Wirral Life October 2017 - Page 109

The smiles from the excited children alone when they lay eyes on these amazing vehicles says more than a hundred words, if not a hundred miles an hour. The excited petrolheads gathered in numbers doubling up with their children and partners brought the day to a stop start beginning. Unsure about the early morning weather, it was a great sight to see Richard Clapham from Lexus Liverpool appear in a gleaming ‘fresh from the factory’ Lexus LC500. A beautifully sculpted sports coupé or berlinetta, meaning ‘a body with a sloping roof ’, sometimes sloping downwards gradually in the rear with normally 2 doors with 2 + 2 seats. So that’s 2 luxurious sport seats at the front and 2 shorter bucket seats at the back. You could say it’s Japan’s quintessential vehicle type for an elegant, exclusive and glamorous kind of existence. It boasts 3.5- Litre V6 petrol- electric/ Hybrid or a powerful 5.0-Litre atmospheric V8 engine. This should rival luxury sports coupés like the Mercedes S Class Coupé or Porsche Panamera. The Lexus with its stark and stella styling looks very different from the norm. And I don’t mean me. This grand tourer was proudly standing in front of the Chung Ku restaurant with a large collection of vintage, sports and eclectic 80s vehicles. A mixed bag shall we say to suit all kinds of motorheads. Les Durran (who suffers from Parkinson’s) and his fellow Ford Owners received a warm welcome that day as Cars and Coffee Liverpool chose to support Parkinson’s UK ran by Sarah Green the North West regional fundraiser. Les, who I’m sure we mentioned in a previous article in Wirral Life - arrived in his beautiful Mexico Blue Ford Mk1 Escort in style along with many retro eighties Fords, from a MK5 Cortina to a MK3 Capri all modded subtly under the bonnet. A talking point that day with fellow enthusiasts and modders. The array of Fords certainly would give Bodie and Doyle a field day in the old TV series The Professionals - C15. Special thanks to Roy McCarthy with his wonderful automotive illustrations and his book launch which was on sale on the day - exclusive to Cars and Coffee Liverpool. He donated all his proceeds to the charity. Next is the sale of a pile of Ford magazines kindly donated by Mark Jordan and his son Luke. We’re so grateful to all the members, contributors such as David Gidman from Lamborghini HR Owen, Carly & her team at Tesla and sponsors such as Change Beverages, Lavazza, Auto Renew & OCD Porsche (whom are incidentally also in this month’s magazine) for the two and a half hours meet, raising £400 for the bucket shakers. For more up and coming ‘Cars and Coffee Liverpool’ meetings, check our Facebook group page! Instagram or email: carsandcoffeeliverpool@gmail.com wirrallife.com 109