Espresso GT - East Berlin Style Cars & Coffee
Is there any good reason why anyone should get up at 6:45am on a Sunday to drive through Berlin's city centre? Maybe I found one...
By casually browsing YouTube I discovered "Craftwerk" - a stunning looking social hub for motorcycle people located in East Berlin. Since I'm not really into bikes I was really happy to learn that they also host a cars and coffee event called "espresso GT".
Despite the fact that I love to sleep in and that I hate driving through the centre of Berlin, I obviously had to take my big Bel Air out to see what's what!
Allow me to set scene before showing you the cars I saw.
Back in the early 90's East Berlin was a derelict place full of old industrial buildings that were soon taken over by artists, creative businesses or were converted into bars and clubs.
Needless to say, the gold rush is all but over, and gentrification has been in full swing for almost a decade already. Thus, finding affordable big spaces is almost impossible by now. And yet in 2019 Craftwerk was founded.
I applaud the vim of the founders for opening it in a city that gets increasingly hostile towards cars and motorbikes. Berlin's petrol heads are blessed to have a beautiful oasis like this.
The interior is a great mix of the typical East Berlin/urban hipster/industrial style and automotive pieces and pictures. It's definitely a nice place to drink an Espresso Tonic while listening to some Techno music.
Enough rambling! Here are some of the cars that turned up this morning
Last but not least I want to highlight my star of the show. This little 1930 Austin Seven race car...
...which also had my favourite detail of the day: A hood ornament that's also a water temperature gauge. And it still works!
The gauge reads: COOL - NORMAL - BOIL
The owner told me that he's really drag racing it against other classics like real muscle cars on Danish beaches and enjoys taking it to the grocery store occasionally. Absolute hero!