Wow! What a treasure trove. Bet there is mounds of cool artifacts in there.
Man! You have no idea! Few people have ever had the unbelievably marvelous experience of being allowed into the basement of their establishment. I am certain there are cars and parts in there that even Carlo and Lino no longer recall. Periodically we hear of a particular car being again found there that someone in the NWARC now drives.
What seems one of the sad aspects of the return of Alfa Romeo to this area is that neither of the predecessors and continuing long time supporters of the club were given dealerships. Neither Alfa Romeo of Tacoma (not the "new" Fiat and
Alfa of Tacoma, the new Alfa dealer nor Ferrari of Seattle (the old Alfa Romeo of Bellevue who took over Grand Prix motors -- i.e. Pasquale and his son) were given dealerships. It seems that Fiat first demanded that they agree to be Fiat dealers first to later get a new Alfa dealership. That would be terribly hard for a shop already doing Ferrari and Masarati in large and comfortable volume.
But Alfa runs things its own strange way. Rumor has it that Alfa teamed with a little lightbulb company in Japan to develop a new spider to replace the one Alfa provided from 1974 to 1994, but suddenly abandoned it to Mazda because of a desire to compete head on with Lexus. The result -- the 164 which was indeed wonderful, but which they also tried to sell in huge volume through Chrysler dealers also. But they could not fix them when brought back on breakdowns while in warranty. Consequently, that car brought Alfa the reputation as the very worst of cars and caused it to leave the American market since 1995. But Mazda ended up producing and selling the most convertibles -- the Miata -- that any other manufacturer EVER.
And remember how the literature was that Alfa was going to combine with Mazda to come out with a new convertible. Nope -- turned it over to Mazda agan. Alfa did show a 4C type convertible but where is it? And according to the most recent info (as per last night's monthly meeting of the club) the cost of the new Giulietta Quadrifoglio (i.e. expensive sedan) the cost will be in the $85,000 range or more depending if the company can get it accepted by the powers that be (some 274 or so cars sitting without engine or running gear awaiting acceptance -- or did I hear that wrong?)
Well, I waited 20 years since 1995 to get a new Alfa. My wife says the 4C is like having to crawl into a bathtub while ducking under a lid to sit on the bottom (in a seat a bit narrow for her on the passenger seat), and in the driver seat sitting with legs lying on the bottom of the tub with the pedals at the drain location, and then to get out being forced to put one leg over the edge and dragging the other over so one can sit on the top edge of the tub (a totally "un-ladylike procedure in a dress). So it looks like I will never buy one of those 4C cars to "tool around" in. Nor could I now that I am retired and doing only pro-bono work ever afford the cost of a new Giulietta (if and when it is ever coming here -- Hah! 2016? At least that is better than the old "two years from now" that has been the pitch that kept me going the last 20 years).
So it seems I will have to be content with my old Alfas and drive them until I no longer can. I suspect many many other old guys have in life come to that conclusion. Seems that may be why old Alfa cars are never available until somebody dies and widows sell them in an estate sale. Bummer!
But, maybe Carlo and Lino might have a basement sale. Lot's of cool stuff down there. We must be sure to tell everybody if they do. Keep your eyeballs peeled and greasy.