The following photos and text was provided by NYAROC member Griffith G de Noyelles jr.: These photos are from Team Shoestring which was founded one morning at Lime Rock by me, Joe LoRe and John Torello, with "steep" membership requirements: have a GTV6, get it on a race track (HPDE/track days would do) The founders were fairly serious time trialers, and most important, have not nearly enough budget for the car - hence the name. Although we did award an honorary membership to David Rivkin, he did race his GTA after all, so this was consistent with the founding philosophy or actually doing something with our cars.
In celebration of the 100th birthday of the formation of ALFA, the yearly Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix choose to mark this special occasion by making Alfa Romeo the Featured Marque for the 2010 event held in Watkins Glen New York on September 9th and 10th. This great town was host to one of the worlds first street races back in the 1920s and was also the location of some of the best Formula One races at it's grand prix track just outside of the down town. As part of the festivities many of the participants were able to drive not only the fantastic racing circuit but were also permitted to drive three parade laps on the original street circuit through downtown Watkins Glen with cheering crowds! A worthwhile event to attend even if your favorite car is not a featured marque
This was the 1st National Convention I attended in many years and it was a blast. Sorry for all the folks who missed out on the fun. We started out at 10:00am on Weds., with Mike Bange and myself caravanning to Morristown, NJ to meet up with 9 other Alfa’s from AONE, NJ, Ct clubs and one brave soul, Phil, from Montreal who had been on the road since 5:00am that mornng. Mike & I now hold the club record for the smallest Alfa caravan ever seen on the Cross Bronx Expressway!! Other NYAROC members attending the 100 year celebration included George Linton, David Rivkin, George Pezold, Mike Davias, Rob Rizzo, Pino Fiduli, and Gino & John Agostino. We arrived in Frederick about 5:00pm on Weds where we all promptly checked in at the Convention Registration desk. Mike had enough time to have his ’73 GTV tech inspected at the Hotel for Thurs. track events. The time trials were held at Summit Point raceway on a very hot Thursday – ideal racing weather for Alfa’s and their drivers. The track time trials were followed on Fri. with an Auto Cross and beginners TSD Rallye. Besides the regular convention events, attendees were also afforded the opportunity to take self directed tours to the Eisenhower Farm, Gettysburg and a night bus tour of Washington DC. At the Friday evening banquet, we had the pleasure of hearing Jamie Kitman give the keynote address. He had a receptive crowd laughing in the aisles. Jamie spoke about how he had agreed to deliver the keynote address but forgot he had already booked 2 other events for the same day. So after finishing up an early day event, he hopped into his trusty non air conditioned Alfa Giulia TI and made the drive down to Frederick in 95 degree heat in several traffic jams along the way!!! Saturday was the largest crowd attending the convention. Over 600 Alfisti had 200+ Alfa’s on display at the Stone Manor Concorso outside of Frederick. The sight of waves of Alfa’s on display was breathtaking. After the Concorso, a Gimmick Rallye was run from Stone Manor back to the Convention Hotel. The Rallye ran for about 75 miles across farmland, quaint towns and Civil War battlefields. A terrific route. The Convention concluded on Sunday with the presentation of awards. NYAROC was well represented as Mike Bange and Pino Fiduli walked away with Concorso plaques for their respective Alfa’s -- John Catera