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CARS AND COFFEE FINDS A HOME – A NICE HOME! – AT COTA

Next Cars and Coffee at COTA set for Sunday, June 17TH

Circuit of the Americas offered plenty to see, hear, and do – besides Cars and Coffee – last Sunday, May 20th. Once again, it was easy to see why this is one of the world’s premier sports venues. And I almost didn’t go…

Leaving Austin, it appeared that a wicked line of thunderstorms was just about to dampen my day – and probably the grounds and parking lots out at COTA, as well. In fact, rain was already splattering on my windshield and I was still miles from the track. At that point, I almost turned around and headed back home.

But it’s a good thing I didn’t; somehow the thunderstorms never reached COTA, although I did receive multiple text messages from Austin Energy, that the power at my house in Austin had been knocked out and would remain out.

Meanwhile, out at COTA the Cars and Coffee get-together was HUGE. Parking lot “A”, where the various Owners Clubs had staked out territory for themselves, was nearing capacity.

Mazda, Mustang, Chevrolet, Nissan, and many more brands – think Tesla and Ferrari – had cars displayed, both stock and modified. In addition, several local dealerships had made the trek out to COTA, set up canopies and display tables, and even had personnel there to answer any questions. All the while, spectators and participants alike were treated to the sounds of hot laps being run on the racetrack behind them. And the Kart Track was open and operating, for anyone interested in karting – tickets could be purchased in the Main Grandstand.

Several food trailers offered a variety of specialties, as well as plenty of picnic tables to sit at and enjoy your food. The gift shop was open as well, selling Circuit of the Americas souvenir shirts, hats, and other miscellany. And the Main Grandstand, always an imposing sight, beckoned more than a few people, allowing great views of the start/finish line and the cars hot-lapping the Track.

The Audi Driving Experience was there, offering hot laps and not-so-hot laps, in their cars. And as if on cue, the rumbling sounds of hot rods and their engines broke out periodically from the ranks of the car clubs – tuned exhausts and straight exhausts.

People even brought their dogs,and set up their sun umbrellas next to their folding chairs, just in case the sun popped out. Friends huddled with old friends and new friends alike. Hoods were propped up, and heads were buried down in engine bays. Everyone, it seems, was having a great time, enjoying everything.

No one was complaining because the sun wasn’t out. Understandable, since we’ve been baking in hot and sunny mid-90 degree days for several weeks now. A cool, cloudy 70-degree day was the perfect antidote for that.

Next month’s Cars and Coffee at COTA is set for Sunday, June 17th, (8am-12 noon). And Sunday, June 17th also happens to be Fathers Day. So, think about grabbing the old man and starting Fathers Day out at COTA. Take a walk among the vintage and – in some cases – not-so-vintage cars. Buy your dad a breakfast taco, some hot coffee, and enjoy a little rolling history.

Cars and Coffee at COTA is free, although parking in Lot “A”, where the cars are on display, is $5. But there is other parking available at no charge. We chose to park for free in Lot B and just wander over. Easy Peasey! (As in – you know – uh, Alan Pease.)

Alan Pease

Alan Pease is our Central Texas correspondent, covering city, county and state government, as well as all that's taking place at the Circuit of the Americas. Alan is a long time automotive and motorcycle industry professional, and covered the approval, development and opening of the Circuit of the Americas for Autoweek magazine. Prior to writing for Autoweek and txGarage Alan designed and executed over 350 individual press introductions, drive routes, and ride-and-drive events for BMW cars, BMW Motorcycles, MINI Cooper, Aston Martin, Jaguar Cars, and several General Motors divisions. Press introductions took him across the entire United States (including Alaska), as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. Alan also raced in the Inaugural Iron Butt Rallye, riding as a Factory Rider for BMW Motorcycles. He finished the 10 day, 10,000 mile solo rider race tied for 1st place. He lives in Austin, Texas, and can be reached by email at contactalanpease@gmail.com .

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