Just like every other third Saturday of the month, I rose from the dead at 5:30 a.m.
I hopped in my car, made the mandatory stop at Dunkin’ Donuts, and met my friends at DuPont Registry long before the sun had managed to climb over the horizon.
Of course, as my luck would have it, this was the first Cars and Coffee event I would have to cut short, since I was scheduled to be at work by 8:00 a.m. This was also, by far, one of the best turnouts I have ever seen there.
Between the rows of Porsches, BMWs, Lamborghinis and full-blown race cars, a bright blue paint job caught my eye. The car in question? A Liberty Walk GT-R.
Based in Aichi, Japan, Liberty Walk offers wide-body kits for exotics and supercars such as the Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Aventador and Nissan GT-R. Having never before seeing one of their kits in person, I couldn’t help but run toward it. In hindsight, this was one of the three most interesting cars at the event.
Next up? The Porsche Carrera GT. An iconic part of Porsche history, infamously known for taking the lives of actor Paul Walker and racer car driver Roger Rodas, the Carrera GT is valued at somewhere north of $600,000. Powered by a 5.7L V10, the car can reach speeds of up to 205 miles per hour. Only 1,270 were made, and only 7 percent of them were yellow.
Regardless of anything else present, the Lexus LFA stole the show. Between the praise it received from Jeremy Clarkson, host of the now cancelled BBC show Top Gear, and the car’s overall rarity (only 500 were produced), this car has been seen as one of, if not the best Japanese supercar ever produced. Wondering how brutal the car is? One killed Toyota’s Chief Engineer and Test driver, Hiromu Naruse, while he was behind the wheel of it in Germany.
Regardless of the limited time I had to spend at Cars and Coffee this week, quality certainly outweighed quantity this time around. As someone that has been an enthusiast for quite some time now, it’s a rare occasion that I’m able to check three major milestones off my automotive bucket list.
See below for bonus footage of the LFA!