Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance 2018

Sunday, February 25th 2018
A group of NYAROC members attended the Boca Raton Concourso. This is a yearly expanding event with Jay Leno, Wayne Carini, Tim Allen, Keith Martin  and other celebrity car people in attendance. The field held about 250 automobiles and motorcycles. A limited group of beautiful Alfa Romeos were displayed and a 1948  Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabrolet won its class!

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Alfas at the Glen - Celebrating the History of Alfa Romeo Racing 7/23/2015

This event this year at historic Watkins Glen speedway was a sensational four day affair. We were treated to mucho vintage track events including an "Alfa only" race which was won by Jay Ilohans 1968 Tipo 33/2 Daytona. Also appearing was another 33: Toni Kasemets's red 1971 Tipo33 #50.
The preceding endurance race was won by Joe Colasacco in a yellow TZ1 which took the Nuvolari trophy. There were over thirty Alfa racers which competed in a number of races including the three GTA Trans-Am Championship Alfa's from 1970 ! The GTA's owned and raced: #3 Bernie Martinez, #25 Sam Cummings and #93 Dave LeBraun. And the Peter Giddings 1935 8C looked, sounded and ran amazing. 

Mike Besic ran several beautiful GTA's, Joe Cannella superfast '68 GTV. Tom Lacosta, Sam Cummings and Rob Davenport all ran and showed GTA's. Eliseo Carrillo's #99 '63 green Giulia Spider, tech by Rex Chalmers, was lightning, and Rob Mocas piloted his cool yellow/black '67 GTV. 

A very interesting "barn find" was Ken Geiger's unrestored 1965 GTA Stradale RHD. 

There was also a classic car show, a reception at the Corning Glass Museum, Police escorted racecars, and a wonderful dinner banquet with guest speaker Robert Little featuring his personal slide presentation: "Inside the Walls" of AUTODELTA and ARI Racing! Afterward, Robert was presented with a special memento of Autodelta Alfa Montreal by Dr. Martinez. 

The Rita award was presented by SVRA Robert Mocas who made an emotional speech regarding the late and highly respected racing lady. 

AROC/NYAROC members attending/pit crewing: Joel Belser, Bactosh and Jen, Keith Goring and Vic and Gail. 

It seems that every five years there is a special Alfa Romeo Dedication and this year was it. A fair number of our NYAROC members went up for 2005 and a larger group attended the 2010 event which was a blast. 2015 was great and hopefully we'll all be around to do it again.

Photos by Gail Cerami. 
Text by -Vic Cerami - NYAROC / AROC

ALFAMIGLIA NORDEST - AROC Convention 24-28 June 2015

24 June - 28 June of 2015 Warwick, Rhode Island was the setting of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club Convention hosted by the New York and Connecticut chapters of AROC-USA. After many months of planning the event is remembered as one of the best AROC conventions. 
Here is a video shot for Italian TV (In Italian)  RAI.TV Broadcast

Greenwich Concours d'Elegance - 2015

The Sunday edition of the Greenwich concours was held on May 31st 2015 and featured cars of Europe. Several NYAROC club members presented their cars at the show.

“I Almost Entered the Greenwich Concours”
- By Stuart Light
 
One of the nicest car shows I have ever attended is the Greenwich Concours. I hadn’t been there for a few years…the last time was in 2008 when my Alfa Romeo GTV-6 was selected as an entrant. Unfortunately in years since there were scheduling conflicts. However, I am not currently affiliated with competing car shows on Long Island and this year without any show conflicts I intended to enter my 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider.

I asked one of the show organizers, Maria Jannace how far in advance I needed to submit an application…I was informed that if my application was submitted by mid-April there wouldn’t be any problems. I thought this was great…now I can order a new convertible top, have it installed and have enough time to prepare the car for the show. Then again…when it comes to ordering parts for an Italian car…especially an old one…nothing goes as planned. It took weeks for the top to arrive….the Alfa Auto Clinic then brought my Giulia Spider a few doors away to A & B Upholstery for installation.
            
Mid-way through the installation process it was discovered that the top was not the correct top and by submitting the vin# of the car to the top manufacturer it was discovered that there was a mid-year change in the top design…it figures.

So there I was waay past the cutoff date to submit an application for entry. I wanted to attend even without a car to enter. Since I’m a card carrying member of the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society and the Head Honcho, Bruce Wennerstrom runs thewhole “shootin match” at the Greenwich Concours at least getting in would cost the usual admittance fee.

I left home before 6AM and pointed..or rather aimed my FIAT 500 up the Cross Island Parkway over the Throgs Neck Bridge and onto I-95 North…by the time I exited at exit 3 in Connecticut less than an hour had passed…..parking was easy…not many people were in attendance at 7AM.

I positioned myself at different locations to get a few good photos of cars arriving and then being placed on the field. Not many Alfa Romeos this year…there was Vic & Gail Cerami’s 1967 “stepnose” GTV, a Giulia Spider and a 1900 Coupe. FIATs ranged from a “Jolly” to Vinny Lambroia’s Bertone X1/9 to two Abarth Zagato bodied “Double Bubble’s.

I took a look at the Miller Motor Cars display. I kinda liked the blue McLaren, butthe Aston Martin convertible with the 6 speed manual transmission is a “Stuart car”…something I could actually see myself driving…if I ever won the lottery…yeah…like that’s gonna happen anytime soon (lol).

I know a lotta people really get a thrill drooling over big $ older exotic cars…ya know like a Lamborghini Miura SV…maybe a Ferrari 275GTB/4….perhaps a Ferrari Daytona Spider or an Aston Martin DB 4 or DB5…yeah…I like looking at those cars too. However I’m an old fashioned sports car guy driving a an almost “Pre-historic” 52 year old sports car so I got as much of a thrill looking at a FIAT Jolly, Alpine Renault, an Amphicar...even a “bug eyed” Sprite. Yeah I know…with the exception of the Alpine Renault…the others don’t drive well, but they’re sure as hell fun to look at.

The Greenwich Concours took place about a week ago. I just heard today that a correct replacement convertible top for my Giulia Spider was just shipped to the Alfa Auto Clinic. Hopefully within a couple of weeks A & B will complete the top installation. At least I’ll be able to drive my Giulia Spider with the top down until late Fall when the weather gets a bit too cool to drive with the top down. There’s always next year…maybe in 2016 my Giulia Spider will be picked by the selection committee to participate in the 2016 Greenwich Concours.

Highlight reel covering both days of the 2015 Greenwich Concours D'elegance. What an amazing weekend at the Greenwich Concours D'Elegance 2015. I can't believe the range of cars that come out for this show - and the history and love behind each and every one of them - I'll admit, I was severely overwhelmed.