For the first time in the show’s four year history, all future Cars and Coffee San Francisco events are canceled indefinitely.
In a decision indicative of most major Cars and Coffee events nationwide, GMP Cars, the current host of Cars and Coffee San Francisco, called off September’s event and all future Cars and Coffee San Francisco events indefinitely. Check out their announcement on Facebook below.
For at least the past year, Cars and Coffee San Francisco hosted a relatively pain-free car meet at the nearby “The Shops at Hilltop” in Richmond, Calif. With a large parking area and held on the first Saturday of the month in the early hours of the morning away from peak shopping hours, management of “The Shops” presumably enjoyed the extra bit of traffic in the morning. And with the mall area forming a natural barrier between cars and neighborhoods, I’m assuming complaints where to a minimum compared to their other venues.
Naturally, it was a shock for fans of the event that feature events were canceled without an official reason. Those in the know in the comments section on Facebook and Instagram aren’t coming up with some practical reasons behind the announcement nor is GMP themselves. There, however, is the usual bickering between the different car groups (e.g. Muscle vs. Exotic, Muscle vs. Everybody..the usual song and dance.)
This comes off the heels of Blackhawk Cars and Coffee deciding to end their event at their museum earlier last month. Unofficially, distraught neighbors upset with the noise and traffic was the reason behind that event ending.
My guess, as mentioned, is that the event just grew too large, which is natural for such a popular car show. Before Richmond, Cars and Coffee was held at Treasure Island in San Francisco, one time at the abandoned Naval Station in Alameda, and in the beginning at Pier 32. With such picturesque locations, the event’s organizers making sure there were some truly high-dollar exotics in attendance, and with a strong social media following, there was nothing to pump the brakes on this event’s popularity…until now.
I hate to say it but it is what it is and car enthusiasts in Northern California should respect and treasure a car meet that’s still alive and kicking. For the meantime, there’s still Cars and Croissants in Santa Clara and Canepa Cars and Coffee in Scotts Valley.
Hopefully, GMP Cars will work some thing out because literally thousands of car enthusiasts looked forward to the first Saturday of the month.