Gears and Grinds: Cars and Coffee Vegas Style

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I was looking forward to drawing parallels to our own local gatherings on a trip earlier this year to Gears and Grinds, a Cars and Coffee style event held just outside Las Vegas.  Visiting on recommendation of friend, RMS member and on this particular day, chauffeur, Patrick McCullagh (Nazor on the forum), expectations were blown out of the water as. upon arrival. a Pagani Huayra Roadster was being unfurled in its carbon clad glory.    For reference this Italian hand-built hypercar prices circa £3m, and I don’t even know if I’m rounding up or down.

I of course had come for the Americana.  Why else would you travel 6000 miles, and I wasn’t disappointed.  There is a vibrant import scene at home for vehicles with the steering column on the wrong side of the transmission tunnel.  This cool two tone Dodge Challenger is case in point.

This is of course an eclectic event; isn’t that the best thing about Cars and Coffee.  No pressure, so everything comes out to play, and that means plenty of modified and exotic ‘European’ cars with which we are much more familiar.  That being said, its the small differences like orange marker lights that federalisation imposes on manufacturers to bring cars into the US that give that USDM feel.  

Everyone has their favourites, and I couldn’t take my eyes off this fish-out-of-water Group N Impreza.  I chatted with owner, Pete, in the video below about this car, used by the likes of Colin McRae and other rally stars in the 90s before making its way into the US.   Pete has competed in Rally America in this car, yet kept it to a high standard as well as bringing it along to car meets in Vegas so other enthusiasts get to experience something totally unique.

Gears and Grinds normally meets the first and third Sunday of the month at the Baguette Cafe about 10 minutes from the strip.  I’d highly recommend adding it to your tinerary if stateside.  See more at www.facebook.com/GearsandGrindsVegas

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

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Jbridges522 replied at 11:40, Wed 24 Aug, 2022
Not exactly the same level but Down Royale has really left a hole for a decent regular cars and coffee style thing up here.
cauld1 replied at 16:14, Wed 24 Aug, 2022
| Not exactly the same level but Down Royale has really left a hole for a decent regular cars and coffee style thing up here.
It has indeed, though the shine wore off a bit when it started to get really busy imo.
Cro replied at 17:27, Wed 24 Aug, 2022
Sorry ours wasn’t up to your standards lads ?
Jbridges522 replied at 17:51, Wed 24 Aug, 2022
| It has indeed, though the shine wore off a bit when it started to get really busy imo.
Its that busy point when the towneys dont yet show up thats the best. | Sorry ours wasn’t up to your standards lads ?
?? private ones like that are 100% the best for a chat but needs to be a public one to get the cars ud never otherwise see. Tbf thought I think being public would ruin what you’ve got with the rms one. So you need to run 2 basically ?
cauld1 replied at 18:05, Wed 24 Aug, 2022
| Its that busy point when the towneys dont yet show up thats the best.
Within reason. The first few ones were great and had a lovely relaxed feel. Once you mix in people desperate for photos of their car and owners clubs (eughh) it loses that I think!
Chris100 replied at 18:36, Wed 24 Aug, 2022
I was in LA back in May, took a drive over the Angeles crest highway and happened upon a meet. Wasn’t even organised, but blew anything I’ve ever been to here out of the water. The location probably had a good part to play in it, the local retail carpark doesn’t really do it for me. Been to a few organised events in Florida, pretty epic to be fair. The only thing similar I have been closer to home is Caffeine & Machine, which to be fair is awesome. Cars in attendance, venue setup and location, atmosphere just epic. Blackheath has the potential for something similar to Caffeine & Machine.
cauld1 replied at 18:50, Wed 24 Aug, 2022
Except, with Caffeine and Machine it's an everyone welcome approach no matter who they are, their age, what the car is, standard, modified, cheap, expensive etc. I've landed in there with my 5 series and the guys in the likes of lambos etc are round it asking questions, proper enthusiasts rather than posers though I guess! Is the Blackheath one like that? I do sort of get it as the whole diffing and diesel crowd are utter cretins who would likely ruin events leaving them. Best C&C type thing I've been to recently was the pre-meet the night before the Rollhard show at Bicester Heritage. Pizza, beer for people not driving, nice people. It was brilliant, as was the show itself. It's a shame as there are a lot of historically important and very interesting cars in NI that rarely see public events.
Chris100 replied at 19:30, Wed 24 Aug, 2022
| Except, with Caffeine and Machine it's an everyone welcome approach no matter who they are, their age, what the car is, standard, modified, cheap, expensive etc. I've landed in there with my 5 series and the guys in the likes of lambos etc are round it asking questions, proper enthusiasts rather than posers though I guess! Is the Blackheath one like that? I do sort of get it as the whole diffing and diesel crowd are utter cretins who would likely ruin events leaving them. Best C&C type thing I've been to recently was the pre-meet the night before the Rollhard show at Bicester Heritage. Pizza, beer for people not driving, nice people. It was brilliant, as was the show itself. It's a shame as there are a lot of historically important and very interesting cars in NI that rarely see public events.
I totally agree everything from Hypercars to classic hot hatches. The difference as you say is the people, true petrolheads. Not inbred assholes with some car that should be scrapped. I can appreciate any car that you can tell someone has taken pride in, regardless of the cost. I have only been to Blackheath once, there were a reasonable mix of cars. Modern to classic Porsches, BMWs from the 90s up and a lot of stuff in between. It’s private property, so anyone acting the dick will be ejected and not allowed back, impossible to do that when these other C&C events tend to be in public car parks.
Cooper replied at 19:33, Wed 24 Aug, 2022
Plenty of variety at all stuff mentioned, including Gears and Grinds. This wee stripped Starlet was awesome. Bring what you have, sure is that not the whole thing about C&C? 372954



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