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Cars & Coffee at Tice’s Corner Woodcliff Lake NJ November 2017

An impromptu Cars & Caffe event this Sunday at the end of November got my toddler nephew all excited about the prospect of seeing some colorful cars on display… He’s been asking about going to a car show since I brought him to the Garden State Plaza mega meet, and the best I could tell him was we’ll go next year. Luckily he didn’t have to wait that long! Also lucky for us Panera Bread was nice and warm and offered some hot food after we quickly froze our asses off checking out all the cars that showed up…

Love how the colors pop! in the gray background of North Jersey winter:

Not the easiest task taking pictures while carrying a kid in my arms… but I have to say it was a great deal of fun, and my nephew loved it!

I especially like the idea that he’s telling his little brother all about his cars and coffee experiences, recreating the scene with his Matchbox cars:

He brought a bag of these along to the show, it was hard to convince him to leave them in the car and look at the real ones on display lol!

Cars & Coffee at Tice’s Corner Woodcliff Lake New Jersey May 2017

No better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than at my local Cars & Coffee. This meetup at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, NJ is always a treat, check out the pix:

I arrived a bit late, after 10am which meant may cool cars were either leaving or had already left… like the Enzo Ferrari and McLaren P1… but the Miata’s were still there, and after parking lot clearing a bit we decided to get them together for a photo op:

At this point it was around noon and everyone was hungry so we headed down to Hackensack to my favorite BBQ joint… Cubby’s!

This place is so awesome… there’s nothing “bad” on the menu, everything is “great!”

Looking forward to the next one!

Cars & Coffee at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake New Jersey November 2016

Last Cars & Coffee of the season at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake was a huge event. So yuge that we had to search for parking in the overflow lot near the bank down hill… it also felt a little less like C&C and more like a weekly cruise night, like those I used to attend every Saturday at the Whiskey Cafe in Lyndthurst, New Jersey. There were people selling cars and not just the boys from the local McLaren dealership displaying a pair of beautiful exotics. But quite a few more pedestrian cars.

Speaking of pedestrian cars there were several Miata’s but for whatever reason we didn’t really get to chat with any of them. Overall a very nice way to spend a Sunday morning.

some pix:

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One final note on the subject of Cars & Coffee events, I really hope they continue long into the future. I know some C&C’s have been disappearing especially on the West Coast in California and it’s a shame. I am really looking forward to taking my 3 year old nephew to a few of these when he’s old enough to appreciate the cars there.

Cars & Coffee at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake New Jersey July 2016

Best thing to do in the summer time, check out a bunch of awesome looking cars on a beautiful Sunday morning. This Cars & Caffe was held at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, Northern New Jersey. Lots of cars coming in and out. Good variety. Pretty neat experience.

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Oooh… spotted another Miata and moved mine over next to it. Went into Panera Bread to pick up a chai late and another MX-5 joined us!

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C’est fini! See you at the next one ­čśë

Cars and Coffee Paramus, New Jersey May 2016

I just went to church on Sunday… it was held in a parking lot of Paramus Towne Square and there were a lot of other car enthusiasts in attendance… Cars and Coffee’s around the country are like a religious experience and I’m so happy to be able to attend one.

Today’s variety was incredible once again. Besides some of the many cars I’ve seen before over the past few C&C’s I’ve attended before, there were some new things to oogle at. I loved it!

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I’m so happy to see a Miata at one of these, even though I still don’t know who the owner is. Maybe next time I’ll get to wash my car before attending so I could park next to it again (my car was pretty filthy with a cover of dust from yesterday’s trip to Lime Rock).

Props to┬áTony Boniello for organizing these things on a regular basis, and while I understand as an LLC Cars & Caffe is a unique name, but that name sucks… just call it Cars & Coffee like everyone else does and enjoy your day!

See you at the next one. (Hopefully)

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┬áwith 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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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.