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Rise & Drive in Chicago

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Rise & Drive gathers monthly at a Chicago collector car hub
Rise & Drive gathers monthly at a Chicago collector car hub

Rise & Drive is Chicago’s twist on the cars-and-coffee cruise-ins taking place across the country.

Now in its third year, Rise & Drive has a new gathering place, the Collectors’ Car Garage. The free event is open to a variety of cars — vintage classics, sports cars, muscle cars, exotics and microcars, with a few hot rods and customs among the nearly 100 cars that attended the most recent monthly gathering.

Exotics included a McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and few Ferraris. Vintage rarities included a 1922 Citroën 5CV Torpedo roattail roadster and a Porsche Carrera 3.2 rally car. The most raw car was a 302 V8 ’61 Ford Falcon built to replicate a period-correct Holman and Moody road racing car.

Event sponsor Mancuso Motorsports, a Chicago-based luxury and super car dealer, provides coffee at this monthly opportunity to see a variety of cars and even some trucks.

Collectors’ Car Garage is a purpose-built automotive storage facility dedicated to the care and preservation of collectible vehicles. The membership-based 58,000 sq. ft. storage facility calls itself a country club for enthusiasts and their cars and motorcycles.

The next Rise & Drive is scheduled for Sunday, July 3, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The gatherings continue monthly, the first Sunday, into October. Collectors’ Car Garage is at 2500 W. Bradley, Chicago.

Photos by Larry Nutson

Larry Nutson
Larry Nutson is an auto industry veteran, a mechanical engineer by education and an automobile enthusiast at heart. His diverse automotive career includes a youthful stint in semi-pro drag racing, twenty-five years working for Volkswagen of America, three years of Chevrolet strategy planning at Campbell-Ewald Advertising, and a position as founding member of the Detroit-based Individual Communicators Network (ICN). He is a past chairperson of the SAE International Public Affairs Committee, has provided public relations services for SAE Congress and Formula SAE and was a consultant and sponsorship representative for the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit. Larry is the Chicago Bureau Chief for The Auto Channel and resides in Chicago.

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