The 2022 Hillsborough NJ Memorial Day Parade

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.

Our Master of Ceremonies

 

1967 Alfa Romeo

 

1993 Buick Roadmaster

 

1953 Chevrolet Bel Air

 

1987 Mercury Cougar

 

Ford Model A with homemade oak body

 

 

 

1986 Pontiac Fiero

 

 

1969 Mercury Cougar

 

1930 Ford Model A

 

1959 Ford

 

 

1962 Corvette

 

1946 Chevrolet pickup truck

 

1976 VW Beetle

 

Dodge Power Wagon

 

 

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