On 6 September, the Overdrive Club held its first event at the New Inn at Walton. With extremely little advertising and changeable weather conditions, we were not expecting a fantastic turnout – we even briefed the pub that fifteen cars would be a good result! At 9.30 the car park consisted of Alex’s Mk2 Jag, an Alfa Romeo Giulia QF and a Caterham Seven – a good mix, but not fantastic numbers. However, our fears were quickly abided as soon enough a hugely eclectic variety of machinery made its way into the car park – from Reliant Scimitars to McLarens! By 10.30 the car park was brimming with exotic and interesting machinery, and the smell of coffee and bacon had filled the West Yorkshire air.
Not only was the variety of attending vehicles impressive, but the quality of cars was also superb, featuring seven Aston Martins, a brace of Caterhams, Ferraris and other standard features of cars and coffee events, such as Triumphs, Minis and MGs. Although extremely difficult to pick out a favourite, the car that garnered the most attention by far was the 1985 Honda City Turbo 2, complete with matching motorbike in the boot!
With excellent weather, excellent service and excellent machinery, the inaugural Overdrive Club Cars and Coffee was a roaring success, with over 35 cars and nearly 100 people enjoying themselves in a relaxed, socially distanced atmosphere. This first event was intended to be reasonably low key simply to gauge the popularity of an ODC cars and coffee meet – evidently, it was extremely popular so expect more in the future! To ensure operating safety of future events, forthcoming Cars and Coffee will be ticketed to allow us to cap numbers. Overdrive Club members will be able to reserve their slot for free with a complimentary sandwich and hot drink, with tickets to non-members available for £10, including a sandwich and hot drink.