Informal Danville Coffee and Cars

My office is just a short 5 minute walk from this location and I drive by it when I head to my office. I noticed older cars gathering here in front of Bagel Street Cafe in early 2021. Whether it started in 2020 I don’t know but I know it was a reaction to Covid and the desire to get out.

As you can see there are a lot of trees with the morning sun peaking through. I’m not sure when it starts but 8:30 am would be a good guess. All cars are gone by 11:00 am. I had walked through several times without a camera and had never brought one of my cars down since this is on Friday. I am not thrilled driving one of my classics home in heavy Friday traffic and take the risk someone is stupid. Already went through that which is another story. So you can say I am gun shy. Eventually I brought one car down and guess what? I was the only car there at 10:00 am. What? Turns out the property manager wasn’t too keen on all this after 16 months and said no more. Apparently lasted two weeks, in June, only after the manager calling around and finding out no one was in charge as this was just people showing up. Grapevine so to speak.

The crowd is heavily older as in mostly over 70, and retired,  with a smattering of those between 30-50 years old. All kinds of cars from Model A and up to very new Porsches and an Italian thrown in. Those bookoo buck cars don’t really interest me. So I play favorites and shoot what I like and what I can if I can get a clear shot.

The 1973 Mustang Mach 1 is the first car I shot and talked with the owner. He is the original owner and the car is definitely a Curbside Classic driver as you can see.  This was a month ago but I saw him this past Friday, the 15th as I drove in with my Dodge. He’s got slot mags just like my Cougar. Wow, good taste.

This caught my attention and I just had to rib him about it as this is something one doesn’t see too often stashed in front.

On to other cars and some I am making my best guess as to their year. I think I run from oldest to newest. So here are two Models A’s right out in front of the coffee and bagel shop.

Next, and I’ll be honest, I have no idea what the car is but I know it is in the 30’s. Looks to be chopped. I’m making a guess here, 1934 Ford? At least the body is. The only reason I shot a car, like this, is because I loved the purple. Talk about color!

I believe this is a 1948 Buick Special here. The black car, again a guess, it is a Ford out of the early 40’s perhaps?

Next we have this 1950 Packard at least I am pretty sure of that.

This 1950, I could read the plate, Olds 88 was a true hot rod. Not over done at all but those rear tires clearly meant business if you saw them back in the day. The owner definitely over 70.

What is one of these shows, with an older crowd, without a British roadster? Well there were two today. A 1952 MG Roadster and a Morgan Roadster. I don’t know the exact year of the Morgan, and since I didn’t pay attention when I shot it, I had to go looking for what it was. What helped me was when I googled British marquis and then I saw the right one. I saw the Morgan owner drive away and he would fit the bill of a proper English gentleman.

Into the 60’s which would be, given the crowd, the most common decade represented here. So we have a 1960 F-100 Box Style which I rarely see anywhere at all compared to a once in awhile view of a Slick.

Also extremely rare we have a 1963 Ford Econoline Pickup.

What are one of these gatherings without a Corvette. Thankfully there are never more than four which is refreshing. The same goes for another marque. Here I forgot about the rd Corvette which is out of time sequence. Oh well. There happens to be, I assume, an unfinished BMW 2002. Lurking in the background is what? Get their late, lots of cars this Friday, and park on the outer edges. Although several people followed me out to there because, as they said, what is this, what year is this, I remember a 73 CHP Polara stopping me, and so on. There were no four door sedans or hardtops there from the 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s. Actually nothing from the 80’s at all.

1965 Stingray I believe.

The other marque that tends to be over represented are Mustangs. I’v never seen more than four and this Friday there were only three. The 73 and two 66’s. Here is a 66 GT with a Bugeye Sprite next to it. Oops, that is a 59 I think?

Also not a lot of Chevy’s at all. Two Corvettes and this 67 Chevelle SS. I harbored a secret love for the 66 and 67. He who has mainly Fords.

A 1967 Barracuda with the fish way in front of the word Barracuda? Couldn’t get a decent shot of the early woody SUV in the background.

A 1967 Continental convertible.

1968 Dodge Dart GTS I assume is real.

1972 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am if I am right. Interestingly no Camaros. In fact I have yet to see one here.

We jump up to 1979 F-150 Dentside I believe.

Last is a 1991 Fleetwood Brougham. I love this particular year of the Fleetwood Brougham. It is another car I would love to get my hands on. Muscle cars are nice so don’t get me wrong, but I get great pleasure in driving the big boats. While driving my 67 Parklane and 73 Polara are different due to engine differences and suspensions they are a lot of fun for me. You just have to try it.

So that is it for now. I don’t know how Paul does it because even this short picture write up took a fair bit of time. I would never have the time during the day when it is light out and things to accomplish. This Saturday, the 23rd, is my West Coast National Cougar show in Brentwood at the Club Presdient’s house. I’d say estate if you can park 100 cars in your yard. Been since 2018 for a meeting due to Covid. I am excited. More pictures of the day as there will be cars from up and down the West Coast.