STUART – You may be asking yourself, ‘Self, is there a place where I can hang out around really cool cars and have great conversations with other car people while enjoying coffee and donuts on a Saturday morning?’ Why yes! Yes, there is. It happens every second Saturday of the month from 8-11am at the Elliott Museum in Stuart and it’s called, appropriately, Cars and Coffee.
Jim Ferrare, Car Curator at the Elliott Museum, explains that this gathering at the museum has been going on for many years though for awhile it was run by Auto Geeks of Stuart. Jim Ferrare and Jim Sera have been running it together for the past 18 months, with sponsorship help coming from McKee’s 37, manufacturer of high-end car care products and detailers of fine cars.
During season, from roughly October to April, as many as 100 cars may be on display at a time, and these will include almost every kind of car imaginable. Mr. Ferrare adds that, if someone has an SUV they’re really proud of and want to show off, it will be welcome at the event.
“We’re open to all kinds of cars”, says Mr. Ferrare, “everything from classics to muscle cars.” Motorcycles are also welcome.
The oldest vehicle ever displayed at Cars & Coffee was a 1914 Rolls Royce, driven to the museum by the owner.
Exotic cars displayed might include Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches or Maseratis. The occasional Corvette will try to slip into this category but, Mr. Ferrare adds, while they’re definitely very cool, they just aren’t exotic.
Though most of the car collectors and enthusiasts are older gentlemen, ladies also bring their cherished vehicles to show off.
There is no registration fee required to show one’s car at any Cars& Coffee event, and all donations made at the show go directly back to the museum which opened in its current location in Spring of 2013. The original building housed the museum from 1961 to 2011 when it was demolished to make room for a brand-new state of the art building. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the museum.
The Elliott Museum is home to one of the largest collections of early Model A Fords, with over 50 on display. This world class collection was donated to the Elliot Museum by Mr. Elliott Donnelly of Chicago, Illinois and Gulfstream, Florida.
While at Cars & Coffee, check out the museum and its amazing collection of automotive history, baseball, and Native Florida history. Admission prices and museum hours are available on the Elliott Museum’s website at https://hsmc-fl.com/. You can also like and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/elliottmuseum.
Cars & Coffee at the Elliott. It’s like ‘Car Talk’, only live and with donuts.