Upscale, welcoming and fun | Cars and Coffee AMS Tour with Audrain Motorsport

Photography by Tim Suddard, Lead photograph courtesy Audrain Auto Museum

Is it possible to make a car event both classy and accessible for everyone? The folks over at Audrain seem to have figured it out.

This past Sunday, we were invited to participate in Audrain Motorsport’s Cars & Coffee AMS Tour, which comprised of a Cars & Coffee in the morning and followed shortly after by a car rally.

The Cars & Coffee, which took place at the beautiful Aquidneck Club in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, was packed with an eclectic mix of cars old and new. So many cars showed up, in fact, that organizers had to shut the gates as the event had reached capacity.

Shortly after the Cars & Coffee, we took off as part of the AMS Tour, a members-only rally that was led by David Donohue–a Le Mans champ and also son of famed racing driver Mark Donohue. Close to a dozen cars made the trek from the Aquidneck Club to the Bayside Restaurant in Westport, Massachusetts, a drive that covered some 150 miles of stunning Southern Massachusetts back roads.

Overall, both the rally and Cars & Coffee were well-organized and even managed to feel very upscale without getting stuffy. Thanks again go out to Donald Osborne and everyone else at the Audrain Auto Museum and Audrain Motorsport for inviting us and even lending us a 997.2 Porsche 911 4S Cabriolet. (It’s a different experience than our 997.1 Carrera project car, but that’s a story for another day.)

Interested in participating yourself? A Cars & Coffee event is held every two weeks, and you can learn more by visiting audrainmotorsport.com.

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