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Farewell to Crystal Cove - Exotic Car Gathering

No Loitering, No roller Blades, No Skateboards, No Ferraris, No lamborghinis...

Christopher M. Williams
Feb 17, 2009
Photographer: Robert Hallstrom
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"I can just see the newly posted signs: No Ferraris, No Lamborghinis, No Porsches, No Corvettes, No Vipers, No old cars, No new cars, No for sale cars, No fast cars, No expensive cars, No exotic cars, No trucks with trailers, No Motorcycles, No skateboards, No rollerblades. No loitering, No looking at cars, 15 minute parking only."

For those aficionados who do not know about Crystal Cove, its enthusiasm, fun, close knit, family, coffee and donut filled Saturday mornings with all kinds of exotics and whatever else, for a make shift car show. This car show started three years ago with Mark Greeley and Bob Cheatley who were two friends who enjoyed meeting up talking about their cars drinking coffee and eating donuts. Relaxing and having a nice Saturday meeting became life. Soon it started to spread like wild fire and hundreds upon hundreds of people came from all over to take part and to see such fine automobiles that were either bought or created. It was not about who had the nicest ride, or the newest gizmo; it was a fun, relaxing time with friends, family and people with the same interest. But according to the People in the million dollar homes surrounding Crystal Cove, They could no longer stand, the "commotion" that was brought with such a car show. Were they burning out, racing through the streets? By no means seeing that the people this drew were admirers and far more mature enthusiasts. So what was the issue that slowly brought the make shift crystal cove Car show to a close? Well the culprit at hand would be the Irvine Co. They would rather succumb to the complaints from the neighbors instead of the wealthy show goers who provide value, business, and attention to the complex. In the past three years, it has become a way of life, a past time, a tradition for some to meet with new and old friends, and share a hobby. Is this the end for something that has become a pastime? By no means; they simply moved it to the Ford - premier automotive group - Mazda Campus under the moniker of Coffee and Cars. It may take a little bit of time to bring the masses but as that old Bruce Willis movie says, "If you build it He will come."... If they hold it, the masses will be sure to follow. You have not heard the last of Crystal Cove Car show. It has a new name and venue ready for the world.

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