"Cars and Caffeine" attract local car enthusiasts
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)-- What started as a way to foster car culture within the company of Hagerty Auto Insurance has now turned into a community event. Every Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., local car enthusiasts tune up their classic cars and head to the parking lot behind Hagerty in Traverse City for "Cars and Caffeine"
While cars bring the people, the stories behind the cars make them stay.
“It was just a couple years old (when) my uncle bought it in the early '70's and drove it through high school," said Hagerty Vice-President of Public Relations Jonathan Klinger as he showed off his 1969 AMC Javelin. "What I like about it is the car looks decent, but it’s not so nice that you’re afraid to drive it. There's plenty of nicks and chips in the paint, so if it gets a stone chip or a few bugs on the front who cares?”
“It’s a 1951 Chevy,” said Keith Ashley as he showed off his pride and joy. Ashley has had a love for cars since he was 15. In December of 1952, he came across a beautiful custom car on the cover of "Hot Rod" magazine. Now 65 years later, he recreated that same car for himself.
“It took a long time but we got it,” Ashley said proudly.
“My son in law gave it to me,” said retired pastor Ted Smith, who fixed up his 1966 Sunbeam Alpine after it sat in a barn for 16 years. After he got the car running, he’s been bringing it to "Cars and Caffeine" almost every week since.
“It's fun to look at the cars, but there's a story with everyone and I've been learning as I go,” Smith said.
While some cars might shine more than others, these car enthusiasts firmly believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
“It doesn't matter how old it is, it doesn't matter how valuable it is, if it’s special to you for something we want to see it and hear about it,” Klinger said
"Cars and Caffeine" happens every Friday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. behind Hagerty Auto Insurance at 141 Rivers Edge Dr, Ste 200, Traverse City, MI 49684