A Ford GT, A Snowy Track, And The Luckiest 14 Year Old

Some say ‘luck’, while others say ‘preparation’, but many may lean towards ‘deep pockets’ for an opportunity like this.

In fact, it’s all of the above to produce this much jealousy. Soon to be mildly viral (purely speculation), this scant, minute forty second long video with the skilled driving of a 14-year-old living out some of our Ford GT fantasies is a bit of gold. Maybe we’re watching the making of the next Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver to sit along side Joey Hand and Scott Dixon, then again, maybe not. Doesn’t matter… this looks like a blast!

In an effort to provide entertainment and gain a few more eyes on their six-day teen racing program, the folks at Monticello Motor Club in New York had a brilliant idea. A few inches of snow, a closed track, and fresh set of Forgeline wheels fitted with proper snow tires, THEN, flip Andrew the keys to the Ford GT. The owner of the car (and owner of MMC), Ari Straus, was comfortable with his American supercar in the hands of a graduate of their racing program. A clear hat tip to the confidence they deliver in teaching and training 14-19 year olds the art and skills of racing.

According to the article on Robb Report, the club’s videographer and track media coordinator, Chris Szczypala, said following the success of previous video they’ve produced with sliding vintage E-type Jaguars, Porsches, BMWs, a WRX STI, a Ford Raptor, and a host of others ripping through the snow, and they wanted to ‘up the ante’. They did just that! Complete with crispy locked-off low shots, drone chase sequences, and some ‘sleight of hand’ humor, they delivered the goods. It left us wanting more; the sign of a good director. If they repeat this formula and bring some cinematic action of the race school, track days, events, and happenings at Monticello… their YouTube channel will gain at least one more follower and maybe some new members.

If you are looking to send your kids away for ‘summer camp’ from August 9-14 and have the $17k to spare, we highly recommend you give them this chance. At the end of the day, it’s about the kids.

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For more on Monticello Motor Club


For more on the custom built wheels for what ever sports car racing (or hooning) you can dream… even winter wheels for your Ford GT, check out Forgeline.

To read the full article check Robb Report

Pike's Peak NSX @ DC+C

On the third meet of 2018, the NSX club descended on DCC making a grand entrance and sporting the wide variety of the models and generations that make up this unique club. What a welcomed site to compare and contrast all of the finer details.

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One in particular car stood well above the others. Its brilliant white paint with graphics, racing numbers, and sponsor decals might have given it away to those in-the-know. (see below)

It was HERE in the flesh.

A real, daily-drivable, nearly stock NSX which… (wait for it)… won Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the Time Attack 2 (TA2) category in 2016.

Piloted by Nick Robinson, a factory hot shoe and member of the North American NSX R&D team, sprinted the 12.42-mile course in a swift 10:28.820. Understanding this is a race to the clouds, the hybrid powertrain was a perfect match to the 14,115’ elevation at the top.

Short of the safety features this is a stock car. We are thankful this car and Nick were in attendance.

Be on the look out, and hope it comes around again. You don’t want to miss this twice.

For more on the story on this car check it out at:

Autoblog - Acura NSX hybrid wins Time Attack 2 division at Pikes Peak

P.S. This wasn’t the only NSX of notoriety that day.

Acura’s IMSA Weathertech NSX driven by Ricky Taylor. HERE

2019 Camaro SS world debut at Dayton Cars and Coffee

Just days after the official press release, Chevrolet appeared with the first worldwide public debut of the 2019 Camaro SS.

It’s no joke when we say the first event each year brings out the masses. In, 2017’s first meet was so large in fact, we had to permanently change venues to accommodate. The size of the crowd was of no surprise, but it’s cars where shocking.

As someone once said to us, ‘It’s like automotive mating season, and [Dayton Cars and Coffee] is first indicator of spring’. Clearly, there was truth to this, and the Camaro team at Chevrolet felt the same. They decided the world should see the car for the first time at Dayton Cars and Coffee. Consider us honored.

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography    Badge, headlight, and grill detail

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Badge, headlight, and grill detail

Though in some ways unassuming, the ‘flow-tie’ front end was a clear draw for those who knew exactly what they were looking at for the first time.

This is not the first time the team from Detroit have graced our meets. In June of 2017, a Camaro ZL1 1LE, shortly after their whipping, fast record run at the ‘Ring’, showed up in the aisles of our meet. It was the very definition of low-key cool.

