Cars & Croissants Cedar Knolls NJ November 7, 2015

Non-ride Report: Cars & Croissants Nov. 7, 2015

Shop Rite parking lot, Cedar Knolls, NJ

As usual, there was an amazing variety of vehicles at the Cars & Croissants meetup. These pictures are only the ones that I deemed “interesting.” There were tons of pedestrian Porsches, BMWs, etc.

Countach

Lamborgini Countach

 

Pantera 1

DeTomaso Pantera. This was my dream car when I was in high school. Mid-engine American V8 meant to show those EuroTrash how an exotic car could be built.

 

Pantera 2

The Pantera’s wing is a beuty of 1970’s excess!

 

American 1

The Morris County C&C has everything, not just european exotics. Here is something ‘Murrican. There were a lot of Corvettes, Mustangs, SRTs. Oddly not a single Camaro!

 

Steamer

Not only “modern” cars either; this Stanley Steamer was driven in from 20 miles away under it’s own power. It burns Jet fuel! (closest thing to the whale oil it was originally designed to use, apparently)

 

Panoz 2

This is a Panoz… Roadster? Not an Esperante. They use a Ford V8. There was a Saab dealer about 10 minutes from here that actually sold these things new a few years ago.

 

Panoz 1

IMO the Panoz is so ugly it’s cool.

 

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Obligatory Cobra. This one is a Superformance.

 

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SBV8

 

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What is this? It looks a bit too long to be an…

 

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An MG? I guess. Is it stretched?

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Holy crap! Yes, it’s stretched. To fit a Jaguar 4.2L V12! No wonder it sounded like Satan’s Chariot!

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This MG is an unbelievably beautiful FrankenCar. THIS is why I come to C&C!

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Ferrari…

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Ferrari…

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Ferrari… (yawn) there were a few others… not worth posting photos.

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(snore) another Ferrari WAIT WHAT?!?!?

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This is apparently real. Not a replicar. That is an honest-to-god ~$3 Million original Ferarri… ummm… Daytona or something? Sitting in a Shop Rite parking lot along with other more pedestrian cars.

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Obligatory Ferrari motor shot.

Below: a bevy or britcars. By no means a comprehensive photo list. There were several Austin-Healys.

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HOLY UNICORNS! An Ariel Atom?

Noooo. It’s actually a Superlight sometin’ sometin’. Made in the USA and shockingly street legal in NJ.

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Engine bay shots. Forgot to ask what was inside.

More British Iron:

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That’s a TV-fookin’-R

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TVR Engine bay.

No Britcar section would be complete without a batch of Lotii (Lotuses?):

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Early Esprit

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Later Esprit Turbo

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Exige

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Who brought this POS 2007 Elise Type 72D with a Sector111 Katana-2 Supercharger? It looks filthy, like it was autocrossed two weeks ago and not cleaned.

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Aston Martin Vantage

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The Aston has a gorgeous leather interior. I want to roll naked on those seats.

Here are some of the other cars I found interesting. This is by no means comprehensive; the turnout of diverse vehicles was truly amazing!:

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Something American that I didn’t identify, but it had…

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FABULOUS WINGS!

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NSX

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Lancia. There was at least one other Lancia and a few interesting 1980’s Alfa Romeos (one GTV6 that I recognized from previous C&C events, that had been race-prepped)

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Something old I didn’t identify. Scott Colby said it was a Rolls, I think.

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Another Unicorn: Tesla Roadster, pre “Model S” era

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Tesla batteries.

What is more American than a Dodge Viper? I Dodge Viper with a fuckin’ squinting eagle painted on the inside of the hood!

 

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Nicely race-prepped BMW M3

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Fiat X-1/9. I have a soft spot for these. Love mid-engine 4-cylinder rust buckets.

 

That’s it. It’s amazing how many interesting cars live in the Morris County NJ area, and how cool a plain C&C event can be, even on an overcast November day. Sure, when they run it at Paul Miller Porsche they get a bigger turnout, but it’s mostly plain-jane Porsches and Ferraris.

 

 

 

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