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Manchester car meet location

Popular with avid car enthusiasts, Car Café takes place in a number of different locations all over the UK. Perhaps the most unique location is that of the Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park, which is the location for Car Café XL.

Being so close to the runway, the constant action of planes taking off at Manchester Airport makes for a striking back drop, especially with incredible cars adding to the mix too. Not forgetting the added bonus of allowing visitors to get up close and personal to the legendary Concorde makes this particular car meet unmissable for petrolheads, and lovers of aircraft alike.

The most aesthetic queue ever seen?

Although not officially starting till 8am, there were some incredible cars starting to queue from 7am, with some familiar faces in some familiar cars. With the summer holidays in full swing, the airport runway also had planes queuing to take off. The excitement was building before the event had officially begun.

When the clock struck 8am, cars started entering. Everything from the latest performance cars, supercars and classic cars to kit cars and everything in-between. It was great to see the varied selection Car Café is famous for.

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Impressive cars

Every car show has a few standouts. Along with the cars parked under the Concorde (more on that later) there were more than a few cars which caught our eye.

TVR Tuscan

Parked near the hanger was a stunning TVR Tuscan, which we believe to be finished in the striking colour of TVR Cascade Indigo – a special reflex paint which changes colour when viewing at different angles, or in different light.

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Elsewhere, the Jaguar F-Type is probably one of the nicest looking cars from recent years. When it so happens to be the SVR version, you are guaranteed to witness a pretty incredible sound track too. A standard F-Type sounds amazing, but the SVR is something else.

Kit Cars

Various kit cars made for a fascinating mix amongst the airport backdrop too. Each one being ultra-bespoke thanks to owner preferences and style, whether it was an individual colour scheme or an engine selected for impressive power or robust reliability.

The Classics

Modern classics and retro cars also added to the superb mix of cars. Immaculate was the word needed to describe an example of the Volkswagen Corrado VR6 we cast our eyes over, finished in Classic Green. Another VW sitting pretty happened to be a Mk1 Golf, complemented with some gorgeous BBS wheels, finished in Gold. We even spotted a retro Lincoln Continental, hard to miss really considering its vast size.

BMW M Cars

It wouldn’t be a Car Café meet without a strong showing of BMW M cars, which were well catered for thanks to their incredible popularity. A Yas Marina M4 was indeed first inline in the morning, and amongst the busy show area the latest F80 M3 could be appreciated, along with the legendary naturally aspirated previous generation E92 M3 too – finished in a striking yellow paint finish.

Performance Fords

Imperial Blue; a colour famous for covering a variety of fast fords. We spotted some immaculate examples of the Mk1 Focus RS finished in this legendary colour, along with a Focus ST170 which was set to complete a 500-mile round trip just to be at Car Café XL– seriously impressive dedication.

To finish the eclectic mix of Imperial Blue fast ford models, the now ultra-rare Ford Racing Puma was also on display. Ford only sold 500 in the UK and now finding a good example is almost impossible. This particular example was immaculate, and even had the reg FRP (Ford Racing Puma) to complement the car’s appearance perfectly.

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Concorde car display

Beneath the legendary Concorde, a selection of the latest JLR creations stood out for all the right reasons. A gorgeous Range Rover Velar is perhaps one of the prettiest SUVs ever made and looked stunning parked under Concorde. This was joined by Jaguar’s first fully-electric car, the striking I-PACE; capable of 62mph in just 4.5 seconds, it got enthusiasts talking throughout the event. The I-PACE gave promising insight into how manufacturers are making electric vehicles more exciting, to the delight of petrolheads.

The Porsche brand was also well catered for, with a special liveried Porsche Cayenne, joined by the gorgeous Porsche Boxster GTS showing how Porsche can make a sports car for almost every segment possible.

Two of the latest Aston Martin models were also prevalent, thanks to the incredible Red Bull racing wrap on the Aston Martin DB11, joined by a gorgeous example of the new Aston Martin Vantage. A stunning Ferrari Portofino completed the line-up for the Stratstone group.

A surprising addition to the mix was from Evans Halshaw Hyundai, in the form of Hyundai’s venture into creating a hot hatchback. The red i30 N proved to spark debate at every opportunity. However, you only have to look at the reviews to find that Hyundai have created a superb little car ready to take the hot hatch game to new levels.

As we said, we couldn’t fit in every car from the Car Café XL meet, so why not take a look through our gallery to see if any of the cars catch your eye. Like what you see? There are plenty of events left in the Car Café calendar this year. Why not pay one a visit?

Photography courtesy of Gurd Photography, Zero1Six1 and Mark Barnes.

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