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Your new favourite place has opened up just out­side Strat­ford-upon-Avon. We went to the open­ing day to munch on sausage and drink in the at­mos­phere…

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We head to Caf­feine and Ma­chine, tell you to buy a Corvette C4 and test your mo­tor­ing knowl­edge with our monthly quiz.

etrol­heads re­joice: we’ve got a new hang­out, and it rocks. Caf­feine & Ma­chine sits just out­side Et­ting­ton, War­wick­shire, and it of­fers some­thing unique in the field of our favourite ac­tiv­ity (which is stand­ing about and look­ing at cars) – imag­ine a sort of up­mar­ket Ace Cafe, crossed with a May­fair pri­vate mem­bers’ club, set in a wood­land sur­round­ing, with the be­guil­ing aro­mas of cof­fee and sausages waft­ing about the place. Pretty invit­ing, right?

The brain­child of a chap named Phil McGovern, Caf­feine & Ma­chine is a café, a pub, a guest house, but most of all a place where you can guar­an­tee that when­ever you drop in for a brew, what­ever time of year, there will al­ways be a se­lec­tion of cool cars scat­tered about the place for you to drool over. It hasn’t been cre­ated for the sake of tongue-incheek nov­elty. There’s no crap Route 66 signs or flashy neon – it has a cool, laid-back vibe, and is im­pec­ca­bly crafted, su­per-pre­mium and yet to­tally ac­ces­si­ble.

We went along for the open­ing day in late Oc­to­ber, and were frankly blown away by the qual­ity and di­ver­sity of the cars on dis­play. We rocked up in a Le Mans Ca­sio-liver­ied Toy­ota GT86 be­cause that’s just how we roll, and were di­rected to park on dis­play among the trees with a Mäki­nen Evo, Hemi ’Cuda, Delta In­te­grale, Bon­neville Oc­tavia, and a 488 GTB. This pretty much sums up the di­ver­sity of the place. And else­where we found hot rods, drift weapons, wide­body 911s, boxfresh SVO Jaguars, rally cars, air­cooled VeeDubs, retro su­per­cars – it’s a con­stantly shift­ing sce­nescape, and ev­ery day you visit will pro­vide a dif­fer­ent se­lec­tion of au­to­mo­tive treats. You should check it out! http://caf­feine­and­ma­

I took my chevy to the levy Caf­feine & Ma­chine This Hilux is MX-5-pow­ered Words & Photos Daniel Be­vis

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