Genesis Coupe Car Culture Comes to Mountain View (VIDEO)

A new generation of car enthusiasts embrace a new generation of cars.

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."

What do you think about the interest in cars? What was your first car? What car do you wish you had? Tell us in comments!

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Alexandra Sweet Bayer January 07, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Car clubs have been around for a long time so I'm not sure what the big deal was. Back in the day when I owned one I was a member of the Saab Club of America and my uncle was in the Porsche Club and there were other car clubs around too. I guess it probably looked odd to the police because there were so many of the same cars parked together in one location which they probably weren't used to seeing.
Claudia Cruz January 07, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Yes, Alexandra, I think it might have been because they were all gathered in the indoor parking lot versus being parked outside where it's more open. When I got there there were about three police cruisers. The club wasn't getting hassled by the cops (well, after they explained what they were doing), but there were more cops than necessary, for sure. Must have been a slow Sunday in MV!
frenchy January 08, 2013 at 05:17 AM
This was a special brunch meet so we tried to find a location that could accommodate the group and a nice place to eat. But it is true that seeing all the cars together can make people wonder what is going on. Not sure how the cop found us in the first place or if someone reported us, which is funny because all the cars were parked and turned off. Like Claudia said, the cops were nice and eventually got us this article, so it was an interesting meet
Sam S January 08, 2013 at 04:21 PM
When you were a "member" of the saab club of america did you actually do anything with other Saab members, like a track day, or a car show, or anything along those lines or did you just get a keychain?


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