This past Monday I took a trip down to Astoria to visit my friend Joey T. Joey is a friend of mine from the NY 5Th Gen whom I met even before I joined their club.
In fact, he was one of the guys who turned me on to it in the first place even before I knew that the club existed. And it was only later on after meeting Joey that I realized that he was a Hot Wheels collector too.
It seems that he has been collecting Hot Wheels for over 10 years and had a lot of everything. A lot of everything Camaro that is and besides being one of the nicest people that you could meet, Joey is also one of the most generous.
When Joey heard the story of how I got so into the car that I even got into Hot Wheels and practically everything else that connected with the car he wanted to help me out. And did he ever!
Realizing how many Hot Wheels cars there are to collect and how long it took him to find many of the variations along with knowing that he had many of the same kind multiple times over Joey wanted to help me catch up.
So last Monday he invited me to his garage in Astoria NY to not only see his collection but to give my collection a jump start.
Here is what Joey insisted on giving me. Now that is what I call a friend!!!
Today the 5th Gen’s had their annual Toys For Tots toy drive beginning with about a dozen cars meeting at the Bellmore Railroad Station around noon. From there it was a short cruise to Creedmore State Hospital in Bellerose NY.
Once there we were greeted by a few more members and a New York City police escort. Not only did a police escort make a nice impression for the kids, but it got us through a red light and a speed camera in style.
Once getting the Camaros parked many folks took the opportunity for a photo op with the police, the toys that we brought for the kids or both.
But the big event was when we went inside and got to meet the kids. It was there the kids got to also greet Santa who handed out the toys. The day ended with the kids getting to check out the Camaros in the parking lot.
Lots of fun today. About 10 cars met at the Bellmore train station and cruised up to the Croton Reservoir -definitely not an easy drive considering all of the Sunday traffic, but once over the bridge, it was a day in the country.
I had been hearing that the Reservoir was a beautiful location and the reason that the 5th gen had been there before. As you can see by the first picture were they ever right.
After about an hour meet at the falls, we cruised about another half hour north for lunch. As you can see in the pictures, the weather even cooperated.
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As the first year back in a Camaro continues so do the new experiences. Today was the NY 5th Gen 8th Annual Charity Luncheon. It was held at Butterfields in Hauppauge NY. Actually, as I understand things this event wasn’t always a luncheon, it used to be a barbecue, talk about a change. Either way as with all Camaro events it was a great time with great friends.