Owner's Club News
For our first OFFICIAL gathering post Pandemic, we will be meeting that the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's Cortile.
This year, the Cortile is featuring Lancia, and it looks like there will be an automobilia vendor bringing some very rare Lancia AND Alfa Romeo collectibles for your home, garage and vehicle.
Just click the button below to go directly to the registration page.
Here is the video from Paul Bowman's presentation last month on Braking Systems.
Join the Three Rivers Alfisti member Paul Bowman Ph.D. and his son Alexander Bowman on March 6, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET to review the design, maintenance, repair and restoration of brake systems. This roughly 90 minutes of content will be livestreamed with 30 minutes of Q&A.
.Alexander has been a huge fan of European cars and Alfa Romeo's in particular. In Second grade he did a report on Alfa Spiders in the school parking lot to his second-grade teacher and classmates with Paul's Spider parked behind him.
Here's an overview of what you can expect to learn on the afternoon of Saturday March 6
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The Three Rivers Alfisti will be supporting the Rally Accross America effort with two upcoming events:
All of the proceeds from both of these events with be contributed to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix charities. Be sure to register ASAP! We will be posting more information on these events with details we get closer. Below is an article from Hagerty Insurance that explains more about the Rally Accross America.
Lilly Pray has a passion for cars, and now she’s channeling that energy into an organized drive that will give back to the community. Lilly, a nurse in Boulder, Colorado, serves an ambassador for Rally Across America, a grassroots organization whose goal is to raise more than $1 million for nonprofit groups across the U.S.
As a frontline medical worker and car lover, the fundraising tour is right in Pray’s wheelhouse, and it all started with her dad. Malcom Pray Jr. was a successful car dealer and well-known collector who gave generously to the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Red Cross, USO, and other local charities in Greenwich, Connecticut.
“My father taught me how to drive classic cars,” she says of Malcom, who passed away in 2013. “If I wanted to spend time with my dad, it was in the garage with him, as well as attending a lot of auctions and concours events.
“I’ve been a concours judge for many years, and it is probably how I made my dad the proudest when I started judging at Hilton Head Concours 19 years ago. He instilled in me a great sense of giving and giving back to my community,” she says.
Lilly Pray began working in the medical field in 1987, first as volunteer, which led to a career as a firefighter/paramedic. She became an RN in 2010 and volunteers as a victim advocate for the Boulder Police Department.
“My brother died in a car crash in 1986,” she says of Malcolm Pray III. “It was a life changing event. My life motto has been always to ‘help the weaker hikers on their journey.’ So as an EMS provider, and now a RN, I guess I’m still helping the weaker hikers and holding their hands in whatever way I can.”
She jumped at the opportunity to help Rally Across America, which hosted its inaugural drive on June 7, with proceeds going to the Connecticut Foodbank. A total of 41 cars took part, with each driver donating the suggested $100.
Lilly says the idea began with her friends Frank Taylor and Wendy and Jim Petty, who organized the drive as a way to recognize and give to 501(c)3 nonprofits in their area that have greatly suffered during the COVID-19 lockdown. Pray happened to be in Connecticut at the time, so she immediately registered her 1987 Porsche 911. Since Rally Across America hopes to have ambassadors in every state (and average eight drives per state), she took the lead for Colorado.
The first drive that Pray is organizing is set for June 28, beginning and ending in Boulder. Her chosen beneficiary is the Denver-based Morgan Adams Foundation, which raises funds for pediatric cancer research. “The MAF holds the best four-hour concours in the world,” she says, “and they had to cancel their annual major fundraiser on August 24 due to the ongoing events with COVID.”
She has planned two other drives for July 26 and August 16. They will follow a route “into the foothills of the mountains—an easy 60-mile drive lasting 3–4 hours.” As a registered nurse, Lilly is well aware of the possible negative ramifications of any gathering, so social distancing guidelines will be observed. “We just want to get out in our cars and help the nonprofit community,” she says.
She’ll be driving the 1959 Porsche Convertible D that she has owned for 25 years. If you’re sensing a Porsche pattern here, you’re onto something. Lilly’s daughter is named Portia.
Pray says Rally Across America events are planned in six states so far, including one later this year, organized by Barn Find Hunter Tom Cotter, that will travel country roads from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Virginia International Speedway and include a parade lap on the track. Details are forthcoming.
“Driving cars makes me happy,” Lilly says. “My car friends really are my family, and there is nothing as fun as gathering for a family reunion—whether it’s at a concours event, a 1000-mile drive, or a short day-run with friends.”
Rally Across America ambassadors are being sought in every state. If you’re interested in becoming an ambassador or joining a ride near you, contact Lilly Pray at LillyPrayRAA@gmail.com.
Three Rivers Alfisti Events
Here are the links to both of our club events. Sign up for one of both!
The Alfa Romeo Owners Club 2020 National Convention hosted by the Alfa Club of the Rockies was postponed until July 2021.
Along with just about every other organization in the world, AROC has looked for ways to keep our membership engaged with the cancellations and/or postponements of National and Chapter events.
Those ways have consisted of Chapter level Zoom meetings, Detroit Chapter's Zoom tech sessions, posting of those tech sessions on the new AROC YouTube channel, AROC Chapter Presidents Zoom with the AROC Board, and now a new type of virtual event is on the way with the intention for all AROC members to have an opportunity to engage with other members.
