Our second meet of the season was completely packed as we filled every parking space, parking lot, side street, cul-de-sac and even some grassy areas with cars!
Thanks to our hosts from ESOTERIC, we were also treated to a sensational display of McLarens inside the shop, including a 570S, and THREE formidable 720S examples.
The cars on display outside were equally impressive. We loved the Ford GT Heritage Edition, Camaro ZL1 1LE, a brand new 700hp Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Ferrari 812 Superfast, Acura NSX, Lamborghini Aventador S, a few R8s, and much more.
We appreciate everyone for bringing their cars out on a chilly April morning!
To learn more about ESOTERIC and their legendary detailing services, car care products, and accessories, visit their website here.
Our event, Supercar Saturday, planned for Saturday, April 14th at Columbus Country Club has been postponed. We will add it back to the schedule for a future date.
If there has been a more fitting time for a Bugatti Veyron GrandSport worth over $2 million to pull into one of our meets, we're not sure what it would be. The first meet of the tenth season set the tone for this year with a staggering display of cars, including the W16-powered beast!
Thanks again to Nationwide, Huntington, Byers Imports, and ESOTERIC for supporting our season. We could not do it without them. Be sure to check out the Byers Collection inventory here!
Photo by Noah Stein/RPM Imaging
A note from Paul Milligan, Founder of Columbus Cars and Coffee
Welcome back to Columbus Cars and Coffee!
It's hard to believe, but this will be our tenth season! Many of you have been coming since the early days (remember Bob Evans and the Belmont Building?) and we're excited to welcome all of the of newcomers as well. As Columbus grows by around 50 people per day, we're one of the first places new residents look for car shows and to meet new people in the automotive community.
We have a great schedule this season. It all starts at 10AM on Saturday, March 31 at Whitehall Community Park (directly across from Byers Imports) with our first meet of Season 10! We will add more to the schedule as the season progresses, so check back regularly.
It is my privilege to welcome back our friends from Nationwide, Huntington, Byers Imports, and ESOTERIC Fine Auto Finishing. These incredible companies make everything possible for us and we can't thank them enough for their support. Please support the companies which support our season!
A highlight for me will be the second year of Exotics on Scioto Mile. Last year, we created a whole new experience in Columbus and thousands of people came to see our display on the Rich Street Bridge. This year, we're building on that success with expanded street closures to display more cars, as well as new elements and surprises which we think you will love. We have already seen an overwhelming response, with more than 11,000 people indicating interest in attending Exotics on Scioto Mile on Facebook alone. If you have not registered your car for the bridge, you can do so at ExoticsOnSciotoMile.com. We will be accepting registrations throughout March and April. We have not formally accepted any cars for the show yet, but we will begin doing so soon.
You may notice that there is no Season Opener Party on the schedule. After a legendary 8-year run, I decided that it was time to retire this event. This was a difficult decision because of the popularity of the party. I know how much everyone looked forward to the location announcement every year. From the first party in Season 2 at BoMA (now Bluestone), and on to Fleur, Lane Aviation, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Creative Mobile Interiors, Franklin Park Conservatory, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Columbus Zoo Africa Event Center, we made some amazing memories together. However, between our other plans for the season, my personal schedule (I'm getting married this year!), and my focus on building the next ten seasons of Columbus Cars and Coffee, the decision was made to discontinue the party. This is not to say we will not celebrate our tenth season! Stay tuned for more to come.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who support us throughout the year. There are many volunteers, photographers, vendors, police officers, dealership employees, and others who work behind the scenes to make it all work. For example, Renner Imaging recently provided new photos for this website. Thank you!
There will be a lot going on in the coming weeks and months. I'm so excited to share another season with all of you. Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and dedication to this community. I'll see you at the first meet!
Paul Milligan, Founder
Columbus Cars and Coffee
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Photo by Overdrive Photo
We're sending our best wishes for a year of health, happiness, and horsepower! This will be a milestone year for us (our tenth season!) and we can't wait to share it with all of you.
