SLIDESHOW: Caffeine & Carburetors Opens 2015 Season Downtown


Thousands of car enthusiasts joined local families, business owners and volunteers on Pine and Elm Streets Sunday morning for the first Caffeine & Carburetors of 2015.

Sponsored by Bankwell and Hagerty Insurance, the popular gathering of classic and specialty car enthusiasts—founded by New Canaanite Doug Zumbach, owner of the eponymous gourmet coffee shop at Pine and Grove—saw camera-toting spectators, many of them families with kids and dogs, strolling around downtown New Canaan under clear, sunny skies.

“I want to thank everyone who participated—CERT, New Canaan Police Department, all the commissions that approved us, Mother Nature and everyone who is enjoying the show,” Zumbach said, noting that the April gathering includes partners on Elm Street such as New Canaan Library, New Canaan Society for the Arts and the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce.

“Bankwell is pleased to sponsor Caffeine & Carburetors,” said Elizabeth Buzzeo, branch manager in New Canaan. “It’s a great local event and a great way to get people out on a nice sunny day. We’re proud to be a sponsor.”

Also on Elm Street, down New Canaan Music’s “alley,” a band composed of local high school students, Triple Coil (who also played at the NCHS Senior Fashion Show, see them here), entertained passersby with an open air set. Down by the Playhouse, New Canaanite and auto enthusiast Peter Bush of The Fox 95.9 FM—also a founder of Caffeine & Carburetors—through a PA system entertained crowds of spectators during a broadcast.

The show coincided with the opening Sunday of “Va Va Vroom! The Art of the Vehicle”—a new exhibition at Carriage Barn Arts Center (3 to 5 p.m.) to which Zumbach lent his expertise.

The next Caffeine & Carburetors will be held May 10 at Waveny. The town has approved four dates for this year, in April, May, September and October.

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