Livermore Cars and Coffee – The Asphalt Social Club
The Livermore Cars and Coffee isn’t actually called a Cars and Coffee. It’s real name is the Asphalt Social Club but its essentially a cars and coffee format and like those events, offers a great setting for a morning tire kicking session with fresh brewed beans and hot cars. But what set this event apart from the others we have attended was the family atmosphere.
Like all car gatherings, it started with an idea. Local Livermore car guys Danny Angel, Boogie Breiz and Tony LaFon wanted something local, something chill, something family oriented as well as something that would support local businesses. “Our ultimate goal is to get the Asphalt Social Club large enough so that we can pass the hat and raise some money for Shepherd’s Gate.” Shepherd’s Gate is a safe haven for battered women and children coming from abusive situations. We can all get behind that fundraising effort!
We rolled in (with the new Goodguys Giveaway Mustang) and were instantly greeted with a few licks from some doggies and a warm welcome from Danny Angel. We spotted friends like Nick Germano and his radical red C-10 (named Best Truck at this year’s Lone Star Throwdown), as well as other notable local builds.
Lou Lafone’s ’69 Chevelle, a falming hot restoration by South City Rod & Custom came out to get some sun. Haling from Marin County, Lafone blew out the carbon with the 50 mile drive on a sunny and warm Sunday morning. As you can see below, Lou’s Chevelle (and his long lost matching Sanger) were Hot Rod Magazine cover cars in 1975. Ganahl and his team at South City left it exactly as it was then with a complete refresh. We loved it!
Cadillacs, Chevys, Mopars – late models and retro versions sparkled throughout Vasco Plaza – host site for the Asphalt Social Club. Local Brewery Hop DeVine supplied everyone with coffee, munchies and fresh beers.
The event already has the makings of a winner. The vibe was great with a wide spectrum of cars and trucks. Seeing so many happy kids and dogs run around made it even better. One little gal even got to sit in the cockpit of a dragster. That’s something she won’t soon forget.
If you’re in the East Bay Area and are looking for a fun few hours with car guys and gals, give the Asphalt Social Club a go. It’s held at Vasco Plaza the third Sunday of every month.