Cars & Coffee events return

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After a two-year, COVID-19-imposed hiatus, the folks at RM Auto Restoration are bringing back their Cars & Coffee events for the summer.

Ernie Morreau, shop manager at RM Auto Restoration/RM Sotheby’s, said the morning showcases take place June 11, July 16 and Sept. 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at RM’s facility on Classic Car Drive just south of Highway 401.

He said RM personnel enjoy putting on the events, opening the doors to showcase the shop and museum, while car buffs bring their own rides to show them off, and check out other vehicles.

“We just like to do it,” Morreau said. “We consider ourselves the classic car company of Canada. People can come out to see the cars. They can come out and talk to each other and just talk cars. Come out, bring your car, see the shop and the facility.”

RM offers free coffee and donuts as well.

Morreau said the Cars & Coffee events avoid August for a reason, and it’s not the heat.

“August is our busy month. Our restored cars head to Pebble Beach to compete,” he explained. “We also fit those (Cars & Coffee events) around our auction schedules so we can have more staff around.”

As for the first event in June, Morreau said visitors will likely see an excellent variety of vehicles.

“A lot of the cars here will be getting prepped to go to Monterey for auction. But they’ll be on display here,” he said. “They’ll see some unique stuff, a good collection.”

Included in that display will be several vehicles that were showcased for RM’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2019. Morreau said that could include a V-16-powered Cadillac.

For those who plan on attending Cars & Coffee, Morreau asks that people who are driving in to showcase a vehicle to park on the east side of the main building, and for pure spectators to park on the west side of the building, in the lot between RM and Handy Bros., which has set up shop in the former Duke’s Harley Davidson building.

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