It was as a Junior in college, a classmate stopped by the apartment off campus and asked me if I wanted to go for a ride. It was a nice day and I took Dave up on his offer. I went out the back door and sitting there was a car I didn’t recognize, a white 1750 GTV Alfa Romeo. Dave headed down the 2 lane road by the river and then made a sharp left onto an access road to show me how much fun an Alfa could be. It made an impression. Two years later as luck would have it, my 2L, 5 speed Pinto was rear-ended xmas eve right in front of Grand Central Station. The car survived (the crash didn’t puncture the gas tank) but I was in need of a replacement. Friends from college were home for the holidays and as word spread, I got a call from one, his father’s partner had some kind of Alfa for sale! Well that was 1978 and George Pezold’s 1972 GTV 2000 became my second car, a daily driver. With a new head gasket, clutch and some TLC, she ran like a champ until 1986 when she took the winter off for a fairly complete restoration. By late spring I was putting her back together getting ready for our co-hosting of the National Convention in the Poconos. I took her to the track for some parade laps on Saturday and rinsed her off for the Concourso on Sunday where to my great surprise took first place in class! For the next 10 + years my “ALFETISH” only took to the road going to events and an occasional trip out of town. It was only till the paint took some hits and the fine detailing started to fade did I really start to drive her again. I missed out on many years of pushing her through the corners and running hard, the way they like to run. Tip of the day: Don’t over restore your car if you want to “drive" it any time soon! Being a part of AROC and a founding member of LIROC / NYAROC, I have thoroughly enjoyed the comradely of all the Alfisti who’s paths I have crossed for the last 40 years. They have been there to help and support in ways only another Alfa owner would understand. I look forward to actively contributing to our club and promoting the Marque.
1963 2600 Sprint - in restoration, 1967 Duetto - in restoration
1971 1750 GTV - in restoration, 1976 Alfetta GTV, 1991 Spider - FUN driver!
First up for discussion is the 1991 Alfa Spider. Our Spider has been very reliable since purchase on eBay in 2004. Originally sold in Ohio,CarFAX show s it quickly was moved to the Carolinas. A former owner had the engine rebuilt and repainted in a gorgeous black finish in 2001. Maintenance demands were initially quite light, although I did install a new windshield and a new fuel pump & filter early on. At the three year-mark, the instrument pod was sent out to Palo Alto Spedos for a freshening up. The addition of a windscreen was a blessing for the long ride out to the Detroit convention and the 1000 km tour around Lake Huron. Summer ‘08 fixes: Replaced door panels, spark plug wires and power steering hoses. A shop noted that one trailing arm bushing was a bit soft, so that started a chain reaction that saw most front and back suspension bushings replaced, along with the shocks (Koni Classic) and Springs (IAP). Everything removed and powder coated. She now has a iPod-interfacing Sony radio. The latest addition was a proper factory hard top, which I bought on eBay - again, from North Carolina!
My first Alfa encounter happened when I was around 10 years old. A family friend picked up my father in his brand new beige GTV. The image of the low tapered tail, the 2000 badge and the exhaust note remain fresh in my mind. Ten years later, at the Toronto International Auto Show, I saw a spider quadrifogio. Unfortunately, it was beyond my budget as I just graduated from University and there was no room for golf bag. I came close to buying an Alfa in 1994 when my wife and I test drove the 164. We loved the car but were turned off by the sales person’s attitude. After Alfa left North America, I have pretty much given up the idea of owning one as I know very little about auto mechanics. In 2008, I saw a red GTV6 in my neighborhood and that was enough to ignite my interest again. Thanks to the internet, I found out about the New York Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club, Alfa specialists in Long Island and web sites where I can find parts. Equipped with these resources, I finally purchased the 73 GTV on the internet. When I am not driving the Alfa, I like to build and collect models. I am a regular at the Sunday breakfast. This is a great opportunity to talk about cars and other recent events in the community.
After sending my TR6 to the rust graveyard with over 250M miles on it, I didn't get the "bug" for another sports car until September of 1990, when I saw an ad for the 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce on the back of a magazine. I ran right down to the dealer and test drove it. It was amazing compared to the TR6... what a ride. I ordered it and joined the AROC as soon as I took delivery. My first event at the NY Chapter was a rally. It was great fun. I met the core members who loved the marque and shared their enthusiasm over the "new look" Spider. Since then my wife Joann and I became part of the Alfa Family, attending many car meets and social events. Recently we began having "unofficial" Sunday breakfasts which are now ritual. Breakfast is a great way for members who don't attend events to come and meet a great group of people. It becomes a mini car show, a clinic (we usually have a mechanic or two present) and a good reason to drive your Alfa. On Sunday mornings I encourage all members to come and enjoy the camaraderie of our group. I guarantee a warm welcome and the beginning of many new Alfisti friendships.