As is often the case with a Concours event, the day before the judged show (invariably a Sunday), there is an informal Cars & Coffee event, allowing people with "special interest autos" the chance to show off their pride and joys, have a coffee and doughnut, and chat with other owners before driving off before lunch. Typically, there are lots of late model sports cars (including Corvettes, of course) but many vintage cars as well. At the Radnor Hunt Saturdays feature the Chester County Road Rally. This was supposed to start at 8:00 am, and the Cars & Coffee at 8:30, but there was a whole heap of confusion this year and the rally did not seem to really get going until closer to 10:30, with a lot of delays and idling cars. No matter. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the Cars & Coffee very much. In addition to some very interesting old Lancias, there were some new McLarens brought in by the local dealership, as well as old BMWs, hot rods, a resto-modded 1940s Cadillac, and other novelties.
|Our Corvette: the only car present from Canada!|
|Packard rolling out|
|Stutz Blackhawk with owners and gorilla|
|Cadillac V-8 roadster|
|Shelby 427 Cobra replica|
|Two BMW 2002s meeting!|
|Aston Martin Vantage|
|Rally participants hurry up and wait...|
|BMW 3.0 CS|
|Rally participants waiting...and waiting...a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder leads out an Audi TT (that went on to win the rally), followed by a Shelby GT350 Mustang and a Mercedes-Benz 190Sl ahead of the white BMW M3.|
|Rally participants still waiting...|
|The first Tesla X SUV we had ever seen|
|Morgan Plus 4|
|1946 Lancia Aprilia Pagani Barchetta Corsa, a one-off built by the Riva company in aluminum|
After watching this very rare white Lancia set out, another Lancia came in. Not a rally participant, this 1932 Lancia DiLambda Torpedo Sport would make its appearance as a show car on Sunday. Very elegant!
It was a great start to the weekend and we were excited about the excellent cars we would look at during the Concours itself on Sunday.