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Cars & Croissants in Morris Plains, NJ Feb 2016

It’s a great time to be a kid growing up in America! As corny as it sounds when I was a kid, little die-cast model cars were the closest I had come to exotics, sports cars, muscle cars, classic cars, etc. Today, I went to a local Cars & Croissants event at the Dunkin Donuts in Morris Plains, New Jersey and the turnout was incredible. By my count up to two hundred maybe 100 cars were on display for all to see, many rotating in and out during the morning as fresh people came in to see what the fuss was all about.

This was like church for car enthusiasts. A Sunday morning get together in a little suburban strip mall parking lot with cars coming from as far away as Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. There were even a few Lambo’s with Montana plates but i’m sure they live in a Jersey garage somewhere and only come out on sunny days.

My goal was to see other NC MX-5’s in the lot… and I found a beauty with abig Flyin’ Miata sticker just before I left the event:

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Mission accomplished! But there was so much more to see… Miatas:

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There were NA’s with the standard round pop-up lights.

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There were NA’s with custom rectangular pop-up lights.

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There were NA’s with custom dual-round pop-up lights.

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There was an NB Mazdaspeed version with the factory Turbo.

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There was also a lot of snow still on the ground residue of “winter”

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There were Motorcycles all over the place.

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Plenty of classic and historic cars in attendance.

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Right hand drive JDM imports like two of these Skylines.

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American muscle, sports and touring cars.

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Italian sports, classic and touring cars.

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Lexus has an HQ nearby and brought plenty of “F” show specimens.

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The finest British cars…

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Lots of fast German cars…

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even American electric sports cars…

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Race cars!

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…and of course Coffee & Donuts… no  croissants though 🙁

But for a kid it was like being in a candy store… I absolutely love these type of mixed car events!

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Who says the Acura NSX is a rare car? Here’s about half a dozen…

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So much similarity between these Italian’s from FIAT.

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I’m looking forward to attending more of these C&C events locally and when I travel to volunteer around the country. What a great way to see awesome cars new and old… variety galore!

Cars & Caffe Bergen County hosted by a Maserati dealer

This sunny Sunday morning I was late for work because of a local car show I decided to take a sneak peek at. The Maserati of Bergen County dealership in Upper Saddle River, NJ hosted a monthly Cars and Caffe event (I guess it’s like Cars and Coffee of Orange County fame only slightly different to avoid a legal challenge for the naming rights or something, sounds better than Cars & Carburetors in Connecticut ). It was a nice day to go cruising around “topless” in the Miata and check out some gorgeous exotic cars.

While merging onto Route 17 driving up to the venue I got passed by a grey NC1 Miata with NY plates… Awesome! I figured that person was also going to the same event, but it was just a fellow MX-5 owner enjoying a drive with the top down going about his business, when I exited the road he continued towards Upstate New York.

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When I pulled into the lot it was fairly full, so I followed a McLaren MP4-12C (it says so on his custom license plate) around the lot looking for a spot to tuck in. And I found it between a Bentley Continental GT convertible and a Maserati Gran Turismo looking thing with fake Italian plates. (assuming they’re fake, Italian plates are typically white)

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The overflow parking lot was full of cars of all makes and models. From your typical variety of Chevy Corvettes, to Ford SVT Lightning, Jeep Wranglers, BMW’s, Porsches, Ferraris of various vintage, some old school Alfa Romeos, a really old SAAB in amazing shape, and of course my Miata.

The main lot in front of the dealership had three (3) yes… three P1 McLarens… the ultra rare specimens that you’d only find on the streets of Monaco or Singapore… yep, we got plenty of them here in Bergen County, New Jersey. I loved to see the McLaren-Mercedes SLR there though it was a bit gaudy with massive aftermarket wheels.

And so a few minutes of walking around, a few snaps and I was back on the highway rushing to the office… back to work. Enjoy the pix:

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So plastic… I appreciate BMW i8 for what it is but not sure if I like it.

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I think the McLaren owners were taking hot chicks for joy rides.

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And some classics:

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I was thinking why don’t the younger kids volunteer in Motorsports from this area of New Jersey and New York City metropolitan area and it’s probably because of events like these. Parents take their kids to one of these cars and coffee events, they get a free brunch sponsored by the dealer hosting the event. The kids pretend to be Shmee 150 of YouTube fame chasing around the parking lot taking snaps of McLaren P1’s and Lamborghini Aventadors, encouraging the owners to rev them up so they see flames shooting out the exhaust and then they go home and do whatever people do on a normal weekend. The event only takes 3 hours of their time, it’s held on a sun shining day and everyone’s happy. Who would want to marshal on the side of the track in the sun and heat for 12 hours a day with the possibility of getting soaked in a random shower, hoping to catch a glimpse of a car you like… but you are explicitly forbidden taking pictures of it or otherwise admiring it because you have a job to do… standing stiff and holding that yellow flag at the ready.

There’s got to be a good way of encouraging people to marshal.