Sunday afternoons in Mountain View are pretty low key, except when they aren't.
More than 20 members of the NorCal Genesis Coupe Club met in the city—for brunch at Crepevine—and aroused the attention of the Mountain View Police Department when they parked their 12 sports cars at the 850 California St. parking garage. Turned out that the group wasn't there to race, but to discuss accessories, make-up and even make new friends.
"People wanted to start a group," said Janelle Nuñez, 23, a San Jose resident. "Since the cars are so new there is not a big fan base for them yet."
The NorCal Genesis Coupe Club began as an offshoot of a larger Genesis Coupe online group, explained Mountain View native and now Genesis Coupe owner Sam Sorbo, 24. He shared that about six months ago the smaller Northern California group began to gather around "wheels and food."
"It becomes a new group of friends," he said.
The fact that the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is such a new car model appeals to the members—who travel from places as far as Alamo, Fairfield and Napa. Some had added carbon fiber hoods to their cars, swapped their headlights, added heat extractors or spray-painted their rims—or changed them completely like Nuñez.
The group in Mountain View on Sunday all happened to be under 30. Sorbo said that's probably because the Genesis Coupe was the first new affordable sports car that a young adult could buy under $30,000.
For Nuñez, this hobby is almost a rite of passage. Her grandfather was involved in the low rider culture and she said it was in her "blood."
"I was first into American cars, then European and Japanese, now it's Korean, " she said. "It's fun. I just love cars."
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