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Cars & Coffee drives into downtown

July 8, 2016
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A Lamborghini sits with its driver-side door open at a show by Cars & Coffee Grand Rapids. Photo via

A pair of local car enthusiasts with more than 40 years of experience in the auto industry are hosting a free car show downtown tomorrow.

Andy Siradakis and Arthur Vachon are behind Cars & Coffee Grand Rapids, a group of car owners who meet at various West Michigan locations to display their cars to the public.

The group will show off a collection of more than 60 exotic, hot rod, high performance and European cars under the Market Shed at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, at 435 Ionia Ave. SW, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Car owners will be on hand to talk with people about the cars and answer questions.

Simpatico will offer coffee specials to coincide with the event.

An outdoor bar will also feature beer, wine and auto-inspired drinks, such as the High Octane, made with cold-brew coffee.

Founded in 2015, Cars & Coffee Grand Rapids is modeled after “very successful” weekend car events that take place throughout the country from Irvine, California to Palm Beach, Florida, where up to 2,000 vehicles per event are on display.

The local registration-only group was formed to “create a venue for high-end vehicles and their owners to meet and share stories, ideas and our passion of high-end automobiles without spending the entire day or weekend at a car show,” according to the Cars & Coffee Grand Rapids website.

Siradakis has been in the auto industry for 15 years and has customized vehicles for several professional athletes, celebrities, musicians, top automotive executives and television shows, the site says. He is currently building a feature vehicle to reveal at the 2016 SEMA Show.

Vachon was the prior owner and operator of Modified FX until 2007 and is an active member of the Porsche Club of North America.

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