Cars and Coffee Takes Over Westport Plaza


Credit to Justin Krafft

By Martin Groves

On the third Saturday of every month between April and October, Westport Plaza hosts its monthly Cars and Coffee event, a gathering that attracts car enthusiasts from all over the Greater St. Louis area. With over 300 cars at it’s peak, last Saturday’s event was filled with all sorts of cars, from classic American muscle cars, to Japanese imported sports cars and the latest and greatest Italian supercars.

“People come to Cars and Coffee to show off their cars,” said Kevin Welch, an event attendee.

There is no need to have a certain type of car to attend these events, as they are open to the public. That being said, when a supercar pulls up, they are bound to attract plenty of attention.

“Many people do appreciate someone who would go out of their way to bring a six-figure car to a car meet,” Welch said. “It gives people who are interested in exotic cars something they can look forward to maybe owning in their future.”

There is effectively one rule that governs car meets, and it is simply to be respectful. The reason the car community has access to locations such as Westport to host several hundred cars can quite easily be put at risk by a single person.

“I come to Cars and Coffee because it’s a great place to hang out,” Dev Patel, an attendee, said. “But burnouts can get people kicked out. ”

If anyone does something that puts people or property at risk, all it takes is a couple complaints and everyone gets sent away and aren’t allowed to use the venue again, which is something that has happened before.

“Cars and Coffee is really more than just a place to go look at cars,” Luke Floyd, a frequent car meet attendee, said. “It’s a place to meet new people, make connections and form bonds with all those who are interested in the same things you are.”

The next Cars and Coffee events will be held at Sunrise Church at 8 a.m. on Sept. 3, then at STL Motorcars at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10.