Caffeine and Octane

Today we feature a guest post from Mike Christensen. Follow Mike on Twitter @SCSA31274.

Imagine this scenario.  Two guys are sitting in a Cobb county coffee shop.  A third guy comes in and says, “who owns those two Porches out there?”.  A car discussion ensues and the car show Caffeine and Octane was born.

Originally called Cars and Coffee, the idea was for people to get together on Saturday mornings with their cars and admire and appreciate other people’s rides.  The name and concept came from a similar show in southern California.  The show has been held in several different parking lots and was switched to Sunday mornings over the last six years.  The number of participants has grown from the original three to over 700.  The show has grown and evolved organically without any advertising; all completely by word of mouth.

The show is the first Sunday of each month from 7:30 – 11:00 AM in the office parking lot at the corner of Deerfield and Windward Parkway.  It’s where the bear was seen not too long ago.  No bears here, just horsepower.

Cars that range from exotics, muscle cars, classic rides, hot rods, tuners, trucks and motorcycles blanket not only that parking lot but the adjacent ones too.  There’s no entry fee to show your car.  Just get there early, find a spot and hang out.  There’s also no admission fee for the public either.  Everyone is invited to come out and see what’s out there. Several sponsor tents dot the landscape.  They help to offset costs such as insurance and traffic control.

Make sure to get there early or you might miss something.  At June’s show there was a million dollar Bugatti Veyron that I didn’t get to see because it was gone before I got there.  I did get to see many cars that made me sad that I don’t make enough money to have one.  The vehicles that come to show are from all over the Southeast, from as far away as Myrtle Beach and Birmingham.  Completely word of mouth.

Last year the show was taken over by Bruce Jones of Autotrader Classics.  Bruce manages the show and is working on the web site.  You can also find the show on Twitter and Facebook.  Autotrader’s tried to not change much about the show.  They did put on a show in May down at the World Congress Center called Octane 2013.  That show focused more on show cars for sale.  It was well attended so look for another installment next year.  That show requires tickets for entry.

There’s a police presence to keep everyone’s right foot in line but the car culture does a good job policing itself.  Everyone gets along no matter what they drive, from a 1967 GTO to a 2004 BMW M3 to a 1957 Chevy Bel Air to a 2013 Camaro.  Don’t look for burnouts or high volume activities.  It’s not that kind of show.  Grab your coffee and come out, rain or shine, and come see some pretty amazing pieces of machinery.

12600 Deerfield Parkway
Alpharetta, Ga 30004

5 Responses to “Caffeine and Octane”

  1. Travis Allen July 25, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Just a quick note, because I’d be out of character if I didn’t mention it.

    The location is actually in Milton, NOT Alpharetta.

  2. S Lee Guy July 25, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Sorry, our copy editor (me) should have picked up on that terrible error in geography. This event is indeed in Milton (just barely).

  3. Scsa31274 July 25, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    It’s actually both. The police that help out are both Milton and Alpharetta. The parking lot is Milton’s jurisdiction and Windward Parkway is Alpharetta’s.

  4. Ben Burnett July 26, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    I wonder why some people go through all the effort to be “that guy”. Can you inagine what said “guy” would say if the event was just on the other side of the county line. Its a monthly event worth checking out a few times a year in North Fulton.

  5. John Frazier July 26, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    I’ll have to agree with Travis, but it’s really just a minor annoyance. Milton has been around nearly 7 years now and it’s not going away, and I don’t know why folks wouldn’t want to know what city they were in.

    If people aren’t educated about it, then how will they ever learn?

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