Columbus Cars and Coffee exotic engines roar at Franklin Park Conservatory

Columbus Cars and Coffee exotic engines roar at Franklin Park Conservatory

Columbus luxury car enthusiasts and owners were recently treated to what may be dubbed the region’s most prestigious motor collection shown in the area, hosted by Columbus Cars and Coffee.

Amongst the backdrop of the lovely Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, luxury and exotic cars dotted the roadscape.

Whether guests spent time in the reflection of luxury autos, in Diamond Cellar’s Luxury Watch Lounge, enjoying the array of food and cocktails or the music and entertainment from Dance 614, this event kicked of the Columbus Cars and Coffee season with style — and horsepower.

Mingling with cocktails in hand, patrons could also shop and purchase fine cigars from Columbus’ oldest continuously operated tobacconist, Pipes & Pleasures, and saunter outside.

Outside, guests enjoyed the designs, engineering and luxury marquees of Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Mclaren, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Rolls-Royce, plus a number of specialist racing cars. Some attendees showcased their exotic cars alongside those on display, in the reserved parking areas.

Many were able to catch a glimpse of cars very rarely seen – both old and new. The showing was quite stunning. For the classic lover, there was the nostalgic Audi Quattro on site.

Apart from the obvious standout from Ferrari and Lamborghini, there was the prestigious McLaren P1.

In my opinion, this was the showpiece of the evening, for many reasons. It’s been about 3 years since it’s debut in Paris in 2012, and the McLaren P1 is a great contender for the company in the hypercar arena. It represents the pinnacle of McLaren’s know-how, integrating Formula 1 technology for amazing performance. Setting aside the up to million-five price tag, it can take to the streets at 214 mph, and accelerates 0-124 mph in 6.8 seconds. Wow.

Columbus Cars and Coffee had a successful night of bringing together those in Columbus interested in exotics. The group was created in 2009 by Paul Milligan, with the vision to build a premiere community for exotic car enthusiasts. This event shows that he continues to succeed at that goal.

For more information on Columbus Cars and Coffee, you can find them online at The next mingle event will be May 23 at Byers Imports.

Now It’s Dark photography by Tony Bentivegna, Shelagh Conley and James Thornburg