Cars & Coffee Shots from 10/25/14

Nothing Beats  High Octane Style Cars & Coffee New Jersey!

4.12.14 High Octane Cars & Coffee NJ Photos

There was a BIG turn out for this weekend's High Octane South Jersey Cars and Coffee. Our friend Mike M. and all star photographer helped capture all the great looking cars and good times.

Please enjoy the shots that we've posted from a group and thanks to everyone who showed up to make High Octane Cars and Coffee NJ Such a HUGE success.

See you next time,

Chris

Its CARS & COFFE NJ!

SATURDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY....

Its Cars & Coffee Mt. Laurel HIGH OCTANE STYLE!

We’re burning rubber towards another throttle down, High Octane Saturday Morning Cars and Coffee in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Get yourself ready for the loudest, fastes...t most fire breathing Cars and Coffee in NJ.

High Octane South Jersey is about the celebration of good times and cubic inches. Check us out this weekend and see what the buzz us about.

WARNING: If you need to plug in before you pull out, ask the wife or worse yet mother-in-law to borrow her car or “get out of the house for a few” you might want to check out another spot. We are real car guys and our Saturday Mornings are ours for the living!

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03.22.14 High Octane Cars & Coffee NJ Car Show Photos

What a great morning. What a super turn out! Thanks to all of our new friends who  filled up on High Octane South Jersey!  We are building one hell of a  community for Cars &  Coffee in NJ and my bet is that we are going to need a bigger parking lot before we know it!

Also, don't forget next weekend we have our Outpost Edition of High Octane South Jersey in Vineland, NJ from 8:30 to 11:00 at: 907 North Main Rd Vineland, NJ

What's In Your Garage?

What’s in your Garage?  It is an open question in our High Octane South Jersey- Cars and Coffee NJ Newsletter. Simply put, we would like to hear from you about what have and / or you are working on?

 This month we have some nice shots and a write up from Steve in Moorestown, NJ gave us some background on his great looking 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe. This is a car you have probably seen at one of High Octane’s Saturday Morning Car Shows and it is one worth checking out!

Here is hoping you enjoy the pictures and the story of how a car can function as a time machine will inspire you to follow your automotive dreams.

Steve Submits this....

I’ve been a car guy ever since I was a teenager.  My father used to take me to all types of car shows, and he too always had an interest in cars.   I remember looking at all of the amazing classic cars, and taking photographs of them, and then wishing someday I might have a beautiful classic myself.  Well, I finally got to realize my dream.

I decided to begin my serious search for a classic car in 2012.  I figured the time was right, both for me, and for the classic car market.  The year had to be 1967, since that is same as my birth year.  I’ve always wanted to own a car the same age as me.  So then I began thinking about what classic car from 1967 I would want to own.  I thought about different muscle cars like the Mustang, the Camaro, and then, the ultimate of all 1967 classic cars…the Corvette Sting Ray!  Coincidentally, the 1967 Corvette is one of the most sought after collector cars of all time.  I originally wanted a big block, because as everyone knows, they are the most valuable of the 67’s.  But after talking with many Corvette experts, they all told me that the small block Vettes make better drivers and have less mechanical problems. 

After many months of searching for a ’67 small block Corvette, I found one on the Internet, a beautiful silver coupe that looked better than the day it rolled off of the assembly line. This particular car was being sold in California, by a classic car restoration specialist who had initially wanted to keep the car for himself.  The car had just gone through a 1½ year meticulous frame off restoration, with no expense spared.  It was completely restored, both mechanically and cosmetically.  The official GM production date of this car was June 1967.  Since the 1967 Corvette production ran through July 1967, this was one of the last ‘67 coupes to be built.  When I saw the pictures of this gorgeous American classic, I knew I had to have it.  I had found the car of my dreams.

Since I bought the car in November 2012, I started taking it to local Cars & Coffee meets, which is where I met the fantastic group of guys now known as High Octane South Jersey.   At these Saturday morning gatherings, we stand around and drool at each other’s cars, while sharing stories about the acquisition of such cars, and the stories behind them.  Late last year, I started showing my Corvette at various classic car shows, where I drove home with trophies from each show.

The nostalgic feeling one gets from driving such an old car is quite amazing.  Most people are used to the comforts of today’s cars, but once you get behind the wheel of a 1967 Corvette, with no air bag or heated steering wheel, and look around the interior, all you see are a few gauges and a radio.  The creature comforts we are all used to just aren’t there.  Turn the key, and hear the roar from the side mounted exhaust pipes, and there’s nothing more beautiful.

I enjoy the satisfaction and happiness others get when asking questions about the car.  I routinely get a “thumbs up” from other drivers on the road and many want me to roll down the window, just to ask about the car.  When I drive the car, I feel like I’m back in time, to the year 1967.  It’s a feeling one just can’t get driving a modern day car.


Owner:  Steve

Location:  Moorestown, NJ

Vehicle:   1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe



Shots from our Southern Outpost - High Octane Vineland

The weather is turning and people are starting to fall in love again with their classic and collector cars. Here are a few early shots from our Vineland New Jersey Cars and Coffee.

As the temperature rises so will the number of awesome cars coming out to share in the good times.

What's In Your Garage?

 What’s in your Garage?  It is an open question in our High Octane South Jersey- Cars and Coffee NJ Newsletter. Simply put, we would like to hear from you about what you are working on?

