Thursday, July 9, 2015

Come Join DT This Weekend at Coffee & Cars with Pelican Parts

Nothing better to do this Saturday morning than gawk at other people's cars? Yeah, us neither. That's why we'll be heading down to the 2nd-ever Coffee & Cars with Pelican Parts, a low-stress gathering of SoCal's finest Euro Trash. Come join us, have a brew (of the hot caffeinated morning variety), let us gawk at your cars, and you can make fun of ours.

This show is a spiritual successor to Cars & Coffee, which was held just about every Saturday morning in the parking lot of Mazda's North American headquarters. You could almost hear Dave Coleman cursing at his FrankenMiata from there, but it was always a great smattering of classics, exotics, overpriced modern classics, and our favorite: depreciated performance cars and kooky forgotten imports.

For Pelican's show this Saturday, the extended DT family will be rolling out in full force. Look for the DTM5, our old Volvo 242, and maybe even the Schmetterling (BMW 2002) and Vince's Draken (Saab 99 EMS).

Our old buddy Dan will be bringing his thoroughly worked over (and heavily "breathed on"...wait, that just sounds kinda creepy) E36 M3 - that is, if he can reassemble it in time for the show. This particular car is a '95 with no sunroof, and has been through a full and recent engine build by TruSpeed Motorsports. The original S50 was bored and stroked to 3.2 liters, given a valvetrain upgrade, intake, exhaust, yada yada. It sits on Bilstein PSS9 coilovers and Volk TE37s. And yes, of course - it's for sale.

If you're interested in Dan's M3, come check it out in person, or email us at

If you see us (or any of our DT mobiles) at the show, feel free to say hi and solicit us for freebies. Hey, there should be some old stickers around here somewhere [rummages under piles of used brake rotors and blown-up Kawasaki motorcycle engines]...

Details about the show are below or here on Pelican's facebook event page.

When: Saturday, July 11 2015, 7:00 AM

Where:  Promenade on the Peninsula
Upper deck parking area on the south side by Starbucks.
550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 101
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274


  1. Is there a more apt description of Southern California than "Promenade on the Peninsula, Upper deck parking area on the south side by Starbucks"? I looked up the town, and the largest employers include a high-end gym, a high-end grocer, and a country club.

    Sorry -- it does look like a nice event; it's too bad it's not as common here in the North East. Wait... 7am start time? I know you need to beat the mall walkers, but that's brutal.

    1. It does sound pretty ridiculous and stereotypically So-Cal. The reality is that this is on top of a mall parking structure. Palos Verdes peninsula is the South Bay's equivalent to Beverly Hills, the Hamptons, Coto de Caza, etc. Porsches in every driveway, desperate housewives, ungrateful kids sulking around with heads buried in their iPhones.

      The real action in the South Bay happens down here at ground level (it's the west coast's center for automotive and aerospace industry - Toyota, Honda, Tesla, Edelbrock, Garrett Turbos, SpaceX, Boeing, NorthropGrumman, Raytheon...etc etc). The show location is only a few miles up the hill from us but light years away in terms of demographic and lifestyle.

    2. Don't forget the Palos Verdes stay-at-home pilates moms that split their time between aerobics classes, paleo diet meetups, whole foods shopping trips, and taking their accessory pooches to the dog cappuccino stand.

    3. Also don't forget all the complaining they do about the peacock epidemic. They are all over PV. Peacocks! It must be so terribly rough to live there and have to deal with this...

      "...many residents now view them as a terrible nuisance"

      “We had the car scratched, you can’t park your car under our tree – it’ll be white with poop.”

      "...the patience of many residents is wearing thin"

      "the situation has turned violent"

  2. How's the turn out? There's another Cars & Coffee event deep in the OC, which is a bit too far for people in LA.

    1. We'll have to see about this one. A friend of mine went to the first show and said it was pretty decent. Apparently there's a pent-up demand for someplace to hang out and talk about cars at 7AM on a Saturday.

  3. Just went to last week's C&C in Aliso Viejo and had a great time. Nice turn-out.

  4. Say hi to Jake, a former ohio 928 guy. Runs an "old boy" no spoilers. Built the motor himself, 5.0 bottom with euro 16 valve heads. 300 rwhp. Nice upgrade from the stock 240 crank hp. It's black with a tan leather by Paul Champagne (the best in the 928 biz) interior. A very clean ride with a true motorhead driver. Got a pimp shot in the video reveiw of the last C & C.

  5. So how was it? Are we going to see a post?

  6. Can we solicit you guys for freebies anyway? I'm a sucker for freebies but it would take roughly 31 hours (without stopping) to get there,haha.


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