Watching "The Graduate" for the first time sold me on an Alfa Romeo Spider, that and the Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack. (To this day that is still one of my favorite movies.) I graduated High School in 1978 with hopes of someday owning an Alfa. It wasn't until the summer of 2002 that I found my self still dreaming about it. One day, over a beer, my friend and I found ourselves reminiscing about a car he had bought his last year of school, a 1969 TR6. Mike no longer had his car, and before I could say that I never even got mine I thought to my self "what the heck!" It was my turn to own an Alfa. Before making such a purchase I did some research and decided to join the AROC. Finally in March of 2003, with somehelp from the Alfa Auto Clinic I purchase my very own Alfa Romeo Spider. I couldn't have been happier with their efforts or the results. The car is a 1978 Alfa Romeo Niki Lauda Special Edition #78. It was in good condition, a few adjustments and a new paint job was about all it took. Joining the AROC of NY has been as much fun as owning the car. I could tell from my first Sunday breakfast with the group that I was with people that shared my enthusiasm for Alfas. I have learned lots of useful information from other members and have made lots of friends. My Alfa is a pleasure to drive, it's not the Duetto that Dustin drives in "The Graduate", and California is a long ride from here, but I couldn't be happier. I have the club, and I finally have my Alfa!