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How do local car enthusiasts spend their Saturday mornings? They turn out for the Saturday morning “Coffee & Cars” at Hunt Valley Towne Centre.

Although the Best Buy in Hunt Valley Towne Centre is closed, the parking lot is full most Saturday mornings.

The cars, however, are not your average grocery getters and minivans. For more than a year, car enthusiasts have been gathering to show off their passion.

From 8 to 10 a.m., the car-curious can gawk at a wide variety of vehicles: American muscle cars from the ’60s and ’70s, Corvettes, original Mini Coopers, Porsches, Panteras, customized pick-ups and more.

“Coffee and Cars” was started by Rich Williams, who was recovering from a back injury and “needed to find a worthwhile task to occupy the recuperative hours after the workday was over.”

After two months of planning, the first event took place March 31, 2012, and the gatherings have been going strong ever since.

According to Rich’s Facebook page, the one-year anniversary event had over 850 cars on display and brought over 2400 spectators. Now, some of the local eating establishments are even bringing the coffee to the cars.