duPont REGISTRY Cars & Coffee: July 2019

By Andrew Nabors

For the first half of the year, Florida weather is unpredictable. Now that we’re approaching Autumn, it rains every day between 4 to 6 pm. That means you must have your fun early in the day. Such was the case as our Cars & Coffee show was standing room only. We also took the opportunity at the event to debut our new August 2019 issue, featuring the BRABUS 700 Widestar.

FORCE Customs is a new division of Ferman Chrysler Dodge Jeep, and they showed up early with several wild new Wrangler JL Unlimiteds and an impressive Jeep Gladiator. Ferrari of Tampa Bay arrived top-down in a new Portofino and explained to the crowd how it is the perfect daily driver

Dimmitt Auto Group blessed us with many McLarens and an Aston Martin DB11 Volante. They are only 2 miles down the road, and their Cars & Coffee After Party is another great car show that starts around 10 am. If you haven’t been, you are truly missing out. A new local coffee company wanted to build brand awareness, so Made Coffee was giving away free samples of their canned cold brew.

Hot coffee and breakfast treats were sold by The Banyan Odessey. They are a local non-profit that is raising money to build a fun & safe living environment for developmental & intellectual handicapable adults. Based in Largo, Florida their cause is truly one of love for people overlooked by the system.

It was a light rain Friday night, so many of the fastest cars in Tampa Bay arrived. A legion of Pro-Street classics could be heard for miles, and Japan was well represented by a Subaru club. Corvettes have and probably will remain the most in attendance, but we also had a new Grigio Ferrari 812 Superfast along with a 488 Pista. One crowd favorite was a 1946 Chevy truck powered by an LS3 late-model crate engine. An early 60’s Cadillac Hearse made for a somber statement, while modified Jeeps were not afraid of taking the high ground.

I was on guard duty inside and witnessed our showroom filled to capacity. Certainly, a record crowd came inside to cool down. That being said, please leave your dogs and/or other pets at home. Anticipation for our Davis Islands event is already building. This year we’re expecting another wild crowd, so mark your calendars for October 19th. In the meantime, tell us which car you like the most and we’ll see you next month!

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