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography    Our late 2017 surprise… a Camaro ZL1 1LE fresh off the track brought to us by the team in Detroit

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Our late 2017 surprise… a Camaro ZL1 1LE fresh off the track brought to us by the team in Detroit

Fast forward 10 months from the ZL1 1LE…

Surprise, it’s a 2019 Camaro SS

Camaro team is back again with the fresh release of the 2019 Camaro SS. This mid-generation update includes some styling and minor adjustments across the line, but the most significant differences are rendered in the SS model styling.


From the photo you can see the hood louvers have been modified. Ditched are from the two ‘port style’ openings on either side as seen on the 2018 model, instead they’ve made use of center-mounted venting, which draws styling cues from the from the very aggressive, new Corvette ZR1.

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography


The taillights have changed and so have the lines of the car, ever so slightly, but the big changes on the visual characteristics are apparent with the ‘flow-tie’ located in the middle of a spanning, black bumper across the front end of the car. This seems to be the most polarizing element of the design. I have a feeling, this will may get the bowtie moved and potentially get a body color treatment in the future. I’m sure the SEMA market is already preparing. 

photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

photo: Scott Schwartz Photography


Aside from aesthetics, the mechanical upgrades are evidently getting the 10-speed automatic transmission from the ZL1 and a line-lock making it easier to ‘warm the tires’ as easily as a Ford Mustang GT. In the manual configuration, you can expect to see another gear up top, giving it 7 speed to work with on track and street.We are honored to be the lucky audience granted a chance to see this American muscle car before the world. This facelifted version of the gen-six Camaro was a welcome addition to the wildly diverse crowd we have grown accustomed, but this was something special.

photo: Scott Schwatrz Photography

photo: Scott Schwatrz Photography

The Chevrolet Camaro team could have done a FIRST public debut with this car anywhere in the world.

They chose Dayton Cars and Coffee, and for that, we are truly honored.

Thank you again to the team that made this possible.

2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE - Test Car

“The ZL1 1LE’s time is quick enough to place it 13.56 seconds ahead of the Camaro ZL1 with 10-speed automatic that Chevrolet tested last year”, according to the release from Chevrolet.

We were luck enough to get a glimpse of one right after their announcement and video hit the news wire. Just days later… THIS!

Photo: Scott Schwatrz Photograhy

2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE

Its stunning and aggressive good looks don’t really provide it justice for it’s brutal performance. Watch below.

Compared to its predecessors, the 1LE package boasts many upgrades and refinements for the sake of speed and handling. To make the leaps in shaving seconds off the clock, the team had to go a few steps beyond the norm to bring a ‘track weapon’ to the market. They did not disappoint.

photo: Scott Schwartz Photography  Also in attendance was this ZL1 Hot Wheels Edition.

photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Also in attendance was this ZL1 Hot Wheels Edition.

According to the release from Chevrolet (6/22/2018):

“The Camaro ZL1 1LE takes Chevrolet’s track-focused 1LE legacy to an even higher level, with racing-based adjustable suspension components — including Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) front and rear dampers — special front dive planes and carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires,* in an extreme track performance package powered by the 650-horsepower LT4 supercharged V-8 engine. 

The Nürburgring lap time was achieved with the ZL1 1LE test car’s suspension adjusted for optimal track performance and running the production Goodyear tires.

“The harder you push the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the more it rewards you on the track,” said Bill Wise, Camaro ride and handling engineer and the driver of the hot lap. “It offers total control, with the confidence that it will deliver lap after lap.”

The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE (order code A1Z) carries an MSRP of $69,995, which includes a $995 destination charge (excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees extra). It goes on sale this summer.”

A huge thank you to the team at Chevrolet in the Camaro department for gracing us with this amazing car. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

- Dayton Cars and Coffee

Season 3 Recap


Dear Dayton Cars and Coffee Attendees,

It’s hard to believe it’s come to a close on another season.

Season 3 was a fantastic ride from the first pre-season meets (they set the tone for the year) to meets spilling far over capacity, and in between we had a few special events that are still bringing a smile to my face.


First, I want to thank everyone who attended. To the hundreds and hundreds of people showing up each meet – all of you, for making this group what it has become. Without your passion and enthusiasm for cars and the group that has assembled around Dayton Cars and Coffee, this wouldn’t be possible… at all. So thank you for making this amazing collection of cars and personalities part of your life, lifestyle, and Saturday morning routine every other weekend. As I write this, it’s very clear to me during an ‘ON WEEK’, I would be standing in a parking lot, right this moment, talking to some of the best people I know, and keeping up with friends and family that share our collective excitement.

