Owner's Club News
The Alfa Romeo Owner's Club of the Tri State Area and the Penn Jersey Region Ferrari Club of America Western Pa Chapter, will host a Kick Off the year meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at the Il Pizzaiolo Cucina Napoletana Warrendale
Join local Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat owners for our first celebration of 2023 and get together for drinks and appetizers at Il Pizzaiolo Cucina Napoletana Warrendale location. The evening will start with a cocktail reception followed by a very informal discussion about 2023 event plans that the various Italian Car Clubs have on the calendar.
The Macchina of Ferrari have been selected as the 2023 Proiettore Macchina. Ferrari has deep roots with both Alfa Romeo and Fiat so this years celebration really encompasses many Italian marques. One of the exciting topics will be the Marque of the Year celebration at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
Please RSVP via the Facebook Link so we can give the restaurant a rough headcount. We will be in the bar and outdoor area weather permitting.
The AROC 2023 National convention will be held in North Carolina with Registration open now.
You can click on the image above or "Learn More" below now, so you can see the activities you will enjoy at the 2023 AROC Alfa del Piemonte convention.
SATURDAY • JUNE 17
7 PM - 9 PM Pre-Convention Tour Meet & Greet dinner Comfort Suites - Asheville, NC
SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY • JUNE 18, 19, 20
Pre - Convention Tour: “Giro delle Montagne” Asheville area
WEDNESDAY • JUNE 21
10 am - 6 pm Registration, Vendor Rooms, Art Show - Open Embassy Suites Hotel
10 am - 4 pm Self-guided Tour Cabarrus County Historic Sites Concord, NC
1 pm - 3:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting (Open to All) Embassy Suites Hotel
1 pm - 5 pm Tech Inspection for Time Trials Hotel Parking Lot
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Embassy Suites Hotel Welcome Reception Embassy Suites
5 pm - 9 pm Southern Distilling Bus Tour & Dinner Statesville, NC
THURSDAY • JUNE 22
8 am -6 pm Registration, Vendor Rooms, Art Show - Open Embassy Suites Hotel
8 am - 10 am Tech Inspection for Time Trials Track
9 am - 4 pm Car Wash Embassy Suites Parking Lot
10 am - 7 pm Time Trials - Charlotte Motor Speedway Track
12 pm - 1 pm Parade Laps - Charlotte Motor Speedway Track
4 pm - 5:30 pm Tech Session - Hagerty Vintage Car Values Embassy Suites Hotel
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Embassy Suites Hotel Welcome Reception Embassy Suites Hotel
8 pm - 9:30 pm Tech Session - Tom Farrell Restoration of Alfas Embassy Suites Hotel
FRIDAY • JUNE 23
8 am - 6 pm Registration, Vendor Rooms, Art Show - Open Embassy Suites Hotel
9 am - 3 pm Gimmick Rally, Piccione Vineyards Tasting & Lunch Ronda, NC
9 am - 4 pm Car Wash Embassy Suites Parking
10 am - 3 pm NASCAR Hall of Fame & Downtown Charlotte Charlotte, NC
4 pm - 5 pm Car Detailing Demonstration Embassy Suites Parking
6 pm - 7:30 pm AROC Convention Welcome Reception Embassy Suites Terrace Patio
7:30 pm - 9 pm Southern Feast Buffet Embassy Suites Terrace Patio
9 pm - 10 pm Moonlight Car Show Embassy Suites Parking Lot
SATURDAY • JUNE 24
9 am - 1 pm Concorso Harrisburg Park
12 pm - 4 pm Registration, Vendor Rooms, Art Show - Open Embassy Suites Hotel
2 pm - 5 pm Member Swap Meet Embassy Suites Parking Lot
1 pm - 4 pm Tour Penske Racing & Private Collections Mooresville, NC/Concord, NC
6 pm - 7 pm Cocktail Hour Reception Hotel Banquet Lobby
7 pm - 10 pm Convention Banquet & Speaker Hotel Banquet Room
SUNDAY • JUNE 25
9 am - 11 am Awards Brunch Hotel Banquet Room
The Alfa Romeo Owner's Club of the Tri State Area and the Penn Jersey Region Ferrari Club of America Western Pa Chapter, will host a Kick Off the year meeting on Tuesday, February 15 at the Double Tree Hilton in Cranberry Twp. PA.
On Tuesday, February 15 2022 the Three Rivers Alfsiti and the Western Pennyslvania Chapter of the Penn Jersey Ferrari Club of America will jointly host a little macchina love at the Double Tree Hilton in Cranberry Township, PA beginning at 7pm to celebrate the 2022. Looks like we made it.
Following up on the plans discussed at the Pre- Pandemic Holiday Party in December 2019, local Alfa Romeo and Ferrari owners are hosting a get together and celebrate with some drinks and finger food at the Ember & Vine at DoubleTree Cranberry. The evening will start with a cocktail reception followed by a very informal meeting to discuss some event ideas for the Spring, Summer and Fall including:
All current and former Alfa Romeo and Ferrari Club owners are welcome to attend as well as local owners of Fiat, Lancia, Lamborghini, Maserati and other Italian Marques.
A Toast to Giuseppe
On June 3, 2021, Giuseppe Antonio "Joe" DiFelice passed away suddenly. Giuseppe came to the United States as a young man of 22 from his beloved Populi, Italy. A kind, gentle and thoughtful man who never had a negative word about anyone, he made his life in the United States as a citizen but never forgot his native country.
Giuseppe was an expert mechanic and worked exclusively on Italian marques like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Fiat. If you owned a class Italian Car in the past 30 year, you would have met or at least heard of Giuseppe.
Before we kick off off the discussion about our summer plans we will remember Giuseppe with a toast and a moment of silence during our meeting.
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!
Here you will find the details about upcoming and past events as well as member profiles.