As always, winter is our time to plan for the next season, so we are currently working on great monthly meets, Exotics on Scioto Mile 2018, the biggest Arena District meet yet, and much more. Tentatively, we're planning to open the season with a meet on Saturday, March 24. We will post details once they're confirmed. Our plan is to post the full season schedule toward the end of January.
In the mean time, in between visits to the garage to stare longingly at your car, be sure to follow our posts on Instagram, subscribe to our e-mail list, and check this website frequently. You can expect Season 10 news posts to pick up over the next few weeks!
Happy New Year!
Paul and the CC&C Crew
Our biggest season ever concluded on Saturday, October 21 with the Season 9 Finale hosted by Byers Imports at Whitehall Community Park. This was one of our strongest turnouts, hundreds of people from across Ohio (and beyond?) came to close out the year.
Around 11:00, we made the decision to close our entrance to stop the constant flow of cars pouring into the lot. We were running out of spaces and it was clear that we would have a traffic jam to untangle if we added any more cars. Thanks to the Whitehall Police Department for their assistance with managing traffic and keeping everything organized. If you were one of the many people who couldn't access the lot, we're sorry it worked out that way. We're looking at how to manage bigger crowds next season.
This meet was among the best we have seen; the quality and diversity of the cars on display was second to none and the size of the crowd underscored the strength of the automotive community in Ohio.
As we reflect on this meet and our ninth season, we have to thank the companies which have helped us get here. Nationwide, Huntington, Byers Imports, ESOTERIC, Diamond Cellar, and Honda. These companies make it possible to keep these events going. They provide insight, manpower, financial support, and help us create new experiences like Exotics on Scioto Mile. We can't thank them enough. Please support these great companies!
Season 10 promises to be another leap forward for Columbus Cars and Coffee. Our plans will be announced in early 2018, but we intend to mark our tenth season with a phenomenal series of meets, drives, parties, and more. Stay tuned to our website and e-mail list for details!
In Central Ohio, we're fortunate to have Honda of America Manufacturing right up the road in Marysville. In addition to building some of the greatest "everyday" cars on the road, they also created the venerable Acura NSX, which is built at their Performance Manufacturing Center right here in Ohio.
For the second year in a row, our friends at Honda opened the doors to their Honda Heritage Center for a special event with us. Part Cars and Coffee meet, part museum tour, part technical presentation, this event is always a favorite for our group, especially the Honda/Acura fans among us.
This year, we were treated to a display of NSX cars, both first and second generation, including the Pikes Peak car and a specially built hand controlled racing version! In the lawn, Honda displayed one of every generation of Accord ever built, including the all-new version which just debuted recently. Inside, a fascinating presentation about Honda's R&D efforts was given, including videos from inside their wind tunnel, design studio, and even crash simulations.
Thanks to Honda for hosting this fantastic experience! We appreciate their hospitality and willingness to share what they're all about with Columbus Cars and Coffee.
Thanks also to Will Motivation for providing the coffee for this event. Visit to his YouTube channel here.
This month, we tried a new location; the Whitehall Community Park across from Byers Imports. We were looking for an open layout and more parking capacity and this lot turned out to be a great fit!
Thanks to our friends at Byers Imports and The Byers Collection for hosting yet another spectacular cars and coffee! We couldn't do it without them! Additionally, we want to thank the City of Whitehall for making this space available to us.
The turnout this morning was spectacular. While we didn't count cars (we will do so next time), we're guessing there were 400 present today. Take a look at a few below, and peruse our Instagram account for more photos daily.
A quick update on the Columbus Cars and Coffee FlexFit hats; we sold out of them today and we won't have any more in stock for at least a few weeks! Thanks to everyone who has purchased one so far. We enjoyed seeing so many of them today!
Lastly, don't forget to register for the Honda Heritage Center event on September 23. Honda has put together a really nice display of cars and opened the doors to the Heritage Center for the second year in a row. We can't wait to see what they have in store! To sign up at no cost, click here.
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