My inexact science points to the year 2008 when I, along with my driving cohort Larry, took over the planning for our “Sunday morning breakfast drives”. With only a few exceptions, we have stayed with this tried-and-true formula in the ensuing 14 years (I cannot believe that number as I type it). At the same time, L. and I are also always discussing ways to mix it up, and credit goes to him for the combination idea of a weekday drive followed by a midday food stop.
And so we selected Thursday Sep. 15, 2022, for our first-ever such event. Six brave souls (which can also be read as “six guys who are retired or are otherwise available”) showed up. Although the number was small, 3 of the 6 vehicles were new to us. Our destination was the Empire Diner in Monroe, NY, a previous breakfast destination, where we were able to be immediately seated up our noon arrival. The food was great, the service even better, and after our usual kick-the-tires parking lot session (including someone offering cash on-the-spot for Larry’s Chevy), we were headed back home.
Was it a success? It was, yet at the same time, we both recognize that there are still a number of our car buddies for whom any such gathering needs to be on a Saturday or Sunday. As I see it, we can add the weekday lunch idea to our arsenal for occasional deployment as we see fit.
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6 thoughts on “Thursday Lunch Drive, Sep. 15, 2022”
It seems that I finally have my Commerciale running reliably. I you venture to drive towards Pa I might be able to join you. I am not confident enough yet to drive upstate NY Per
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Hi Per, nice to hear from you! If we ever organize something more local to you, I hope you would be able to join us! Best, Richard
The event was a “success”. You provided an opportunity for like minded people to get together for a few hours. That achievement is priceless. I like the collection of scars that appeared too.
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Hugh, thanks for the comment! You are always incredibly supportive of our efforts. I really hope to see you at the next one, which should be on a weekend! Best, Richard
It looks like you all had a great time. I thought I recognized Ken’s 911 as well as your Miata. I particularly like your zip out rear window. I look forward to the time when I can take mid week excursions.
Hi Chris, nice to hear from you! Your ears must have been ringing: Kenny Z and I were talking about you and the fact that you helped him find that Porsche. He’s owned it for a long time now (and as you’re learning, time really flies the older you get). The Miata I have owned since 1996; that zip out rear window is factory and a really nice way to drive the car. Would love to catch up in person some time. Stay well! Best wishes, Richard