This past Saturday began early for me, attending the Cars & Coffee event at Dimmit Automotive Group for the first time. For those who don’t know Dimmit, this is the local luxury automotive dealership which specializes in high end brands including McLaren, Aston-Martin, Cadillac, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley. Since I’d never been to Dimmit before, I decided to take a look around at some of the cars that they sold. The first cars that got my attention was a selection of McLarens throughout the property, mostly in the form of the 570S and a few of the 650S Spyders. The designs of these are really starting to grown on me. As with many new cars today, seeing them in person helps.
The McLaren Orange really flatters the design on the 650S, providing more of a visual pop than the more subdued shades of black, white, and metallic grey.
Aston-Martin Rapide S
“Hello, PepBoys? Do you have a hitch for an Aston-Martin Rapide S? Yes, I can hold…”
Aston-Martin Vanquish S Volante
This white Vanquish S Volante, parked in the showroom was a real looker. It had a black interior with white stitching.
Bentley Continental GT Speed
Around the corner were these special cars including a matte white Bentley Continental GT Speed (whose W12 engine will take you up to 205mph), Ferrari 458 Spyder, McLaren 650S Spider, and BMW i8.
Bentley Continental GT V8 S
Beautiful blue Bentley Continental GT V8 S (quite a mouthful) was standing guard outside the dealership.
Godzilla and the new Civic Type-R
The turnout outside was on the small side for this cars and coffee, but that’s understandable considering the July Florida heat and humidity. Most attendees seemed to be checking out a new Honda Civic Type-R which had shown up, along with an old R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R.
Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
Being a former Mitsubishi owner, this second generation Eclipse got my attention. It’s a GSX, the all wheel driven turbo Eclipse with some nice subtle upgrades along with what appears to possibly be Camaro wheels. The banner above the windshield read “Cabrón Garage” or basically “badass garage” in Spanish.
The random GT3-RS and GT3 rolled up as well. If only a Cayman GT4 had shown up, it would have been like Porsche’s current greatest hits.
Callaway C7 Corvette
Martini Racing liveried Porsche GT3
There were a few cars marked as having taken part in the Corsa America Rally, including this Martini Racing liveried Porsche GT3 and the Callaway C7 Corvette seen above. The yellow McLaren 570S below also had a banner on its windshield from the rally.
Which would you rather daily drive? F430, Corvette, or 570S?
Induction Performance R35 GTR
From what I’ve found searching on the internet, “Induction Performance” is a local performance shop in Tampa, Florida. This R35 GTR seemed to have one of the AMS Performance Alpha upgrade packages installed.
Mercedes SLS AMG
1956 Volkswagen Beetle
Sometimes it’s fun to put the fast cars aside and check out an old air-cooled Beetle. This one was plated as a 1956 example and was wearing chrome Porsche Fuch wheels. It had a sticker on each side window that read “Sniff but don’t Scratch. Please do not touch.” Peering down into the interior, a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel can be seen.
Down in the Service Lot…
Parked off to the side in the service lot was this old Turbo-R. These were the big deal back in the mid-’80s to late-’90s. I know my friend Kelly likes these, so I had to get a few shots of it, even if it wasn’t part of the event. They’re a pretty rare sight these days, but then again what Bentley aren’t?
So, this was the first cars & coffee I’d been to in a while. Honestly most of last year I was trying to get moving again, but later realized I was just really burned out after graduation. I feel like I’m finally coming out of that and am seeking client cars to photograph. This was my first venture out towards that in a little while. It was pretty quiet, but that was okay. It gave me a good opportunity to flex my Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop skills in retouching these images. I hope you all enjoy looking through them as much as I enjoyed creating them. I’ll be back with another post very soon. Take care until then.
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All images © 2017 Bryce Womeldurf