Cars N Coffee - March 2014

March 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

On the first saturday of the month, year round, you can find one of the greatest gatherings of motorized vehicles in the DFW area.  Old to new.  Rusted to fully restored.  Many men and a few women bring out the pride of their garage to show, share, and socialize.  Held in the parking lot of Classic BMW in Plano.  And yes...there is coffee.  I've even seen giant grilled kielbasa being devoured at 9am.  Why not? A man has to eat... right?

I'll start this week with a little bit of rusted love.  This lovely VW was rusted and it was clear the owner planned to keep it that way.  Quaint and preserved.  Cars like this have a story.  If only they could tell it.  Delightful dents.  Logo antiqued like only time could preserve.  Yellowed headlights.  A rusted cargo rack on to...complete with a rusty gas can.  This little bug had the whole package.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we will shift to something a little more current.  Though I don't have a full frame shot for you this week.  In sweet time my dear fans and readers.  The 2014 Corvette was definitely the remodel that was needed to re-energize a vehicle that lives at long last in the hearts of all car lovers.  In recent years the Corvette had fallen almost stale in its styling.  The new model took a queue from its european counterparts and once again I find myself in love with a vehicle that should stand the test of time.

 

My love or maybe lust for this car varies across the year models but the 2014 is definitely back on my "must own one day" list. On this fine foggy and slightly overcast morning I had several to look at and enjoy.  Many of the detail shots featured today are of a Cyber Gray Metallic beauty of my new friend, Randy.  Randy is a wildlife photographer.  We found common interest in hobby and car selection.  Randy was kind enough to share with me some of the finer details of the 2014 Corvette.

 

One such amazing detail is the usage of the trademark cross flags in multitude about the car.  So many and yet so finely done in a subtle manner that you may not even notice their appearance.

Some details you have to look very deep into the eyes of the beast to find...

For it isn't until you change your perspective and look closer that you see this charming detail....

The story behind the hidden cross flags on the head lamp assembly is interesting.  The original design and build of the head lamp assembly includes an LED light behind these cross flags.  In the first models rolled off the line a LED light would shine up through the cross flags projecting the image into the air.  If you are parking in a garage you can see the image on the ceiling. While driving, the light simply shined up in the sky as a light indicator on the vehicle.  When models rolled off the line, DOT determined they felt this indicator posed a vision hazard for the driver, and required them to put a piece between the LED and the lens blocking the LED from shining through it. The housing remains as designed, and I'm sure someone will eventually open that baby up and modify the housing to reveal it's true design.  The details are what make this beauty great.  Just things that make my heart pitter patter.


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