Sunday, November 1, 2020

Weekend Update

Thanks to El Gato Engineering, Port Washington, NY

No, this isn't the "Weekend Update" from Saturday Night Live, although I'm a big fan! My weekend was centered around two car events. First up, the Formula 1 race from Imola, Italy was on ESPN at 7am, so that was a blast to see racing from the track named for Enzo and Dino Ferrari. This was the third race in Italy this year, on three different tracks. While it would be fun to report that Ferrari won all three races, well, they didn't. 

After the race, I headed out to Oyster Bay NY and a local Cars and Coffee event sponsored by our friends at El Gato Engineering. You might have read a blog post from when they installed new springs and Koni shocks on the NMS FIAT Abarth, so it was a blast to get out of the house and check out some cars. This was a few miles down the road from Teddy Roosevelt's house, but I didn't bump into any members of the former President's family. From seeing a car used by Mr. Roosevelt at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn MI, I don't think he was a big fan of the automobile.  Thanks also to a sponsor of this event, the awesome IT Bagel and Pizza of Oyster Bay. Today I enjoyed their hot coffee! I recommend you check them out. 

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One of my favorite things to say is "here's something you don't see every day," and usually it's sarcastic because it's something you NEVER see. Here's two cars I had never seen before, one from Japan and one from Italy. 

Judging by the 1964 license plate, and the badges, I'll guess it's a 1964 Alfa Romeo 2600, with body by Touring, complete with hard top. I haven't Googled it yet, but I'll also estimate that there aren't a lot of these driving around in the world, much less in NY! 

From the days when you could buy an Alfa Romeo car, and
have Touring or another name brand Carrozzeria custom build a body!

Check out the horns, the air intake, and the coolant overflow bag!

Nice center knock-off wheels and driver side mirror

Who doesn't want a red Italian car with tons of chrome?
Ample luggage space with the rack on the trunk too!

Here's a 2nd car you don't see every day, I'd never even heard of the Toyota Sera. This is a 1990 Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) car that was recently imported to the US. After 25 years, US law allows you to import automobiles that were never sold here, and therefore never met any US safety or emissions standards. I went ahead and Googled this one. They were built from 1990-1995 or so, and share many parts with other Toyotas from that era you might have heard of, like the Tercel and the Paseo. The owner told me he bought this from an importer in Richmond VA, check out their website or look for them on Facebook: Japanese Classics

Toyota Sera!

For a 1990 car, this is in GREAT shape. You've gotta love the 
SERA name with the triangle letter A too!

Why the weird window? See the next photo!

I read that these are "butterfly" doors, since they open UP and OUT, 
like the Lamborghini and McLarens. Remember that this is a small
1990 car, so this was some wacky stuff for back then! Look at all the glass
on top and the rear window! 

The best looking Toyota Sera I've every seen. 
And the ONLY Toyota Sera I've ever seen.

Those two unusual cars were the highlights for me, so here's a quick look at some of the other cars. El Gato Engineering does a lot of work on the Focus RS family, and there were plenty of Ford faithful fans out today, along with some Porsches, Alfa Romeos, and a few others. 

FIAT 500 Abarth, more mods than the NMS Abarth had!

Focus RS

325/30 ZR19 rear tire on a Porsche 911
Translation: WIDE TIRE!

Porsche 911

Focus RS

Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV, cool Alfa logo on the side

Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 

This kind of color has gotten pretty popular lately

Ford Sierra Cosworth
Another car you don't see every day!


Porsche 944

I looked all over for Teddy Roosevelt, finally found him!

Ruby, the NMS 2009 base Cayman

And then I ran into TR again!
Ride safe out there everyone!

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