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.
So how does this sound:
51 years as a club / 41 years on the track"