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40th Anniversary Race--Time Trial September 8-9

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Some pics from the Saturday session at Willow Springs. In a word, it was HOT! Hot cars on the track and an intense bright sunny day at the racetrack. There was a lot to see in the paddock area. What a brilliant sound the Tipo 33/12 when coming down the front straight!

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Dr. Sampson spoke at the banquet last night.

Fun time, even if my Super leaked so much oil I decided not to run after the first session. There were plenty of others oiling down the track without my help. In some ways, not driving, I had a better time than ever. I had tons of time to socialize, look at cars, help with problems, just hang out. Other than the heat, which was really something, I had a great time. The banquet went quite well.

Thanks to all (Paul, Anthony, others) who put on this event, and to AROSC in general for the decades of this program.

Here are a couple pics. The Santo/Dirk/Afshin lineup in front of the garage, the 8C, the Tipo 33 and its adoring crowd; check out that wheel nut tool! Factory! Imagine what a similar Porsche tool would look like.

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A video of the Tipo 33 lapping:
and some pictures of it in the pit...
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Wow!

What a great weekend!

Paul, you and your crew did a great job of assembling a bunch of great cars and people, and throwing a hell of a party! Well done!

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Whew. We did it

THANK YOU TO ALL ALFISTI WHO CAME OUT.
The weekend surpassed my wildest dreams. Here are some numbers:
Alfa Cup Race: 21 Alfas in the Qualifying race on Saturday, 18 in the Alfa Cup Race on Sunday. Peter Giacobbi was the winner. Nobody can remember that many Alfas in a race for many years.
Alfa Cup pace car: Doesn't every Alfa club have an 8C Competizone????
Time Trial: 20 Alfas in our 3 groups.
Group Photo: We lost count after 70 Alfas in the photo. Centerpiece was Joe Deloretto’s T33/12 that was on the track for a few hot laps afterward.
The Dinner: 125 of us got to listen to John Samson, Alan Ward, Ric Clemente and John Green tell us some the history of AROSC.
Hot: Yes it was hot all weekend. 100deg +.

Some of my thoughts:
On Saturday, our big day the Alfa Paddock had "swarms" of people with cameras. My wife, Mary, thought it looked like the paddock at Monterey.
The weekend was a family reunion. Old friends, and lots of new ones. I got a chance to meet up with Alfisti from all over the West Coast: several drove down from Washington, came in from New Mexico and Arizona.
I heard the stories of how AROSC helped sponsor a Trans Am team with help from AROC and Alfa Romeo.
How a club member got a call from ARI one day for help in getting rid of some new cars; a GTA, a TZ and a few spiders.
How 5 members in the early 70s wanted to do something besides racing around cones and got this Time Trial thing started. We think we were the first club on the west coast to rent race tracks like Riverside and Willow Springs for time trials.
How overwhelmed I was with the support of the AROSC Competition Board in putting this thing together. We had to add to a crowded schedule to fit in the Lunch Time Drive + group photo + T33/12 drive and a separate Alfa Cup Race. Then a dinner for 125, sell T-shirts and stuff, as well as conduct our normal time trial and race with about 60 other cars.
Thank you to all who came to race, time trial, and just look around.
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So how does this sound:
51 years as a club / 41 years on the track"

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Thank you for the help.

A separate page for my thank you list.
Terry Watson, Mike Easterman, even though not Alfa Owners, made this event a priority. We all spent hours of phone calls and emails.
Paul Ellis, Dir of Tech, to bend our racing rules to make sure the vintage VARA and CSRG Alfas made it to the grid. Our club rules are more strict.
Sheila Kutkis and Margi Brown-Orozco who made the banquet happen. RSVP for 125 and then handle the last minute cancells and adds; handle the finances and pre-print name tags; dream up and place the table decorations; "herd kittens" to get us all seated then fed and made sure the awards were there.
Sheila, again, for handling the paperwork of waivers, etc for the 25 Lunch Time Drive cars.
Joe DiLoretto who brought his T33/12 and crew all the way out to the track for a few hours and 6 hot laps for us to enjoy. That was a long drive but he wanted to share the car with us Alfisti.
And to Anthony Rimicci, the co-conspirator for this event. He made the Alfas show up. He made the phone calls. He really made this weekend work.

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Banquet pics

While I didn't bring a car to enjoy the on-track festivities, I did make it to the banquet to hang out with the AROSC crew. Good food, great friends, and a whole lotta retelling of stories (old and new).

Here are some pics from my camera.

Thanks to Paul, and Anthony, and the friends in AROSC for making this weekend be as fantastic as it was!
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Norm, sure you need that second helping? (just kidding!)
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Some customary words before recognizing all the co-conspirators of the weekend. Anthony receiving the sportsmanship award, presented by Lucas Oils.
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Finally, Alan Ward taking the us down memory lane, as to how this all began ... 40 years ago! Good times!
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Unbelievable!!!!!

To all who organized this amazing event, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Being a "professional volunteer" I know how much detail and planning it takes to pull something like this off, and you people did it with incredible brilliance.

I had a great time and got to reconnect with some of the AROSC members that I knew 25 years ago, and met many new ones.

Best of all, this was my first race weekend and I had fun and hopefully stayed out of everyone's way while I was learning my car and the track.

Once again a big thank you!

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Photos from the track - Caliphotography

The track photographer, CaliPhotography, got some pretty good photos of us.
You will have to create an account to see them at his site:
CaliPhotography > Willow Springs Raceway
We have no financial deal with him, just want to support race track businesspeople.

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More 40th Video

A video of the event is being edited.
Stay tuned.

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Event RESULTS have been posted on the AROSC competition website.

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