 This month we have some nice shots and a write up from an organizer of High Octane SJ Cars & Coffee in NJ.  Chris from Cherry Hill, NJ gave us some background on his beautiful 1971 Jaguar E type roadster. The odds are that you have probably seen this beauty at one of High Octane’s Saturday Morning Car Shows.

Here is hoping you enjoy the pictures and the story of a car, an impulse and a dream come true.

 Year:    1971

Make:    Jaguar          

Model:  E Type (Series II OTS)

Length of Ownership:  1 year

 What made you decide you needed a car like this one?

I can’t ever remember not wanting an E-type. There are few cars in the world like it. Style, grace and pace, what more could you ask for?

 What Condition was it in when purchased?

When I found my E-type, it was obvious that the car had never been fully restored. Some might have referred to it as a survivor but I tended to see it more as car that was incredibly well preserved. While it was not a Pebble Beach Car it was clear that the car was faithfully looked after by its previous owners and always kept on the road in strong working order. 

 The Jag had been painted once a dozen or more years back but through a coat of dust it still showed well and was free of any ugly body work or major short comings. Aside from tired rag top and shoddy seats, the car’s biggest strike against it was that its then owner had grown past the age of being able to properly keep things clean and tidy. 

 What have you done/ had done to it?

Detailing the car from top to bottom helped me to take inventory of what I had to work with. The paint has been very carefully brought back to a rich luster and the original rugs and padding have been replaced with a Wilton Wool set and a more modern heat shielding insulation padding. I have also replaced the vinyl top with what I think is a more attractive, more durable German Cloth. 

 Mechanically the Carbs were gone through and the car was given a full tune-up. I have also tackled a host of small, preventive maintenance items. New hoses, all new fluids, plugs, wires and a new starter and rear U joint were also addressed during my first year of ownership.

 Any future plans for the car?

My plan is to drive the E-type a lot. It is an automotive dream come true and driving it gives me a sense of car-bliss. I intend to keep the car for a long, long time. As such, I realize this means staying on top of the systems that enable the car to turn on, turn off and run like the wind.

 Anything you want us to know about this car?

I found this car with a homemade for sale sign in it sitting on the side of the road. I was running to a client meeting but I said hell with it and gave it a look. I was sold. It was literally impossible think straight through my meeting. My original plan for the day was to finish up at my client and head down to Northern Virginia to pick up a 1972 Long Hood  911… But fate can be a funny lady. I never thought twice about leaving the 911 at the alter and running off with one of the most incredible cars ever produced.

 Aside from that, I would want to assure the world, E-types are awesome drivers and no worse to maintain than any other classic. If you have always wanted one get one, you will be glad you did.

 If not this car, what would you own?

That’s easy. Another E- Type, preferably an “Outside Latch” British Racing Green XKE Open Two-Seater or maybe an XK140 roadster.

 Owner Name:

Chris Scafario

Location:

Cherry Hill, NJ

Winter Cars & Coffee in NJ is never a sure thing but here is something that is...

It is as cold as a Siberian Bride Out there.  And Wintertime Cars and Coffee in New Jersey is at the mercy of Mother Nature. As of late, she has been a cruel lady. So while we have no choice but to sit and wait it out until the weather breaks…check out a great tool for tracking classic car prices:

www.collectorcarpricetracker.com 

If enough of a make and model have sold in recent months you can get a great idea of what to buy and sell for.  Happy Hunting! And remember High Octane South Jersey is truly the largest Cars and Coffee Gathering in South Jersey. We hope to see you soon!

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Cars & Coffee New Jersey - Toy Drop 11/09/13

High Octane South Jersey held New Jersey's largest Saturday Morning Cars &Coffee event in recent history!  Sports Cars, Classics and Exotics filled High Octane's Mt. Laurel NJ home for as far as the eye could see.

Enjoy a small sample of the great  cars that came out and made this Cars and Coffee NJ Toy Drop such a success. As always thanks to our all star photographer for documenting High Octane's Cars and Coffee Excitement.

 

 

High Octane Cars and Coffee Photos 8.10.13

High Octane South Jersey had a spectacular Cars and Coffee. We had some new turnouts and started to plan out the fall’s adventures that we love so much. Then, when we had all of the Saturday Morning Cars and Coffee we could stand we spilt our ways to attend other regional automotive enthusiast events.  As always, stay tuned for a lot more to come.

Saturday Morning Cars & Our Journey to Mt. Laurel

Another High Octane Saturday Morning of Cars and Coffee   is right around the corner and unlike the group over at Saturday Morning Cars in Cherry Hill, High Octane is not looking to sell you lunch, collect lot fees or monetize our groups love of cars.  Nor will we give you the weather forecast or talk endlessly about our children’s sports. We just want to have a good time with fellow classic and exotic car owners.   

High Octane is making waves and some folks just don’t like it.  High Octane’s founders are the same guys that helped to make Saturday Morning Cars in Cherry Hill a reality. Over time we got turned off and eventually left because we did not like the concept of SMC as a business. We own and love our classic and exotic cars because they help us forget about the day to day.  As such we were no longer willing to let someone’s business objectives taint our pure and simple passion for cars and the good times that can be had at a Cars and Coffee event.

High Octane South Jersey is about bringing real car guys and their cars together to have some fun and give back to our community. That is what we felt was missing when we were involved with Saturday Morning Cars at Cherry Hill and that is why our group split and has decided to take this Journey.

In the event that you might have missed us, be sure to check High Octane’s Saturday Morning Cars & Coffee on the second and fourth Saturday mornings of every month.  As summer turns into fall we will be hosting several charitable events and some spirited drives and outstanding social activities.  To learn more click here

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