Caffeine & Machine is a new automotive-themed café and art gallery which opens in Stratford-upon-Avon on 27 October.
“It is the beginning,” says Phil McGovern, founder of Caffeine & Machine. “We are inviting people down to come see it and try to understand what we are doing because it is quite a difficult thing to understand when you see it digitally.”
McGovern claims: “I am all about inclusion. I believe that as long as you have a love affair for a key, adventure, and mobility, you are invited. It doesn’t matter what culture you are from, or what your religious background is, or how big your wallet is, it does not matter. As long as you have a passion for the product, you are invited.”
It is conveniently situated in the middle of the country, close to many remarkable automotive locations. “This place came from a desire to create a home for the enthusiasts,” says McGovern. “I spent a lot of time trying to find this place and no one had ever done a bricks and mortar for the car industry, so it was just a dream. We chased a dream, that was it. Simple.”
The location will be hosting various events throughout the year. In the beginning, the focus of the events will be set on cultural machinery and later, events will be tailored more specifically. McGovern says: “there is a lot of skill in our community that’s dying, it is not being passed. You need the people who have done it before you to explain the highs, the lows, the pits, and were going to do the same with photography, welding, engine building, all the way up to understanding battery technology and autonomous design.”
McGovern has a long history of working in the automotive industry, all over the world. His passion for cars started at a young age and kept growing as he was introduced to many inspiring people in the industry. He founded Caffeine & Machine whilst he was out in Dubai and decided to set a base for it in England. He continues to plan the organisation’s growth for the future and plans to expand to different countries with varied and unique offerings.