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Cars and Coffee Irvine and
The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center

In May we had a single event that covered two venues; first we visited Cars and Coffee Irvine followed by a trip to The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. In general, a trip to either of these two places is fun. Visiting both on the same day is extraordinarily entertaining.

Cars and Coffee Irvine
For those that have never been to Cars and Coffee Irvine, you really are missing a great time. Every Saturday, for two hours, a parking lot is converted into "car nirvana". The concept is simple; it's a Saturday morning gathering where hundreds of specialty car owners congregate to kick tires and have a cup of coffee. However, it's much bigger than that. Focusing on the words "hundreds of specialty cars" brings it a little closer to the actual experience, but you have to be there.

The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center
The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center is THE place for owners, collectors, and Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. In addition to meticulously restoring and selling classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the Classic Center offers appraisals and provides Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts. Like the Cars and Coffee Irvine description, those are just words. The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center is THE place. Period. End of sentence, close the book. If you've never taken a tour, don't miss your next opportunity.

Here are some photos from the day. For those who didn't attend, the photographs will give you an idea of what to expect when you do visit these venues. Those that attended will smile broadly as they relive the moment.

The fun begins as soon as one is parked. Although finding a spot can be a challenge.

This corner was filled with fine German machinery

An SEC and a 500E

and two more E Series flagships

A Brabus equipped 6.5 liter E-Class

Two W-210s and an SEC

Early and late, next to late and early: An E500 next to a 500E, and a Ford GT next to a GT40

No doubt heading over to the Classic Center

Speaking of the Classic Center, our hosts

A rear engine Cabrio Limousine

A pure race car, next to a car that people race to see.

Wall-to-wall classics stacked two-deep.

Extraordinary woodwork

Pointing out the details of an early racer

Two in the corner. . . . . .

. . . . . . and one on the side.

"Wings Up"

Before ending, a special thanks should be given to the good folks at The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center
who took time away from their weekend to give us a tour.

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