Jacksonville’s car scene has shows and cruise-ins set through the fall

Ashley S. Crofoot

904 Octane update

Jacksonville Car Culture, which hosts the new Caffeine and Octane cruise-in every second Saturday at the Avenues Mall, has a new automotive event set for 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, at WJCT Public Media at 100 Festival Park Ave.

Called 904 Octane, spectators are free. Those wishing to show off their rides will be charged a $10 admission fee, a portion of proceeds to benefit Hunger Fight, which produces and distributes meals to Jacksonville’s food insecure.

As for Caffeine and Octane Jacksonville, previously known as Cars & Coffee, it saw an estimated 1,500 vehicles on display at The Avenues when it returned in July from a 17-month-long COVID-19 hiatus. The next Caffeine and Octane is 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the mall at 10300 Southside Blvd. Admission is free, and the August event will celebrate British vehicles.

Wayne Carini (right) works on the antenna of his 1961 Corvair Futura Waimea at this past May's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance..

TV note

MotorTrend Network’s “Chasing Classic Cars” episode featuring the 2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance premieres at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The episode, called “Back to the Futura,” features host Wayne Carini and his crew from F40 Motorsports as they restore the wild, one-off, center-steer 1961 Corvair Futura Waimea he showed at the late May concours on Amelia Island. Made from three Corvairs, it has 1963 Pontiac Bonneville headlights, a bright green interior with a single central driver’s seat, and two bench seats behind.

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