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Herb Chambers' McLaren F1 and coffee

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  October 8, 2009 04:25 PM

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(Bill Polo/Globe File Photo, 2001)

Very few people have seen a McLaren F1 up close outside a magazine. Even those of us who caught Ralph Lauren's silver example at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts auto exhibition four years ago couldn't see the gold leaf under the engine lid, or contemplate what a resting 250-mph speedometer would look like slammed to the max.

Thanks to mega dealer Herb Chambers, who has a 1995 F1 in his exotic and classic car collection, car enthusiasts can see this supercar very close, and sip some hot brew while they're at it.

As a marketing effort to introduce his 46th dealership in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area, BMW of Sudbury, Herb Chambers is launching the first of what he hopes will be a monthly gathering of "cars and coffee." It's an early morning, no-reservation auto event for cars and motorcycles of any kind (no model discrimination, but preferably not your 1991 Tercel).

Join Herb and whomever shows up (there should be enough, given the McLaren alone) from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Bimmer parking lot on 128 Boston Post Rd. Even though the Bugatti Veyron demolished his F1's once-record 240 mph top speed, there's nothing like a little McLaren in the morning.

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