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A Gogomobile(?) next to an F40. That's funny. Never sat in a Gogomobile, but I did have an Isetta for a while. A big limo, 600! If my boys had been closer to driving age, I would have kept it for them. Some kind of BMW is mandatory in North Dallas. Did get to drive an F40. First thought, after 20 years, finally a car faster than a Cobra.

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Actually, that is a Messerschmitt. (Not a great picture - this shows it a little better.) Owner had just bought it at an auction of a microcar museum liquidation. He said 40 mph is as fast as he would EVER want to go in it!

 

--Bob Collum

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As we continue practicing social distancing, we all long for the day that we can get back out and see friends at car events. Until that can happen safely, I will continue posting pics from previous events. Feel free to post some of your favorites, too! My friends and I have found it useful to have weekly video conference calls, to keep in touch. Take care of yourself, and your loved ones!

 

--Bob Collum

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This is the color scheme my 600 had. I really wheeled and dealed on that car. Sold it to a BMW dealer. Doubled my money. Bought for $250, sold for $500!

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Looks like at least two more weeks of social distancing. I will let you know here, when Katie's Cars & Coffee is back open. Until then, here are some notable cars from the past...

 

--Bob Collum

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Still no Katie's Cars & Coffee, due to social distancing requirements. I will let you know here, when I hear the restrictions are lifted. (Unlikely to be soon!)

In the meantime, here are some pics from previous year gatherings. Thanks to Mike Swiek for providing some better-quality photos than I can muster.

 

--Bob Collum

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Here we are, at the end of May, and Katie's Cars & Coffee is still closed. As I mentioned before, I have communicated with Mike K., the owner of Katie's, and he is not yet ready to welcome Cars & Coffee back to his place. As soon as I have updated information on this, I will post it here.

 

In the meantime, in the absence of a physical get-together, I offer you some pics from the past. This week's guest photographer is Mike Swiek, who provided all these photos. It goes without saying (at least by me) that this week's photo quality is way better than usual. Thanks, Mike!

 

--Bob Collum

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Katie's Cars & Coffee is still officially closed. I will let you know when the owner says they are ready to resume.

Until then, here are some memorable vehicles from Katie's past Saturdays:

 

--Bob Collum

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Thx Bob!

 

Cincinnati's C&C is tiny in comparison to this but was open yesterday for the first time. It was packed with people and cars, a few masks, no social distancing. It's squeezed into a small space so participants couldn't social distance if they wanted.

 

On the other hand I went to a track day Monday and it was also packed but the huge paddock venue at Mid Ohio made it easy to be 6' apart. Also, 100% masks in use, purely voluntary but everyone was on the same page. Participants had to bring their own food and water. Drivers' meeting was virtual via smart phones. They took everyone's temp as they entered. Really a model Covid gathering.

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Thx Bob!

 

Cincinnati's C&C is tiny in comparison to this but was open yesterday for the first time. It was packed with people and cars, a few masks, no social distancing. It's squeezed into a small space so participants couldn't social distance if they wanted.

 

On the other hand I went to a track day Monday and it was also packed but the huge paddock venue at Mid Ohio made it easy to be 6' apart. Also, 100% masks in use, purely voluntary but everyone was on the same page. Participants had to bring their own food and water. Drivers' meeting was virtual via smart phones. They took everyone's temp as they entered. Really a model Covid gathering.

 

With just a little common sense and respect for others, I believe we could be doing a lot more than we're doing AND have fewer cases and spread. Good on your midOhio group.

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We are still waiting for Katie's Cars & Coffee to re-open; best guess is currently sometime in July. I will let you know when they are ready. The restaurant is now open, but limited in capacity; they are NOT ready for a full-on Katie's crowd, so please do not jump the gun on this.

 

Rob Smith provided me with pictures for this week's Best of Katie's. Thanks, Rob!

 

--Bob Collum

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Yes, it's been a very long time without an 'official' Katie's Cars & Coffee - and it will still be a while before they are ready to host the full-blown event again. Please be patient.

 

We encourage you to have breakfast or dinner at the Old Brogue; they need your business. I will announce here when they are ready for the throngs that accompany C & C. In the meantime, here are some notable memories from past Katie's:

 

--Bob Collum

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Great set of photos. Thanks. The bus is a nice illustration of what can happen with swing axles if you do a hard lift in a corner. Of course the high cg is something SUV & PU drivers should be wary of now days. That bus could start a class at any high school.

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Sure. That's a creation of a Park Service Policeman who goes by the name of 'SpeedyCop'. He makes vehicles for 24 Hours of Lemons races. We've seen his twin-engine Cessna (with no wings), built on a Toyota van chassis, and he has an upside-down California Highway Patrol Camaro that he drives upside down, head-and-shoulders out above the bottom of the car.

 

--Bob Collum

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I still have not gotten word that Katie's is ready to open up for Cars & Coffee, so here's another look back at previous events. I will let you know when Mike K says it's appropriate to start gathering for Saturday cars & coffee again. Stay safe!

 

--Bob Collum

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Just want to say thanks Bob for sharing. I'm a relatively new member but it didn't take me long to find this thread. Where we live there is/was a regular weekly gathering (Redmond Town Center), and today would be the Greenwood Car Show in Seattle where several blocks of a city street are closed off to display hundreds (last year 750) cars from classics to rat rods. Can't remember when the family and I last missed that show as it is my birthday event, so wife and (now) grown children attendance is mandatory. Your pictures are the next best thing to being there. Thanks again.

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We have a tiny little C&C here in Cincy. It's going full blast: "What, me worry?". Since it's a small place, everyone is jammed together and walking shoulder to shoulder and, of course, no masks. Our Saturday a.m., bike ride takes us directly past it (we stick to the far side of the road). I doubt anyone is over 40 years old, most are early 20's-early 30's. Did I mention Cincy has had a 5x increase in its infection rate, ditto the surrounding counties?

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