Caffeine and Octane – September 2014 Edition (173 photos)

I think that when the first Sunday of the month lands on the 6th or 7th, it means a bigger crowd for C&O, even if the weather is hot and sticky. Fortunately for me, it also meant more Z cars in attendance. With the low chance of rain the in morning, there were plenty of interesting cars on display. As I have done for the last few months, I focused more on the older cars in the lots. I look at these cars as survivors, defying the odds. It doesn’t matter whether they had loving owners or are just limping along, showing the patina that comes with age.

Another interesting thing about the show is how the crowd builds so quickly, filling the main lot by 7, and then around 10, people disperse with only a few cars remaining by 11. In those three hours, friends catch up with one another; new friendships are made; and people mill about, fascinated by all of the painted metal, chrome, plastic and rubber.

After the show, I went home and arranged to go over to help someone with his 280ZX. I went through some diagnostics with him to confirm that his car had a dying fuel pump. A quick trip to Napa Auto Parts, about an hour installing the pump and a new fuel filter, and the 280ZX roared back to life. Since I wanted to get the pictures online, I’m taking the easy way out and providing a link to the flickr album with today’s pictures. Click on the picture below to get to the album.