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.
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)
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:
So plastic… I appreciate BMW i8 for what it is but not sure if I like it.
I think the McLaren owners were taking hot chicks for joy rides.
And some classics:
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.