Cars ‘n’ Coffee

Update –  Cars ’n’ Coffee is cancelled until further notice.

Sunday. Day of rest. Lie in. Loaf around on the sofa. Relax. Or alternatively, get up at the crack of dawn and use the coffee element of the Lisburn City Old Vehicle Club with Thoroughbred Sports Car Club’s cars n coffee meet as the stimulant to enjoy an incredible collection of cars. The lush green expanses of Down Royal Race Course will hopefully be bathed in sunshine and provide the LCOVC & TSCC with perfect conditions for their latest get together. An incredible number of beautiful and diverse cars parked up in front of the main stand and viewers admire an altogether different breed of horse power. An anything goes ethos means that a classic Citroen DS can rub shoulders with a spritely little MG, whilst super cars parade in the paddock. Down Royal has seen its fair share of prancing horses in its time, but none prettier than the troop that will turn up today. Whilst the Italian marques rustle up strong representation (and not just Ferrariseither – Fiat, Lancia, Alfas and Maseratis hopefully in attendance), the love for muscular German machinery lingers long in Northern Ireland. The latest BMW M Power and Audi RS machinery could give any super car a fright, either round a track or a straight line. That said, sometimes it’s hard to beat the timeless classics like the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

At the other end of the scale, the little Morris Traveller offers a more gentile drive, but still looks a hoot nonetheless. It’s also easy to forget that Saab – gone but not forgotten – used to make very good cars indeed. That is before the GM Accountants neutered the engineers forcing them to build cars from cast off bits of Vectras. The original 900 Turbo was the embodiment of Swedish design and odd-ball ingenuity. So many cars, just not enough time. When you wake up on Sunday 26th April and need a coffee, grab the car keys and head for Down Royal.