Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island

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Cars and Coffee folks swap stories around a 1967 Corvette 427 | Bob Golfen photos

It was Everyman’s day Saturday at the Ritz with car clubs and collectors from all around the Jacksonville area converging on The Golf Club of Amelia Island to show off their automotive pride and joys to an appreciative crowd that gets in for free.

The annual Cars and Coffee at the Concours, presented by Heacock Classic Car Insurance, takes place on the same grassy fairways adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton resort where the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance happens today. Except on Saturday, Everyman (and Everywoman) was invited to bring his or her classic car, custom, late-model exotic, sports car or what-have-you for a laid-back show that attracted more than 250 entrants and hundreds of onlookers.

People who came for Cars and Coffee also were invited to see the impressive displays that the manufacturers have laid out for the concours. Alfa-Romeo, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar showed off some of their most-historic cars while Buick attracted a crowd with a rare showing of the original 1930s concept, a roadster known as the Y Job.

Photos by Bob Golfen 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.