Cars and Coffee at the Only US F1 Racetrack
Automotive events are the only reason I get out of bed early on Sundays. On Formula 1 race weekends, I make breakfast and watch the action. There was no race on July 21, but I was lucky enough to visit the Circuit of Americas Formula 1 track for Austin’s Cars and Coffee meetup. There are many Cars and Coffee meetups in the US, but this is the only one held at a Formula 1 track. Circuit of the Americas hosts the only Formula 1 race in the country, the United States Grand Prix.
The meetup was previously held in a shopping center overlooking a large lake from a high vantage point. The roads to the event were scenic with many technical turns. This made for a great driving experience on the way to the meetup. Eventually, space and logistical challenges forced the event to be relocated. The move to Circuit of the Americas (COTA) was an exciting change.
When you arrive at the track, you can choose the free parking lot or the paid premium lot, with parking proceeds benefiting local charities. The COTA crew are incredibly efficient, even with extremely long lines waiting to park.
The front spots are reserved for ultra rare, super, and hyper cars. Since Austin is a tech city, it’s not surprising to find an impressive selection of cars. The Lexus LFA stole everyone’s attention. Many pictures and selfies were taken.
Most attendees congregated with their own makes, and some were even parked next to the same models. There was a seemingly endless row of blue M-Powered cars.
Not to be outdone, the Audi fans sported their own lineup of S Models. Cars like these attract people of all ages who share their passion and stories with each other. COTA even opens their karting track for anyone who wants to experience some speed of their own.
Where better to celebrate and share a passion for cars than at a world-famous race track? July in Texas can often bring brutal heat, but it did not deter the incredible cars and huge crowd of attendees. The good news is that the October and November events promise cooler temperatures and a great variety of rare cars.
If you are planning to visit the Austin area, check out the Cars and Coffee section of COTA’s website for future dates.
Having grown up in the 90s, racing simulators like Gran Turismo helped shape his passion for cars further than the usual Hot Wheels cars. Elias picked up photography as hobby and immediately knew his subjects would be cars. His photography then evolved to videography and capturing people’s passionate stories about their cars.
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