Cars and Coffee has always been a popular weekend tradition that originated in Southern California. The impromptu car meet managed to attract an entire spectrum of car owners. The most popular and original one being Cars and Coffee Irvine was shut down after eight years of operation. Since then, it’s become more of a regional thing, where different cities would host their own Cars and Coffee. One specific Cars and Coffee that has been gaining traction is the one held in Diamond Bar, CA.  

Event organizer Rick Ishitani says, “Everyone knows that it’s hosted by off duty cops and they all feel safe that it won’t be broken up and it’s a sanctuary meet.  Unless you do something really stupid.” 

Rick tells us that this event has been going on for the past five years and it’s only in the last six months that it has been getting more popular. Could this be a result of The Rona? Either way, over 600 cars showed up to this month’s event and Rick is happy to report that mostly everyone behaved themselves and respected the location. For the most part, drivers tried to stick with their respected group. The overland crew, the vintage cars, the JDM, the American muscle, the high-end cars were all neatly organized in their own parking rows. 

With attendance growing, they might have to move to another spot to accommodate everyone. Besides, you don’t want to piss off the other patrons trying to hit up their local Super H Mart. Truly the beauty of Cars and Coffee is that everyone is welcome, but as they say, “play stupid games, win stupid prizes.” One Mustang owner was caught doing 80mph. In retrospect, one irresponsible driver out of 600 cars isn’t a bad outcome.  

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