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Cars and Coffee Darien July Featuring Hot Rods, Rat Rods and Customs

July 14 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 am

Free – $15.00

Join us for our July 14th, 2024 event at Goodwives Shopping Center.

Gates open at 7:00 am, event ends at 10:30 am.

As usual, ALL MAKE AND MODELS ARE WELCOME but only vehicles fitting our theme will be eligible for a Theme Trophy.  Any entry can win Peoples Choice Trophy

This month, our theme is Hot Rods, Rat Rods and Customs:

Hot Rod:

  • A hot rod is a custom-built, modified vehicle, typically an older model car or truck, that has been extensively modified for improved performance and aesthetics.
  • Hot rods often feature large, powerful engines, customized suspensions, and unique body modifications such as chopped tops, lowered stances, and custom paint jobs.
  • Hot rodding has its roots in the early-to-mid 20th century in the United States, where enthusiasts would modify older vehicles to make them faster and more visually appealing.

Rat Rod:

  • A rat rod is a type of hot rod characterized by its deliberately rough, unfinished appearance.
  • Rat rods often feature rusty, weathered exteriors, exposed welds, and mismatched parts, giving them a “rat” or “beater” aesthetic.
  • While hot rods typically emphasize polished finishes and meticulous craftsmanship, rat rods embrace a more raw and primitive style, often using salvaged or recycled materials to achieve their unique look.
  • Rat rods emerged as a subculture within the hot rod community, with enthusiasts celebrating the DIY ethos and rebellious spirit of early hot rodding.

Custom Car:

  • A custom car refers to any vehicle that has been modified or personalized to suit the owner’s preferences or tastes.
  • Customization can involve a wide range of modifications, including alterations to the exterior appearance, interior features, engine performance, and suspension.
  • Custom cars can vary widely in style, from sleek and refined show cars to wild and unconventional creations.
  • Customization options are virtually limitless, and owners often invest significant time and resources into creating their ideal vehicle.
  • Custom cars may include elements of hot rods, rat rods, restomods, lowriders, and other automotive subcultures, depending on the owner’s vision and preferences.

Trophies will be awarded at 10:00 am

  • Theme Trophies:
    • 1st Place Hot Rod
    • 2nd Place Hot Rod
    • 3rd Place Hot Rod
    • 1st Place Rat Rod
    • 2nd Place Rat Rod
    • 3rd Place Rat Rod
    • 1st Place Custom
    • 2nd Place Custom
    • 3rd Place Custom
  • Peoples Choice (anyone can win)

50/50 raffle

Spectators get 20% off their food purchases from Aux Delices.  Exhibitors get 20% off their food purchases and FREE COFFEE from Aux Delices.
Get pre-season pricing of $10 for VIP Exhibitor Parking passes until March 31st. VIP Exhibitor Parking pricing increases to $15 on April 1st.


July 14
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Free – $15.00


Cars and Coffee Darien
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Goodwives Shopping Center
25 Old Kings Highway North
Darien, CT 006820 United States
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July Spectator

There is no charge for spectators. We only ask for RSVPs so we can give the food service folks an idea of how many people are coming.

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July VIP Pre-Season Exhibitor Parking
$ 10.00