Rise and Drive – June 2016

    This past Sunday (June 5) was the second event held by Rise and Drive for 2016, and was held at and sponsored by CCG (Collectors’ Car Garage).  Also sponsoring was local dealer Mancuso Motorsports, who provided the coffee, as well as brought along a slew of great cars to display.  Rise and Drive have been holding meets for some time now, in the Soldier Field lot, but this is the first year it has been hosted at Collectors’ Car Garage.  For those unfamiliar with CCG, it is a facility on Chicago’s north side in the Roscoe Village area, that acts as a country club for car people.  Membership in this country club grants you access to many benefits, but the ability to store your precious automobile in their beautiful facility is perhaps the foremost.  Beautiful is an understatement here; this is every petrol head’s fantasy garage.  High gloss epoxy floors, a huge airy space with ample lighting, and surgically immaculate; anyone would love to have a garage like this.  Storing a car here is like leasing space in an automotive museum, the staff caring for the precious contents around the clock.  Ever see Jay Leno’s garage and feel jealous?  You can obtain membership here, and have the same feeling at a fraction of the cost.  Chicago, as with many large metropolises, is not necessarily an easy place to own and preserve great cars; with CCG’s facility so central in the city, I can see how it presents a great value to the many petrol heads that call Chicago home.  Indeed, in certain areas of the city, having this kind of storage is not feasible or even possible, so kudos to CCG for filling that need.

BMW 1 series M with the incredible BBS FI-R wheels.

Doesn’t get much better than a white Integra Type R with JDM front end conversion.

Vintage British at it’s finest, a Morgan 4-4 was on display, perfect top down weather.

This MG had a Rover V8 shoe-horned under the bonnet, quite impressive!

          I have to admit to a certain amount of joy seeing an event and facility like this within the city.  For a site named Chicago Car Life, it is obviously a point of pride to be able to cover an event actually held in Chicago proper.  What a great event it was too. As is often the Chicago way, it was absent any pretentiousness and full of folks who obviously share a common love for things automotive.  Also like Chicago, it was a varied and diverse crowd of both people and cars.  It was a perfect morning to stroll around the outdoor area and peruse the cars on display, and even talk cars with some cool people.  It didn’t hurt that it was sunny and a pleasantly warm day as well.  I really enjoyed this Rise and Drive event, and I will definitely make it a point to attend more in the future (they are held once a month).  If you missed it this time around, there will be another on July 3rd, I highly recommend a visit!

What a treat, Ford RS200, a mid-engined psychopath birthed from the Group B era of rally racing.

A pair of german legends, both with racing in their DNA.

An actual race car, this Porsche had the battle scars to prove it.

So much automotive goodness fills this image, but this Miura was center stage and hard to take your eyes off of.

-photos and writing: Robert Sixto

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