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Caffeine and Carburetors Supports the Car Community

In 1995, Doug Zumbach started Caffeine and Carburetors, a gathering of car enthusiasts on Sunday mornings outside Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee. This year, Doug has invited The Piston Foundation to be a charity sponsor and we couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this iconic, epic, car community event.

By Jeff Mason

Caffeine and Carburetors is Epic

Is Caffeine and Carburetors the original cars and coffee? I’ve heard heated debate about the true origins of what has become a weekend ritual for car folks across the U.S. Does it matter?

Those who have attended a Caffeine and Carburetors, or C&C as it is affectionately known, will tell you bragging rights don’t matter. C&C stands on its own as an iconic, epic, and real community event.

It is not a show. There is no judging and no awards. It is a gathering of cars and car enthusiasts, and the cars that gather in New Canaan, Connecticut on four Sundays in April, May, September, and October, are not to be believed. The most exotic European and American sports cars, modern and classic, turn up by the hundreds to roll down Pine and Elm Streets and get a spot before the crowds arrive.

This Is Our Community

So, why will you see the Piston Foundation at C&C events this year? It’s the same reason you’ll see us at Lime Rock Park and other car events across the country, these are our people and this is our community. We’re car folks, working to preserve the skills that preserve the cars that we all love.

Our scholarship and apprenticeship programs will help students and apprentices build careers in the trades of the collector car industry. We’re helping kids find paths to rewarding, challenging jobs that don’t require college degrees and mountains of debt. And we’re helping the craftspeople of today transfer their skills to a new generation.

Support the Cause

Like Doug Zumbach and the beloved C&C, you can help by donating to the cause. The Piston Foundation is the way all of us who love classic cars can help build career opportunities for young people, preserve car craft skills, and create a sustainable future for the collector car industry.

Photo by Jess Marchione and Bearded Mug Media

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