How did my obsession with Alfa Romeo start? Two years ago, I saw a classified ad for a 1971 GTV 1750 in Salt Lake City in the ARA “Overheard Cams.” After looking at photos and gathering all of the information I could, I flew to SLC from Oakland, bought the car and drove it home. It had 25 year old tires and a very tired motor. Was I crazy? Six weeks later, driving home from “Biscotti and Cars”, the motor threw a rod just east of the Caldecott Tunnel and punched holes in both sides of the block. Buying a new block, building the motor, upgrading the interior and chrome, and all of the other restoration work brought me in contact with many GREAT ARA members. Their help was immeasurable. I was hooked!
Since the GTV is finished, I felt a need for another project. I recently bought a 1959 Giulietta Sprint Project car. Body and paint are done, but it needs just about everything else, so this one could take a while! Hopefully, you will see my beautiful blue Sprint in the wine tour later this year!
Enthusiasm for Alfa Romeo cars is truly infectious. The Alfa Romeo Association has a lot of members who enjoy participating in club events. Monthly meetings at Ricky’s Sports Bar in San Leandro are entertaining, often with interesting guest speakers. Events like the Malaya Collection, Keller Museum, Dennis Varni Collection, wine tours and driving tours draw a lot of members. Please join our activities. You will get hooked, just like I am!
A FEW WORDS TO MEMBERS
I have not been an Alfa owner that long. When I was searching for a car to restore, I was also focused on the support group that might be around to help me and that's when I discovered the ARA. Not only is it a great resource but also a source of fun with other people who share the same interests. I've had the opportunity to go on road trips, tour a number of car collections, attend tech sessions, go to the national convention held here in Northern California in 2013 and the Monterey Weekend last year where I met my next new car (above). I look forward to more of these activities scheduled for the coming year and, as this year's Veep again, I'm glad to have the chance to contribute to a club that has been serving Alfisti for over 50 years.
1972 GTV 2000