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Scott Steepleton, Editor
6:34 pm PST March 8, 2021

Organizers called it a “smaller, more intimate” group of cars.

But did this weekend’s Malibu Autobahn 5100 Rally — 51 exotic cars on a 100-mile driving event that ends in Malibu — add to traffic woes in its namesake locale?

Or was it some other group that drives up and down Pacific Coast Highway, stopping off at Malibu Country Mart?

Perhaps it was a combination of several groups.

Whatever brought cars to town on Sunday, local officials apparently got an earful over it. And on Monday, they issued a statement telling residents they, too, are frustrated.

“Hundreds of vehicles caused widespread traffic disruption and unsafe road conditions” during an “unpermitted, privately organized car event,” according to the statement. “The city receives numerous complaints annually about these types of events, which have become increasingly common in recent years, and have only grown since the pandemic started.”

“We understand the frustration these events cause our residents and have worked with the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff's Station to make sure they know that these events are a real public safety and mobility threat that require attention.”

Matt Myerhoff, the city’s media information officer, told Surfside News the source of the complaints is not clear.

We did not call it out by name because … oftentimes there’s more than one group or a nebulous group,” he said.

Prior to the pandemic, the city partnered on the twice-monthly Malibu Cars and Coffee event at Bluffs Park.

“City staff worked to ensure the events were always safe, family-friendly, well organized, properly permitted, and did not involve racing or car clubs,” according to the city.

Cars and Coffee is, for now, on hiatus.