Phoenix Is An Unlikely Hub Of Car Culture – Jalopnik

February 23, 2022 by No Comments

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For one reason or another I seem to find myself in Phoenix, Ariz. at least a couple times per year. We have friends who live in the city, sometimes car and motorcycle launches will be held here, or I’m just driving through on my way to somewhere else with a couple of days to kill. This week I’m in town to visit said friends while en route to Radwood Austin this weekend. Every time, without fail, Phoenix and the surrounding areas (Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, etc.) always seem to be bursting at the seams with car culture.

I mean, there’s an Ayrton Senna mural downtown, for crying out loud.

If you ask anyone where the car capitol of the world is, they’re bound to say Los Angeles, right? What makes LA great? Is it the year-round driving roads, the thousands of hot rod shops, or the wide variety of cars and enthusiasts? All of those things are true, but Phoenix somehow has all of that, plus friendlier import laws, and maybe even prettier scenery. Though the weather does definitely get too hot for at least a few months of the year, so plan to buy something with good air conditioning and an excellent cooling system (sorry BMW folks!).

So what has me so convinced that Phoenix is a hub of car culture? Let’s get started with a few awesome things I’ve seen here.

We’ll kick it off with the easy stuff. Fourtilfour’s weekly cars and coffee is something you definitely don’t want to miss. At the asscrack of dawn every Saturday (and some Sundays), enthusiasts of all types gather to show off their rides at the diminutive hipster Porsche-themed coffee joint in old town Scottsdale. Each event is given a different theme, as follows – 1st Saturday: Porsches, 1st Sunday: Motorcycles, 2nd Saturday: Fast Cars, 2nd Sunday: Aircooled Volkswagens, 3rd Saturday: Shakedown (Vintage European & JDM), Last Saturday: Adventure Machines. There is usually a wide spread of vehicles from inexpensive Japanese sporting machines from the 70s to a Carrera GT or two.

Image: Bradley Brownell

Image: Bradley Brownell

Image: Bradley Brownell

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