Stuart Light passed away August 18, 2018 at the age of 71. Recently he had been battling a number of serious medical problems and for several months had been hospitalized. Although seriously ill, he was always reluctant to discuss his illness, probably because his main interest was the car clubs and his friends. He was never married, and considered his car club associates his family.
Stu was a true auto enthusiast. In his early years he was exposed to some of the finest racing anywhere at Daytona speedway for the 24 hour endurance and Sebring 12 hour race as a guest of the Ferrari racing team NART. Shortly after he participated in several club autocross and attended auto races at Bridgehampton and Lime Rock. Over the years he enjoyed his many sports cars including Corvette and FIAT, but his passion was for Alfa Romeo.
He maintained his press credentials acquired when he interned for Car and Driver and he regularly produced articles which appeared in club and auto magazines worldwide. He also held long term membership in many Auto clubs including: SCCA (Chairman of the Planting Fields Arboretum Auto Show), Madison Ave Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society (Chowder), Hempstead Plains Classic Car Club, AACA Greater NY Region and New York Alfa Romeo Owners Club (past club Secretary). As well, he was a contributor and “correspondent” with Alfa clubs in other countries - Australia and New Zealand among others.
Stu had been steadily employed, in various auto related businesses. Later in life his company was bought out and his position terminated. Like our Alfas, age had begun to creep up on him, and while he could be "difficult", to his credit he never uttered, at least not in public, a bad word about anybody.
One of the last things he said was that he just wanted to drive his 1986 GTV-6, (which he had owned since new), one more time.
He was a unique, loyal and unforgettable character, rest in peace.