This past Saturday, May 28, 2022, was my 4th time driving a collector car in the Hillsborough NJ Memorial Day parade. I reported on my drives in 2017, 2018, and 2019; in 2020 and 2021, either the parades were cancelled (Covid or weather) or I was unable to participate.
Participation was again sponsored by the NJ Region of the AACA. In all, about 18 cars paraded along the 1.5 mile route. Driving my Alfa this year, I was joined by a lineup that greatly differed from the vehicles in the 2019 edition of the parade. It was a nice change of pace to see some different cars and meet some members who normally don’t join in club events.
There’s always a great turnout of locals lining the streets. One of the best things about the Hillsborough parade is seeing the throngs waving their flags and waving at the drivers. Pointing my camera out the window actually encourages them to wave more fervently.
Parade speed is below 5 m.p.h., and this is when a manual gearbox car is at a disadvantage. There was too much slipping of the clutch required, so I increased my distance between my car and the car in front of me, allowing me to remain in first gear longer.
At the parade’s end, we did something different this year: the collector cars were ushered into a parking lot alongside the Municipal Building, and a mini car show was held. Parade attendees then got a chance to see the vehicles which had cruised past them earlier up close. The Hillsborough parade, with a starting point only 15 minutes from my house, remains on my annual calendar.
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3 thoughts on “The 2022 Hillsborough NJ Memorial Day Parade”
Looks like a lot of fun, and some really nice cars.
The 1965 Ford LTD stands out for me. My grandfather’s last car was a 1967 LTD, which my mom drove into the 1980s (my plans to restore it never came to fruition). I find the 1965-67 Fords very handsome cars, and I know Ford did their best to tout them as superior quality vehicles. I have to say though, that one must be quite a rarity… AC and a factory 4-speed! Not a combination most folks would opt for.
Hi Mark, thanks for your comments. I agree, it’s a striking looking car, and even more so in person. The unique combination of equipment make it especially interesting. Best, Richard
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