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The special theme and featured exhibit for our first “pop-up” Concours d’Caffeine will be an exhibit of Connecticut’s significant role in automotive history in the US as well as the role Saugatuck played in this history. (In 1905, the Saugatuck-based Toquet Motor Car and Construction Company, a manufacturer of automotive parts, built a few 5-seater touring cars.) We have invited a dozen examples of classic vehicles designed and/or manufactured in Connecticut. From the classic Pope Hartford, to the exciting Bridgeport Locomobiles and classic Trumbulls to the more recent Fitch Phoenix and Sprint and especially the Cunningham C3, designed by Briggs Cunningham, a race car driver and sportsman from Westport.
We had more than 250 owners bring their vehicles to our first Cars & Coffee event. We had several marque clubs come and had them park as groups within the field. We had quite a range of vehicles - from classics to sports cars to Dune Buggies and more. The morning started out overcast, but became bright and sunny by 9am.
When the Concours has concluded at approximately 11:30am, those owners who have registered for our Sunday tour will depart, following a route designed by Rich and Jean Taylor of Vintage Rallies, Inc. of Sharon, CT., meandering through lower Fairfield County to an intermediate stop at the Collector's Car Garage in Bedford, NY and then to the Redding Roadhouse, where the drivers and their passengers enjoyed a special lunch the Roadhouse prepared for us. Participants in the tour received a commemorative license plate and a gift bag from Hagerty Insurance and other sponsors.