The tone keeps looping back about the number of friendships created this season; life-long ones at that. True friendships have been built as a direct result of this group. Many of these introductions would have never happened otherwise. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be a part of making this possible. The young, the old, … both cars and people, united. All cars… drift cars, exotics, muscle, antiques, vintage, drag cars, collector cars, rat rods, lifted trucks and jeeps, and even cars those haven’t even made it to production… yet. This is what the car scene is all about, and I’m also proud to say it’s right here in Dayton, OH.

As the group has grown over the last three years, it’s still amazing how far it’s come from an idea to have a ‘cars and coffee’ in Dayton to now gaining a national and international audience and recognition. To that point, we even caught the eye of Lexus North America, and they graced us with one of the new Lexus LC 500 pre-production cars. Out of only eight stops on a national tour, we were honored to be selected. That speaks volumes for what we’ve done. We should all be proud to call this group our automotive ‘home’.

It’s about community.

In September, we worked along side of the Dayton Councours d’Elegance for a special DC+C gathering at the Carillon Park to help raise awareness for their event that benefits Dayton History. They managed another record year, and we hope that our group helped to contribute to that success.

Filled with the excitement of birthdays or holidays, we had some especially exciting times dropped in between on the back roads of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, savored delicious food, soaked up edge-of-our-seat racing in amazing HD and surround sound, drove to the annual party at Dream Makers Automotive, and even visited Indy Cars and Coffee… twice. This all on top of the regular season of gatherings.

This would not be possible without the help and support of our sponsors.

A huge thanks to the WOR SCCA and their sponsors to provide coffee ALL season for free. Rain or shine, they delivered the goods; hot coffee. We’re all very thankful for the partnership this season, and I know we all loved having coffee readily available. In turn, they had record attendance at many of their events this season, and are continuing to grow their memberships and racer involvement. Additionally, a thank you needs to be sent out to Winan’s Chocolates and Coffee for providing the a special rate for the season, not because they’re die-hard car people, but they believe in, and support, building positive communities like the one we have with DC+C.

I can’t say enough about the excitement and support from the entire team at Hanson Audio Video. Their team, somehow comprised of mostly car-minded people, were instrumental embassors for the group, and opened their doors to provide a beautiful space (and killer theaters) to watch racing during one of our driving events, and providing the setup for watching LeMans and F1 event during our Father’s Day event. A deep thanks to the Hanson family and company for their involvement and sponsorship. Couldn’t have done it without you!

Finally, a huge thanks to the team at White Allen Porsche for stepping forward to become Dayton Cars and Coffee’s very first major sponsor. From planning to executing, they have provided huge support for making this year bigger and better than ever. Each of the special events we enjoyed, they had a particular hand to make it that much more exciting, as well, being our host for some of the special gatherings. Rory, Tim, and Tim Jr., I thank you for the sponsorship and support.

Though the general season is over, this is not the end.

I’m so very proud to be a part of this group, and looking forward to making 2017 season another ‘year to remember’.

Again, thank you… YOU… for making this group what it truly is… one of the best in the country.

To get us through to the spring, don’t stop posting pics, videos, etc of all the good times.


Join the group on Facebook and Instagram

Cheers To Season 4,

Kenny Brightman III


Dayton Cars and Coffee

Season 3 - Meet 2

Following the success of our Pre-Season Meet and 1st Official meet of 2016, it’s no longer just a trend.

Though the temps dropped a bit compared to the previous Saturday, it was ideal by mid-morning, and drew in the cars by the dozens. The field of cars was a beautiful mix of the best from America, Japan, Germany, Italy, and England, spanning decades of engineering and styling. From the utilitarian operation of the Land Rover Series II’s to fashion-forward styling of the Lamborghini Aventador, there was no shortage to find something for everyone.

Surprising though was the pre-meet dialogue on Instagram. A number of guys and gals from Columbus were looking for something car related on Saturday to fill their schedule. They originally started with a few cars and by Friday evening had a caravan of 7-8 cars. Others saw the conversation, and on the way morning of, their group quickly grew to 15 with people joining on I-70. It was an honor to have them come in and display their cars, of which included a McLaren 675LT and a brand-new Viper ACR w/ the Extreme Package.

Bonus: the images they captured on the drive over are stunning.

Also, check out this video from Colin Blount Photography

DDN: A great way to start the weekend: Cars & Coffee

We are always grateful for any coverage, and when it comes from Skip Peterson it’s spot-on and couldn’t agree more.

The article starts out, “I’ve attended and covered hundreds of car shows, cruise-ins and concours in the past seven years writing for Wheels, and many more in the 20 years previous. That said, there’s a new kid on the block, and it’s really different; its low-maintenance, high enjoyment, and has a great car vibe. Set your alarm on Saturday morning, and head for Cars & Coffee, no mater what you drive!”

For the full article read more HERE.