Sunday Morning Breakfast Drive, Sep 22, 2019

The last official day of summer turned out to be a near-perfect day for a breakfast drive. Pre-dawn, the air remained cool enough for a light jacket; once ol’ Sol broke above the horizon, or in our case, over  the Mahwah Sheraton, the air temp quickly climbed and didn’t stop climbing until reaching the 80s.

(Part of) the morning lineup

Eleven gentlemen in nine different vehicles made the trek on the 22nd. Six of the nine rides wore German badges (I was surprised the group didn’t demand knockwurst and potato pancakes for breakfast). However, it’s a genial bunch, and we heard nary a complaint about our chosen destination, the Hampton Diner in Newton NJ.

On Route 206 in Newton, if you care to visit- book your party here

We set out from the Sheraton at about 8:35am, with Larry leading the way in his Nova. It was a glorious drive through northern Jersey, dipping into then out of New York State. A planned pit stop was undertaken at a BP gas station in Vernon NJ. To everyone’s surprise, Bill’s Porsche did NOT need fuel, but more than a few of us took advantage of the restroom facility. One patch of rough road brought our speed down to below 30mph for a bit, but all the cars escaped unscathed.

Burton demonstrates the ease of dropping the XK-120’s top

We reached the Diner just before 10:30am, were immediately served coffee, and got our breakfast plates not long after. Thanks goes out to our young waiter who seemed to have a pot of hot java available for refills at a moment’s notice.

Bill makes his point

 

Larry collects the bucks

As is our habit, the conversations continued out into the parking lot, and it was past noon by the time the final vehicles began the return trip home. While tomorrow may be the first day of autumn, that should still give us ample time to fit in one (or two) more breakfast runs this year.

Sal’s E30 BMW

 

Bill’s black 911

 

Peter’s red 911

 

Rich L’s white 911

 

Jeff’s BMW Z3

 

Art’s VW GTi

 

Burton’s Jaguar XK-120

 

Larry’s Chevy Nova

 

Your blogger’s Miata

 

Ours were not the only classics at the diner that morning

 

All photographs copyright © 2019 Richard A. Reina. Photos may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission.

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