Just north of the heart of Atlanta, Georgia is the city of Dunwoody. The first Tuesday of every month its population of 50,000 swells with thousands more as they gather for Caffeine & Octane, the largest monthly car show in North America. On average, 15,000 people visit each month. Some are vendors, some are merchandisers, some own the rides and some just appreciate the experience, but everybody is there for the love of Caffeine & Octane. It’s a car show that represents the best of what America has to offer — passion, steel, and perseverance.
Located at the Perimeter Mall, Caffeine & Octane meets rain or shine because nothing can keep real car lovers away! It’s absolutely free to the public and the whole family is invited. Not only can you check out amazing cars, trucks, motorcycles and any other awesome thing that balances on wheels, you can show off your steel baby, too. Caffeine & Octane is entirely free to look or show and opens at 8 am. Roll in early at 7 am to show, get a good spot, and meet other owners. You might want to dress your best in case you make it onto the TV show. That’s right, Caffeine & Octane has its own program NBC Universal. To represent the largest car show in America you have to have a big audience! What kind of cars can you expect to see at Caffeine & Octane? Everything from the rarest of vintage rides to the highest of high-performance cars, to classic muscle cars as well as the exotic and strange. Here’s a look of some recent favorites:
For Classic Speed Freaks — the Lamborghini Diablo
Lamborghini Diablo is one that has made a couple appearances. With only a few thousand made in its 11-year production run, this high-performance sports car tops out at 200 miles per hour. There are comparatively very few left in the wild you to see. Most of them were raced out of existence so come catch a glimpse of this beauty!
A Car that Crosses the Continental Divide — the AC Cobra
Attending Caffeine & Octane means you also have a chance to meet the sexy British-made, American-influenced AC Cobra. From 1961-1968 this Surrey-born roadster only saw 998 of its kind created. To see it in person is to experience the English mod scene in steel.
A Regal American Queen — a 1932 K-series Lincoln
This sleek luxury car slid through the 1930s with elegance and ease. Produced in Detroit and Long Beach, they were made in both two- and four-door phaeton styles.
Not to be outdone by cars, there are some stunning trucks that cruise onto the lot every month, including second-generation C-10s, rat rods, restored FJ40s, off-roading trucks and Jeeps, and even some flatbeds. Custom motorcycles and vintage choppers see the spotlight as well.
The dates for the rest of 2018 are:
- May 6
- June 3
- July 8
- August 5
- September 2
- October 7
- November 4
- December 2
If you get hungry, check out the dozens of restaurants, cafes, bistros, and delis offering food around the mall. Several hotels are close by for your convenience, too. Dunwoody is a remarkable place and it’s definitely worth a long visit – culminating at the party with those of us at Caffeine & Octane of course! When you hang out at Caffeine & Octane it’s more than a social event. You get to meet experts and learn about vehicles you’ve only seen in movies and your dreams. And hey, you may even be able to purchase one! Those who come with their rides to sell place a “for sale” sign in the window so just look around.
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