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Looks like that Giulia is just about to overtake that Dodge.
More like a Zagato bodied Maserati with a V10 Viper engine.
With Alfa enthusiast Ralph Gilles in charge of the next Viper, I would not be surprised to see some TZ3 influence. Rumor is that it will use an 8C chassis just like the TZ3, but a new engine.
 

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Zagato bodied viper.
 

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Given the solar activity this year, what are our chances of Aurora views (at the convention, whilst in Canada) ?Good, fair, none? For us lower latitude visitors, this could be a real treat (This is a bucket list item!)...)
Um, wrong season; need ice crystals in the air. We see occasionally see them in Michigan. Maybe you took the Canadian Women poster too seriously?
What? That's not even half wrong, it's ALL wrong.

The Aurora occurs at over 50 miles altitude [80 km is about the lowest observed; 100 to 130 km is typical; aurora have been observed over 500 km]. It's the result of solar ions spiraling in the earth's magnetic field, colliding with the very thin atmospheric oxygen (mostly, some others) at near-orbital altitudes. It occurs based on ions in the solar wind, solar flares, and CME's. The problem with seeing them in June is that the sky is light late into the night; the Aurora are VERY faint whenever they occur. That's why they are almost never observed in the daytime, even though they are nearly permanently occurring at both poles from solar wind ions (really weak and faint). Flares and CME's are producing some pretty spectacular displays because of the high level of solar activity, but it's still DIM! I mean, there really is NOT much atmosphere at over 100 km!

Ice crystals, and any atmospheric water vapor is limited to the tropopause [actually defined by the local limit of water vapor], which varies from 10 to 15 km, or 36,000 to 54,000 feet. If you said that observing Aurora requires very clear air (because it is so dim), which often occurs on cold winter nights, you'd be much closer to correct. But it has nothing to do with ice crystals, carbon credits, or most everything else.

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Hotel Reservations

Our Convention hotel reports that there are only three rooms left from our initial block of rooms. We have asked them to add more rooms and they are working on it. These additional rooms are likely to go quickly as well. If you want to stay in the centre of the Convention action,you are advised to book your hotel rooms without delay. Visit the link below to make your reservation and take advantage of our special Convention discount before it expires.



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I made my hotel reservations today and had no problem getting the convention rate.

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Andrea Zagato to be Special Guest

May 1, 2012. We are pleased to announce that Andrea Zagato will attend Alfa Canadese. If you drive an Alfa and have never heard of the coachbuilder Zagato, you must have been driving on the moon. Zagato have been making the coachwork for the most exotic Alfas since the early 1900's right up until our feature car, the TZ3 Stradale.

The company was established at the end of World War I by Ugo Zagato. After working at the Anselmo aircraft factory during the war, he put his knowledge of aircraft industry construction techniques to use in the expanding market for passenger vehicles. Zagato's cars were advanced in design and became synonymous with light weight and excellent aerodynamics. Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia immediately realized the advantages of his rakish, streamlined designs. A collaboration followed which saw the creation of a series of legendary racing cars, such as the Alfa Romeo 6c 1500, then the 6c 1750 Gran Sport, and the 8c 2300. After World War II, Zagato was very much active in the new GT racing category. Avant-garde styling, together with light weight and wind-cheating lines were the main features of Zagato's models for the leading sports car manufacturers of that era - Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Abarth, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Bristol. In addition to cars that have been produced officially in small series, the company has also built exclusive one-offs and prototypes for other illustrious marques, such as Ford, Jaguar, MG, Rolls-Royce, Rover, Spyker and Volvo.

Andrea is the current head of Zagato following in the footsteps of his father Elio (1919–2009) who became involved with the company in the late 1940's and his grandfather Ugo, the founder of the company.
 

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What would be the best GA airport to fly into near the hotel?
Ciao, Joe Faherty
Joe, not that I've tried any of them out but Billy Bishop City Airport, but that's the one I'd recommend. Where else are you going to be able to fly base leg going right at the CN Tower? They have Customs there too. Hamilton might work nicely too. Hamilton is not the closest, but they have a nice aviation museum.

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Gentlemen Drive Magazine Free for All Convention Registrants

May 18, 2012

We have managed to secure a supply of last summer’s special Zagato issue of Gentlemen Drive, an exceptional Euro-magazine with an exclusive approach to automotive fashion, design, engineering and photography. The issue we have in hand includes articles on our featured car, the TZ3 and the 8C Competizione and features an interview with Andrea Zagato, our special guest. We have enough copies that each convention registrant will receive one. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
 

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Jim Kenzie to be Banquet Keynote Speaker

May 29, 2012. We are pleased to announce that Jim Kenzie will be the Keynote Speaker at the Gala Banquet on Saturday, June 23 at Alfa Canadese, this year's annual convention of Alfa owners.

Jim Kenzie is Canada's foremost automotive journalist. He has been Chief Auto Reviewer for The Toronto Star's Wheels section, Canada's leading automotive publication, since its inception in 1986, and also maintains a blog on Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat.

He appears on Kenzie's Korner on TSN'S Motoring, Canada's most-watched and most-authoritative automotive television program. Jim's work also appears in a variety of magazines, newspapers and web sites around the world.

He has been an active, licenced, professional-grade racing driver since his early-twenties, and is a three-time Targa Newfoundland Rally Open Division champion.
 

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2012 Canadese Sponser Banners

There were some great looking banners on the wall with sponser names. Joe English's Group 2 was one of the sponsers. They never got the banner. I asked about them at the convention and was told they would be sent to the respective sponsers. Delayed in Customs? The banner would look great in Joe's shop!
 
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