A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

On our way to drive the Ariel Atom at Lime Rock Park, we stopped by the Hudson Street headquarters of the Classic Car Club of Manhattan. At 6 AM on a Sunday, nobody was around—except the cars.

Steps from the Manhattan entrance of the Holland Tunnel, the club’s HQ is a vast open space, dotted with classic cars, supercars and the machinery to keep them alive and healthy. You can see the whole roster of cars available to their members at the club’s website. Until you pony up the funds to become a member, enjoy this quiet stroll through what they had in the shop as John Krewson and I were about to head out of town.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

1974 Triumph TR6

Insert overused joke about not driving this very far from the club.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

2006 Ariel Atom

The club’s Atom is a 2.5 model: the chassis is an Atom 2, whereas the engine is the same Honda unit found in the Atom 3 Krewson drove at Lime Rock Park.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

1975 Ferrari 308 GT4

Look at the wall and you’ll see a line painting of this very car a 308 GTB/GTS—executed by none other than Camilo Pardo, designer of the Ford GT. Which, incidentally, is one of the cars in the club’s fleet of modern supercars.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

1966 Ford Mustang Fastback

Behind the Mustang is John Krewson and behind him are old German and Italian exotica.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

Buckets

Car paraphernalia at the head of a service bay, right below Pardo’s painting of the Ferrari.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

2007 BMW Z4M Coupé

The last car to come with the awesomest engine ever made by BMW: the straight-six 333 HP S54B32, also found in the E46 M3. Behind the Bimmer is the Atom.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

Lewd Signage Above Atom

That rod is what will prevent your head from coming apart should you flip the Atom.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

The Atom’s Headlight

Further proof that Ariel’s supercharged shopping cart is in fact street legal.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

Screws

Cars need fixin’ at times!

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

Toolbox

I spoke English and was allowed to stay. Those with keen eyes shall spot the 24 Hours of Lemons sticker (it’s below and to the right of the flag previously seen on the grounds of the State Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina).

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

The Offices

Krewson knows I’ve got my viewfinder trained on him. Notice artistic paint overflow.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

1996 Porsche 993 C4S

The last of the air-cooled 911’s. This car has one of the sexiest rear wheelarches in recorded history. Also, water cooling is for sissies.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

1974 Triumph TR6

What was I saying a few captions ago about not driving it far from life support? Oh, never mind.

A Morning at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan

1975 Alfa Romeo GTV

Do not approach this car if you’re not wearing a well-cut suit. It will sense your lack of style and expend all the voltage in its battery to shock you into submission.