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!
An Alfa owner and enthusiast since the 80's, I am still only on my second Alfa--and second Spider! After a 28-year run with a 1982 Spider Veloce, I finally sold it to a collector in New York and bought my dream--a roundtail spider--for restoration a few years back.
A 3+ year project, my recreation of the '69 Spider 1750 was quite a journey, and now I at last have a completely restored car to enjoy. The story of my restoration is described in excruciating detail in several recent CAMS issues for those interested in the process.
ARA is my home for Alfa events and information exchange. The Club is a terrific resource for collectors and owners as well as a great place to hang out and enjoy our cars and the appreciation of la dolce vita, Italian style!
1969 Spider 1750 (USA)
1982 Spider Veloce
1971 DeTomaso Pantera (now in Leno collection)
1971 Volvo P1800 (still counts as Italian cuz body by Frua/Ghia!)
Jaguar XJ13 recreation (RCR)