What is so stunning to me is just how long it has taken for me to go to Katie’s Cars & Coffee – a weekly impromptu car show in Great Falls, Virginia. For many years, attending this event has always been a thing on my list; especially when I had owned a vehicle that may have been worthy enough to park there for people to oogle. But I had never made it until today.
I guess one could reason that you have to get out of bed pretty damn early on a Saturday morning. According to the website, the show car lot fills up before 7am and spectator parking is gone not long after. Alas, I didn’t have the chance (or motivation) until today. I made it around seven this morning and I was freaking blown away. There was a clear order to this chaos – orange cones delineated areas of no parking and show parking. Entry was entirely voluntary! If I wanted to park my ’97 Tacoma next to a Ferrari I could, but I would get some awful weird looks. (Might be an interesting hidden camera idea…) And there were a TON of people walking around, drinking coffee (support Katie), and looking at cars. Old. Young. Men. Women. (However, it was definitely mostly white men…) Even though this is a weekly event, this is NOT like a sponsored car show. You just show up and let the sheep gawk at your wheels. That’s it!
What I wasn’t too surprised about was the vast display of wealth. This part of Fairfax County is incredibly affluent. So a handful of Ferrari’s, Lambo’s, Aston Martin’s, and Tesla’s is not that shocking. Of course, I didn’t see any really crazy cars like a Ford GT40 or an original Shelby. There was a Yenko Camaro, but I am not sure if that was an original or not.
I had fun. It was also a great exercise for my photo skills. It was poopy that the sky was cloudy (and started to sprinkle when I was leaving), but I would like to go back when the sun is out and the skies are clear. But the next best thing is having a car to park at Katie’s.
Everything was shot on a Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens @ ISO 400. Shopped in LR4.