meet and be around other car owners” that show off their cars.
Other drivers at the event have been around car shows for most of their lives.
“I’ve only been participating in car shows myself for about five years, but my dad did them was I was young, so I have always been around them,” Cody Griffiths said.
Griffiths brought his Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to the show. “I have been interested in cars ever since I was young.”
Event organizer Jose Lugo said he was really pleased with the turnout at the show.
“This is always the biggest crowd of the year since it is our first show of the year,” he said. “We started at 9 a.m. this morning and by 9:15 a.m. we were already at full capacity.”
Lugo said he hopes the car shows will continue to draw crowds and support local businesses in the area.
“We originally started doing this here because sometimes this shopping center would be almost dead on the weekends, and now the businesses are full when we do this,” he said. “I really think this helps support the local economy.”
The Coffee n’ Cars event is held the last Sunday of the month at the Coffee Beanery at 2408 S. Clear Creek Road.
Next month’s event is scheduled for Feb. 25, weather permitting.