During the Labor day holiday (September 1st, 2012) weekend a friend and I attended a monthly car show up in Plano, Texas and I was able to shoot a number of the cars.
Cars and Coffee Car Show – Dallas Texas
The car show that I attended is called Cars and Coffee Dallas. That car show is the first Saturday of every month and it starts about 8 a.m and goes to about noon. But most cars start leaving about 10. Its not really a car show but a meet where car lovers and get together and talk about cars and show off their rides and drink coffee. During the meet you can purchase coffee, juices, and energy drinks from volunteers. all purchased drinks are actually a donation to a charity group so you can donate as much as you want or just a little if that’s all you can afford.
At the show, you can find anything from Exotics to rat rods. This set of images is only the first few cars I saw that day. Since I was with a friend and we both had to be at other appointments across town, I shot mostly from the hip and tried for a street photography look since I couldn’t get any free time with the cars.
As the title to the article suggests, this is the second installment of images from the show. I took several hundred pictures at the show and have edited most of them. I plan on releasing more images of the show over the next few months. Make sure to check back regularly and check out the previous article to see the cars from that set images.
The Nissan GT-R is a sports car (super car) produced by Nissan. Nissan first released in December of 2007 in Japan and was released in July of 2008 to the North American. The rest of the world could their hands on one these cars in March of 2009.
The GT-R’s predecessor was the Nissan Skyline GT-T and had a production run from 1969 to 1974 and once again from 1989 to 2002. The Skyline turned out to be such a famous and race proven sports car that Nissan had to bring the car back.
Although the GT-R no longer sports the “Skyline” badge, it still lives up to its history. The GT-R comes with four-wheel drive and a twin-turbo six cylinder engine. And a course, it wouldn’t follow in the Skyline’s footsteps if it didn’t have the Skyline’s signature 4 round tail lights. Although Nissan kept the signature tail lights, they did make some changes to the GT-R. For a complete list of the changes and performance specs check out the wiki page or Nissan’s GT-R page.
1973 De Tomaso Pantera
This is one sweet De Tomaso Pantera. I have see this car at several different car shows and I have even talked with owner about her. The car has made several cross country road races and even been featured on Speed TV.
I know very little of these cars, but what I have heard is, they were considered unreliable and I once heard a story that Elvis Presley gets upset with the car, pulls out a gun and shoots it. The story goes, that after being shot, the car starts.
But after talking to the owner of this car, he said he has never had any issues with it. The people that had these cars, probably didn’t care for them and these cars do need maintenance to stay up and running.
The Pantera was produced by the Italian car company De Tomaso and was produced from 1971 to 1991. They were originally powered by a Ford 351 cu in V8 that produced 330 horsepower.
In 1971 Ford started importing Panteras for the American market. Unfortunatly these car were poorly built and several even broke down on the Ford Proving Grounds! Many changes were made, such as switching from the standard 351 V8 to a new 4 Bolt Main Cleveland Engine (still a 351) was used for emission reasons but still keep a more aggressive camshaft timing.
But in 1975, Ford ended its production run of the Pantera after only selling 5,500 cars in the United States. De Tomaso continued to build the Pantera for almost 20 years.
The one thing I love about car shows like this one is, car clubs generally get together and park their cars next to each other. And this group of Porsches is no different, most of the cars in this area are Porsches or guys that are some how connected to the group.
Porsche 911 GT3
The Porsche 911 GT3 is a high performance model of the Porsche 911 sports car. The GT3 produces a 500 hp the 4.0 liter flat-six engine and is the most powerful six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine in production car with a 125 hp per liter output. For more information about the GT3 check out the Wiki page.
Another Porsche 911 GT3
This sexy green GT3 is all decked out and ready for some track time.
Porsche 997 GT3 or 997 Turbo
I’m not sure if this 997 is the turbo or the GT3 version. When looking at the car it has the lines of the GT3 but in person didn’t look quite like a GT3. Since the owner wasn’t around I had to guess what this one was. Either way it’s a great looking Porsche. Both the GT3 and Turbo both are high performance beasts and produce a ton of horse power and torque.
Found this little gem parked off to the side of the rest of the Porsches. This may not be one of the bad boys of the Porsche world, but those 911s get their roots from this little 356.
The 356 was the first production car from Porsche. It was light-weight, rear-engine, rare-wheel drive sports that was produced from 1948 to 1965. Out of the 76,000 built, there may only be about half that has survived.
The car’s design really didn’t change that much through out the production of the 356. The Porsche 356 was offered either as a hard or a rag top. The 356 had three different productions runs, 356 (1948-55), 356A(1955-59), 356B (1959-63), and 356C 1963-65/66). The different versions didn’t have all that much power, but with size and light weight styling, these cars were quick. With high performance add-ons, these car had a successful career on the race track.
Early1970s Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
This old Stingray Corvette looks like someone pulled it directly out of the 70s hot rod era. Its has the chromed out side pipes you normally find on old 70s hot rods and abright yellow paint job.
The third generation Corvette (C3) was in production from 1968 through 1982. They were also the first to have removable t-tops. The C3 started out strong with high horse power but as the prices of fuel went up and the ever growing emission regulations, the horsepower start to drop. The few years the String Ray still had engines from the C2 cars but just a few years later, big-block LS6 454 option horse was reduced from 450 to 425. As for the small block C3s, the LT1 engine (5.7) also received a reduction In power (370 to 330 hp). Then over the years, the power and performance was cut even more.
Doge Viper Phase II SR, Second generation (GTS)
The second generation dodge Viper GTS was in production from 1969 to 2002. When these cars first hit the roads, I was impressed by their overall presence and what they could do with the right driver. The Dodge Viper RT/10 and GTS (later years) sported a 7.998 L V10 that produced between 415 hp to 450 hp (depending on production year) and a 6 speed manual transmission.
During an episode of Top Gear, the hosts had gotten their hands on a fourth gen Viper and used it as a get away vehicle being chased by some sort of helicopter gunship. Even though they failed to get away, you could see what sort of power and performance that dodge put in their Viper projects over the years.
After yhearing that the fourth generation was going to be the last Viper to be created I was sad to see them go. Sales on these beasts were down and third generations were all over the place, but the 4th gens, I almost never saw them. So I can see why doge wanted to sop production.
Then 2012 Dodge brought he Viper back with more power and refined look that is sure to bring sales back. In 2013 the hand-made Viper will be a limited production run of 1,600 cars and 800 have already been spoken for.
For more images from Cars and Coffee, check out my Flickr Cars and Cars Image Set. There are over 40 images with more being soon.