“April 3, 2010 saw the official start of the regular Saturday morning gathering for car buffs at Katie’s Coffee House in Great Falls, Virginia. This informal get-together will be held every Saturday morning from 7:00 am to 9:00 am through the last Saturday in October.
Interesting Vehicles Welcome
All ages and varieties of interesting vehicles are welcome—cars, trucks, exotics, etc. In the words of organizer Bob Morris, “If it has wheels and it’s interesting, we’d love to have it here.”
The gathering is very informal. There’s no judging, no special requirements and no stress. Just show up, hang out with other car folks and have a coffee or two. For most of the participants that we spoke with, the great variety of cars was their favorite feature of the event. Don LaRue, owner of a very cool Sateen Silver 1962 Corvette with a red interior noted, “The best thing about this event is what I’ve learned about other makes of cars. Where else can you find this many different cars in one spot?”
The idea for an informal car meet was hatched when Bob Morris noticed the abundance of collector cars in and around Great Falls. Bob, who belongs to several car clubs and is an avid collector himself, discussed the idea with club members and other collectors, and everyone thought that was a great idea.
The meetings started out with a few friends, but once the word spread through the car grapevine, more and more people wanted to attend. This past winter Bob and his friends decided to make it a regularly scheduled event. Judging by the turn out of some 75 cars for the official start, we’d say they have a winner on their hands.
Katie’s Coffee House
Katie’s was a natural for the gathering. It is owned by Mike Kearney who, in addition to being a “car person”, is also the proprietor of The Old Brogue, a popular Irish pub that has been a fixture in Great Falls for twenty-nine years. Mike is also a friend of Bobs and together they came up with the idea of using Katie’s as the locale for the show. Mike is gracious enough to reserve the parking area in front of Katie’s for event vehicles.
The coffee house is named after Mike’s five year old daughter Katie. When we complemented her on her coffee, she was quick to point out the she did not actually make the coffee. While there are no awards or prizes given out at the meet, Katie does reserve the right to pick her favorite car.
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe
One of the cars that stood out at this weekend’s event was Bob Spelke’s 1963 Corvette. Admittedly we are Corvette-biased, but Bob’s ’63 split window coupe is flawless—the Riverside Red paint, the black interior and the engine compartment are all impeccable. Bob’s car would be a trophy winner in any contest he entered, and it is featured in our lead photo and in our slideshow.
The car marques ran the gamut from A to Z—from Alfa Romeo to Lincoln Zephyr. Corvettes, Cobras, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, MGs and two (yes, two) Kaiser Darrins were on display. Both Darrins belong to organizer Bob Morris who brings the same zeal to car collecting as he does to his golf career.
A Great Time
If you want to see some super cars and hang out with great car buffs while you partake of the delicacies that Katie’s Coffee House has to offer, get up early on Saturday morning, dust off the ol’ collector car (or truck, or whatever) and head on over to 760 Walker Road in Great Falls. You’ll have a great time!”
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