COncorso Virtuale Italiano Dell’automobile 2020
The name of the event is COncorso Virtuale Italiano Dell’automobile 2020. AROC Director Doug Zaitz came up with the title name for the event that kept it related to the COVID-19 virus causing all the schedule changes. AROC Director John Justus began putting the online car show together along with input from AROC Director Arno Leskinen
AROC National is going to present a web based “virtual not a concours” car show. This will be available for all AROC members who would like to display their Alfa(s) in an online virtual concours setting. AROC members will then be asked to vote on a Winner for each class and a Best of Show overall winner.
The voting will be done online, like our Board of Director elections, and the awards will be presented at the AROC Virtual Convention w/Business Meeting & Board Officer election on July 25. 2020 and the results will also be announced in the September issue of the Alfa Owner.
Alfas through 1995 – 4 classes
Open to any current AROC member and their immediate family.
Entry Information needed:
Questions & Answers
Below you will find answers to questions already asked by AROC members and hopefully this will help you with while entering your Alfa in the COncorso Virtuale Italiano Dell’automobile 2020.
How many photos can I have?
Alfa Romeo’s 110-year history, which began on June 24, 1910, in Milan, Italy, is an achievement matched by very few auto- makers. It is an enduring automotive love story, fueled by a passion for design, technological innovation, performance and racing victories worldwide.
Below is a summary of some of the key episodes, the vehicles and the people who have made their mark on the brand’s history. Inspired by its illustrious past and a set of ingrained brand values – performance, design, technology - Alfa Romeo now moves forward with a vision, energy and commitment that will enhance its legacy for the next 110 years.
Compiled by, Marsha Hicks
Kentucky Alfa Romeo Society
As we practice social distancing during this hard time, many of us are looking for
some entertainment. I thought it might be fun to talk about some movies that have Alfa Romeo cars.
Of course, The Graduate, featuring a Duetto, is probably the most famous. And there is a new movie out, available on Netflix, A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story. (Spoiler Alert: Fangio won his first World Championship with the Alfa Romeo team in 1951).
Here is a list of movies (in alphabetical order, not in order of favorite cars!).
Let me know if you know of others!
Movie Name & Alfa Romeo Model
6 Underground - Giulia Quadrifoglio
Bram Fischer - 1958 2000 Spider
Cars 2 - 1966 Spider 1600
Don Camillo, Monsignore - 1948 6C 2500
Fast & Furious 6 - 2013 Giulietta
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - 1977 Alfetta
Fletch - 1983 2000 Spider Veloce
For Love or Money, 1993 - 1986 2000 Spider
Highway Racer (Poliziotto Sprint) - 1965 Giulia Super
Johnny English Reborn - 2010 159 TBI Lusso
L’ultimo incontro - 159 Alfetta
LaScorta - Alfa Romeo 33
Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare (Almost Human) - 1963 Giulia TI
Nine - 1955 Giulietta Spider
No Way Out - 1986 2000 Spider Quadrifoglio
Octopussy - 1981 GTV 6
Oh Heavenly Dog - 1973 2000 Spider Veloce
Poliziotto Spring - Giulia
Quantum of Solace - 2008 159 3.2 V6 Ti
Ripley’s Game - 156 Sportwagon
Rocco and His Brothers - Scene at Alfa Romeo Factory
Roma Violenta - 1968 Giulia Super
Ruthless - 1972 Alfetta, 1983 Alfetta, plus others
S1mOne - 2600 Touring Spider
See No Evil, Hear No Evil - 1986 Spider Veloce
Tequila Sunrise - 1984 2000 Spider Veloce
The Arrangement - 1966 Spider 1600 Duetto
The Day of the Jackal - 1961 Giulietta Spider
The Destructors (The Marseille Contract) - 1971 Montreal
The Godfather: Part 1 - 1946 6C 2500
The Graduate - 1966 Spider 1600 Duetto
The Gumball Rally - 1972 2000 Spider
The International - 1988 164 & 156 Carabinieri
The Italian Job (1969) - 1963 Giulia TI
The Man Who Sued God - 1973 2000 GT Veloce
The Pink Panther - Berlina and Giulietta
The Talented Mr. Ripley - 1955 Giulietta Spider
The Things of Life - 1959 Giulietta Sprint
The Things of Life - 1959 Giulietta Sprint
The Upside - 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio
The Wolf of Wall Street - 1987 2000 Spider Quadrifoglio
Trance - 2005 156 2.0 JTS Veloce
Turbo - 1966 Spider 1600 Duetto
Un Bellissimo Novembre - Tipo 33 Stradale
Wayne’s World - Spider 1600 Duetto ́66
Welcome to the Punch - 2006 159
White Lines [TV movie] - Spider
Woman in Red - 1983 Spider
You Can't Stop the Murders - 1972 2000 Spider Veloce
Make plans to join us this January 16 for the Post Holiday party at the Doubletree Hilton in Cranberry Twp. PA from 6pm - 10pm, Thursday January 16, 2020
Check out the Alfa Owner October issue with a jam packed full series of articles about the Cortile Della Corsa 2019 AROC Convention hosted by our Three Rivers Alfisti Club.
Reporting is by Dave Hammond and Bob Abhalter. In some cases, I've linked back to the convention pages so you can see all of the schedule details in case you don't recall when reading the articles.
Below please find the award winners for Time Trials, Autocross, Karting, the Rally, The PVGP Showfiled winners and the Certificato d'Oro winners!
Here you will find the details about upcoming and past events as well as member profiles.