Scenic Drive to Nashville - AROC 2016

Each year, the Alfa Romeo Owners club – USA (AROC-USA) hosts a convention at a different location across the USA.  For 2016, the chosen location was Nashville, Tennessee.

These gatherings give owners of Alfa Romeos the opportunity to take a road-trip with their beloved automobiles and meet up with old friends for several  fantastic days of social and car centric activities.

Participants from the Northeastern US are fortunate to have some of the country’s best scenic driving roads to enjoy en route to the Nashville convention.  A group of Alfisti from the North East enjoyed such a trip.  Most of the journey followed the historic Blue Ridge Parkway southward starting from Virginia to its terminus in North Carolina. Noted for its scenic beauty, this “tarmac National Park” runs along the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.  The drive also included North Carolina’s “Diamondback” (NC226A) featuring 190 curves packed into just 12 miles. The route then turned west towards Nashville via incredible The Cherohala Skyway that winds up and over 5,400 foot mountains.

The drive started on the morning of Saturday June 11th and arrived at the convention hotel on the evening of Tuesday June 14th in time for Wednesdays actual start of the convention. 

Thanks to all the participants who took part in this wonderful drive. 
Baktash Bootorabi: 1971 GTV
Michael & Kathy Davias: Duetto
Vic & Gail Cerami: Duetto
Neil Luciano: Spider
Robert & Joyce Rizzo: Abarth 500
Mike Bange & George Pezold: 164S
Roger & Karen Carlson: 2000 Touring Spider
Jim Itin: 4C

NYAROC Leaf Tour – Sunday, October 13, 2013

The clubs leaf tour for 2013 was held in scenic Westchester & Putnam Counties. The route included drives around the lower NYS Reservoir system. Participants in this year’s event included a LI contingent of John & Cornelia Catera, Dino Pappous, Dave Rivkin & Rhoda, Vinny Lambroia & Cheryl, Vic & Gail Cerami, Bert & Peggy Wong and Hayden & Colleen Iglesias. We were joined by Santi Spadaro of Dominick’s European Car Repair in White Plains, Matt Jones from Westchester & John & Maria Dubaz from Ct.

The LI contingent left at 8:00a.m. and caravaned to the Imperial Wok parking lot in North White Plains, N.Y. where we met up with the Westchester & Ct. Alfisti. Following a drivers meeting at 9:15a.m., the group was off on the Leaf Tour by 9:30a.m. The morning started out overcast & cold but improved every minute of the drive. As we headed North, we passed the Kensico, Cross River & East Branch Reservoirs. The Fall colors were spectacular. Our drive took us thru Brewster and around the Middle Branch & Croton Falls Reservoirs. Our caravan continued the drive around the Titicus, New Croton, Amawalk and finally the Boyds Corner Reservoir’s. The latter had one of the most spectacular stone causeways on the route.

We continued on twisty Alfa roads on Rte 301 North and then headed back South on the Teconic State Pkwy which was in peak color. Our drive back to White Plains took us to Emma’s Ale House for lunch.

We were fortunate that the weather cooperated and made the leaf tour a resounding success. A great time was had by all Alfisti.

Special Thanks to Gail Cerami, Peggy Wong & Bert Wong for tour photos