Caffeine and Octane: Car show fundraiser helps Philippines



ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Car aficionados who regularly attend the Caffeine and Octane car show the first Sunday of each month on Windward Parkway took a different turn when some enthusiasts turned it into a benefit for relief for the Philippines.

It was called Unleash the Rainbow with cars of all colors lined up like a rainbow, and the public voted for the best car with their dollar bills.

Atique Shah, a Mariettan who regularly brings his Lamborghini Aventador to the car show, contacted some of his buddies about turning the December Caffeine and Octane (see the Aug. 12 article at or go to to do something for hurricane victims in the Philippines.

“We’re just car people who want to do something to let people know we care about them and want to do something for them. So we decided to mix the two,” Shah said.

The result was 25 car owners put up an entry fee/donation and then let the visitors at the car show deposit their vote for $1. Most of the participants were Lambo owners like Shah, but there was a Bentley, a Ford GT and a Rolls to add a little more spice.

There was also a raffle for an iPad that was donated.

“When a typhoon happens like that, it is devastating. I thought this is how we can do something. So I notified all of my car friends and asked them to get involved,” Shah said.

All of the cars were lined up by color to imitate the colors of the rainbow – and maybe some that are not. That was called Skittles Street, and voters for an extra dollar got a bag of Skittles.

Facing them were black or white cars in alternating order. This was Oreo Way. Voters on that side for an extra dollar got a pack of Oreos.

“So we would see which street wins also,” Shah said.

With a DJ and models from the Titan Agency in Buckhead, there was a steady stream of onlookers – and some voters – who oohed and aahed appropriately.

Caffeine and Octane brings all kinds of cars, from those that trade in six figures to some that are simply priceless to their owners.

Chuck Dyarmett has been coming for about three years. He has a spotless 1965 Volvo Sport 455 – an SUV ahead of its time.

“I always liked it, and saw one for sale on Craig’s List and bought it in Alpharetta,” said Dyarmett, who is from Gainesville.

That is typical of the breed. Car collectors often seek a car they liked or wanted in their youth. For Dyarmett, it is a little more than that.

“I’ve got seven cars now,” he said. “I like to work on them. Then I’ll sell one and get another.”

There is no admission fee to Caffeine and Octane. Sponsored by the AJC’s, the car buffs bring their cars on the first Sundays around 7 a.m. By 10 a.m., they’re all gone. The public is welcome to come and chat. These guys (they’re almost universally men) love to talk cars.

Parking is as you find it just south of the Home Depot on Windward Parkway.

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