Report from the road by Fred Frey in Holland:
Assen, Netherlands - Saturday May 5th 2012
For 3 days prior the Spettacolo Sportivo the rain fell and wind was blowing. Things were not looking good for dry weather over the weekend - but this is Holland after all and you have to expect wind to keep the mills turning for the tourists.
Upon waking Saturday morning the sun made a rare appearance but was not able to raise the tempture much. We ventured off in Cor's beautiful blue 74' Euro spec GTV 2000 around noon hoping to enjoy the warmest part of the day. After a short detour (getting lost) we entered the Aseen TT circuit and noticed a smaller quantity of cars then previous years but the quality was still remarkably high. This year the Giulia sedan was the featured marque as it is celebrating it's 50th anniversary - many fine examples were present parked in the paddock.
Inside the paddock garages were set up various merchants selling Alfa related parts -both new and used, clothing and Italian food. I was able to find some original FISPA fuel pumps and filters to keep as spare and a front heart grill for a buddy.
The cold winds were blowing hard around 5pm so we jumped in "Blue Bert" (cor's GTV) and when home with thought of strong Belgian beers on our minds. We plan to return on Sunday to pick up some more parts and see if any additional cars are on display.