Update: Event organizer says hi. See below.
Piers 30-32, the hulking, derelict platform in the shadow of the Bay Bridge, is the site San Francisco development goes to die.
An incomplete list
: In 1993, a proposed cruise ship terminal and exhibition hall was nixed due to lack of funds; in 2006, the exorbitant cost of retrofitting the rotting piers killed housing, retail, and a cruise ship terminal; in 2008 an office development fell through; in 2012 the ever-expanding retrofitting costs scared off Larry Ellison
(and kept the city from doling out rent credits to his heirs into the 22nd century); and, earlier this year, the Golden State Warriors bolted from the site, ruining what Mayor Ed Lee prematurely tabbed "my legacy project.
Lee's legacy site isn't just rotting away, however. It is now the home of the biweekly "Cars and Coffee
" gatherings, in which hot cars and the prerequisite scantily clad women in ridiculous heels
are put on exhibition.
The organizers of this endeavor haven't yet returned our messages. But, rest assured, it's not just a free exhibition of amazing cars
and ... more amazing cars
. It's a free day out in the sun, and a chance for you to donate to the Gum Moon Resource Center
. The next Cars and Coffee gathering will be on Aug. 2, starting at the amazing Saturday hour of 8 a.m.
Well, the Gum Moon Resource Center is a worthy cause. Perhaps that's why Lee himself showed up at a past event
, along with Supervisors David Chiu and Jane Kim. All were fully clothed.
One thing you can say about an auto show: There's no shortage of parking
Update, 11:45 a.m.
Craig Fossella, the local organizer for Cars and Coffee, dropped a line. The event is pretty much what you'd think it is: "People come and congregate and bring their cars and get to know like-minded people."
It's free for attendees and car exhibitors pay $5 to offset the rental costs for Piers 30-32. In case you're wondering, the space runs $3,000 a pop for a three-hour event. Following the Aug. 2 show, Cars and Coffee will be monthly and not biweekly.
The car show has a one-year rental agreement with the Port of San Francisco — which, the aforementioned politicos opined at the opening show on June 28, was a good first step toward doing something
with the space.
Fossella, meanwhile, says he "doesn't have a car I'd exhibit. I drive an SUV."