The seesaw struggle continues. The sunnier the day, the less favorable the pictures. This past Sunday's C&C was a sunny, albeit chilly, spring morning. The thermometer walked the straight and narrow along the 37 degree path, never quite wavering to one side or the other. This didn't stop anyone though, as the cars came out in force.
Just like in previous C&Cs, every faction of the automotive world was accounted for. It does seem that the parking is becoming a bit more regimented, with the Mustangs staking their territory along the grassy knoll, across from the row of Porsches. Still, once the drivers are out of their cars, the cross-class socialization begins and the morning carries on.
There were a few standouts, with that previously posted Unimog being one. A few newcomers to the game were the Lexus RC-F and Dodge Challenger Hellcat, each with their own approach on translating technology into driving experience. Mercedes-Benz corporate even brought the new Maybach S600, although it quietly flew under the radar at first. And of course, the old favorites, the increasing muscle car presence, the houndstooth'd classic 911. For me, seeing the DeSoto was a nice change from the usual Fury that's in its place.
Despite the sunshine and increased attendance, not all was well with the day. More so afterwards with a tough love email that sparked a nubbin of name calling in the Facebook group. While I agree that calling out the drivers to set an example may not have been the best route to take, attempting to drop the ban hammer on them is a stretch. That's not to say the Zero Tolerance Policy isn't important to enforce, because I'm sure some of the the "host" communities wouldn't think twice of shutting the C&Cs down given the opportunity. But since this horse has since been beaten, eaten, digested and composted, I'm only going to briefly touch upon the importance of being good "neighbors." Without a dedicated "Cars and Coffee/Croissants/Caffe" lot, that is, a piece of property owned by a C&C Corporation, we should be very mindful of the graciousness of the people that lend these temporary venues to us. These locations should be treated as hallowed ground by everyone. We should also be very considerate of those in the surrounding areas of said location. Although I find this blasphemous, not everyone is as elated with a Ferrari's sonorous V8 on a Sunday morning as we are. Not everyone finds fascination in the expert ability to rev a car to redline and drop the clutch, thus curating a smokey burnout. I mean, you can't teach that sort of skill. The point being, we need to be respectful. Not only of our meeting place, but also of each other. In my opinion, that is one thing that always set the C&C a notch higher than the other meets. If that starts to decay, it will be the beginning to an end for sure. Who wants that? I for one don't.
Only so much can be said about the C&Cs without sounding too repetitive. I would let the pictures do the talking, but surprisingly my shutter count was a bit low this time. Remember how I go on and on about how an overcast day is the photographer's best friend? Or how I also said I can't wait for spring, with its sunny days and warmer temps? It seems it time to challenge myself a bit to deal with the certain sunnier mornings. Until next time, I'll see you through the lens.
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