The Cortile Della Corsa
: Alfa Romeo's North American Convention to be held in conjuction with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix as it's spotlight Marque of the Year
PITTSBURGH, PA. The Three Rivers Alfisti
, the local chapter of the Alfa Romeo Owner's Club (AROC) in North America, is hosting the 2019 AROC Convention which is being called the Cortile della Corsa: The "Courtyard of Racing." The Club has over a weeks worth of events planned including trips to historic Frank Lloyd Wright landmarks, rally tours, a parade into the City of Pittsburgh, which includes a display at the headwaters of the Ohio, and a weekend at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's Cortile Italian Car Show
There are 10 days of Alfa Romeo related events happening for the 2019 Alfa Romeo Owners Club convention.
The pre-convention activities start at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Historic Races
at Pitt Race where there will be historic and vintage Alfa's on the Track. There will also be several Pre- Convention tours which will visit some of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic architecture and other historic landmarks in Western Pennsylvania all the while stretching the legs of the Alfa Romeo's on the byways of the Laurel Highlands.
The Convention itself kicks off on Tuesday 16 July with the AROC board meeting followed by a meet and greet at the Ember & Vine located inside the host hotel, the Doubletree Hilton
in Cranberry Township, PA.
morning, July 17, Alfa Romeo's will parade through the City of Pittsburgh and then be on display at Point State Park, where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the headwaters of the Ohio River. Alfa Romeo owners will take an afternoon tour around the city in vintage 'Duck Boats". The six-wheel-drive amphibious DUKW's, built in 1944 and 1945, will get in the water and offer a preview of the Tune Up Party location that attendees to the convention will enjoy that evening.
, convention participants will enjoy a day at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex for on track "Time Trial" as well as Autocross and some competitive karting amongst CLub members. The event culminates that event at Jergels, starting for with a tech session at Indian Motorcylces of Pittsburgh covering Tuning for the 4C and then moving acrorss the parking lot and up to the VIP Suites at Jergels to be entertained by Three Car Garage.
Friday, July 19
starts off with a Rally through the the backroads of Butler County through McConnells Mill for lunch at Moraine State Park, (not far from where the Jeep was invented) and returning back to the DoubleTree Hilton for a car was sponsered by Meguirs' before heading down to the welcome dinner at The Hisotric Pittsburgh Golf Club to mix and mingle with the Alfa Romeo Vintage Race Cars and drivers.
The Cortile della Corsa Weekend at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is being hosted at the Cortile Italian Car showfield. Saturday
will include Cortile Cup Judgine, Alfa Romeo "Shine and Show" Judging ad wll as the prestigious Certificator d' Oro judging for 98-100 point Concours level show cars. Also on display is the 'Courtyard of Racing" - Alfa Romeo race cars from their very robust racing history. This will hearken back to names like Nuvolari, Fangio & Andretti.
Saturday Evening will be capped of with a banquet for Alfa Romeo Club members at the Doubletree Hilton with vocalist Jessica Lee, who also has a unique role in the preservation of Pittsurgh's Blue and Jazz history.
The Convention culminates Sunday
with the main event: racing! Racing is what made Alfa Romeo became famous over 100 years ago! There is a special VIP viewing area for Cortile and Club Members at Westinghouse Pond, turn 9 on the purpose built street course, with a lunch hosted by JKS Financial and "Wine on 9" hosted by Mazza Vinyards
. It's also the day for paddock tours.