It’s Official: the 2013 DVAROC Tech Session will be held on 27 April 2013 at Nick Falcone Enterprises in Bala Cynwyd. This event usually attracts a lot of members and is always great fun! We’ll provide coffee and something to munch on.
Meet us around 10AM!
Nick Falcone Enterprises
161 Rock Hill Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Following are directions to the meeting/starting point, at “Shops at Makefield Village” (same as 2011), located on Makefield Rd, .4 mile north of Woolston Dr.
Please be at the meeting/starting point by 0930 Sunday AM. RJs Bagels will be open!
Please gas up prior to start of tour AND keep your cell phone charged and turned on- If you have a problem en-route on Sunday morning- call either Alan, cell 215-630-5904 (preferred because Alan knows the area), or Jack, cell 215-933-9790.
Route from HWY I-95:
Rte I-95 (from North or South) to exit for Rte US 1North
Follow US 1 North to exit at Fairless Hills (first exit past Oxford Valley Mall)
Follow Fairless Hills exit ramp to stop light, then left turn at stop light onto Stony Hill Rd (toward Tyburn Rd)
Follow Stony Hill Rd to stop light at Woolston Dr
Left turn at stop light onto Woolston Dr then right turn at next stop light to first road on left (Makefield Rd)
Left turn onto Makefield Rd- go .4 mile to “Shops at Makefield Village” on right. (If you get to stop light at Big Oak Rd, you’ve gone too far- turn around!)
We’re looking at patch designs for the 2013 Alfa season.
Here’s what we have so far:
Current 2013 Patch Proposal
Last year’s patch:
Obviously there are few updates from last year: Delaware Valley AROC text is now entirely at the top. The lower AROC now reads Alfa Romeo. The year is updated to 2013, and finally, the color has been changed to green.
Guess what? We’re open to suggestion. I mean, we’re openly soliciting feedback or new designs. So members, pull out your vintage A.W. Faber 0.5mm drafting pencils and start sketching up some creativity!
The club is considering a drive up to the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix for some indoor karting. They’ve just upgraded their entire fleet to Sodi GT5 Proline Super Karts with 9HP engines with a top speed of up to 50mph.
The best part about driving at the LVGP course is the printout you get at the end of every heat showing you the metrics from your race, data from the kart transponders, lap times and field position changes. You really can work on improving your driving style after a couple of runs. And you can access the information at any time from home:
Here’s LVGP’s promotional video:
We’re currently in talks with LVGP to pick a date and get some special club rates to keep the price reasonable. Helmets mandatory, driving suits optional (both available at the track, for no additional charge).
If you’re interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put you on the notification list.
Fiat has announced the Alfa Romeo 4C will be built by Maserati in Modena, Italy. Production of Alfa Romeo’s new halo model will commence in May next year with an expected production of up to 2,500 units per year. The Alfa Romeo 4C is likely to mark Alfa’s return to the United States.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is a small lightweight sports car which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011. The car will weigh only 850-900kg and will be powered by an aluminum 1.8 liter turbocharged engine which provides ‒ depending on the rumours ‒ 230 horsepower, although 300 has been mentioned as well.
With a power-to-weight ratio of below 4kg/hp, the rear-wheel drive Alfa 4C should be able to sprint to 100km/h from standstill in less than five seconds, while it’s top speed should be around 250km/h.
The small, light and powerful Italian sports car will probably cost € 50,000 ($ 66,000), making the 4C a serious competitor for the Porsche Cayman and Lotus Exige.
According to David Wase of DC Alfas:
The decision was said to have been made because Maserati has in place the necessary capability to build low volume, high quality production models.
DCALfas’ member, Bob Lubran alerted us to Bloomberg News’ April 19 story that further confirms Alfa’s return to the United States beginning with the introduction of the 2-seat 4C high performance spider. The Bloomberg story was headlined by Alfa Romeo’s registration of trademarks related to the Alfa 4C:
Marchionne, 59, said April 4 that that the 4C will go on sale in North America by the end of 2013. The Alfa Romeo 4C trademark, covering accessories such as clothing and toys as well as the vehicle and parts, was issued by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on April 10, according to a release posted late yesterday on the U.S. Federal News Service.
Perhaps of greater interest was the apparent confirmation of what some Alfisti including those of us at DCAlfas.org have long discussed as Alfa’s necessary strategy: The success of Alfa in the US will only occur by producing BMW-class automobiles but with price tags that will make them stand-outs in the marketplace. Currently, Alfa plans to produce an initial line up of 6 models including sport-utility vehicles:
Fiat Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne plans to remake Alfa into a luxury brand to compete with industry leader Bayerische Motoren Werke AG. (BMW) Developing a full range of models for Alfa and focusing on North America’s car-market growth are crucial to his strategy of boosting combined revenue…
Clearly, Marchionne has his sights set on a personal legacy of remaking FIAT into something more than just a profitable car company and Alfa Romeo into something more than a derivative brand of re-styled FIATS or re-badged Dodges. Nothing would assure his legacy more than a successful challenge to an industry leader such as BMW.
FIAT-Lancia Unlimited Hosts the First Annual Hellertown Italian Car Show
Hellertown, PA – Club FIAT-Lancia Unlimited (FLU) will host the First Annual Hellertown Italian Car Show on Saturday, June 9th, 2012, opening at 9 am. This event, to be held at the lovely and shady Reservoir Park, at 3376 Reservoir Road, just south of Bethlehem and a few minutes off Rt. 78, will be a very “all inclusive” show, welcoming everything from daily driver FIATs through Alfas, Lancias and Etceterinis all the way up to concours Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the like. Italian bikes are welcome too. The more the merrier; we love variety. In addition, for this year, we will be inviting our friends with Swedish cars up through Volvo models 140 and Saabs through model 99 and French cars to bring them along, too. Italian food will be available. $15 per car by May 31st, $20 at the gate.
We’ll also have brand new FIAT 500s on display, courtesy of FIAT of Montgomeryville. To help celebrate the return of the beloved Italian brand, Club FIAT-Lancia Unlimited has launched a new website at www.flu.org. Fans of the brand can learn more about the event, find registration information and also read all the latest about both new and vintage vehicles and the joys of ownership.
ABOUT CLUB FIAT-LANCIA
The Club Fiat-Lancia Unlimited (FLU) was founded in 1983 and has been loyally dedicated to the enjoyment of FIAT vehicles and other Italian cars since. The club has local chapters holding regional shows and events. Details are available at http://www.flu.org. Club FIAT-Lancia Unlimited maintains a website and publishes “Ricambi,” its official, full-color bi-monthly magazine, which includes member-written articles, adventure stories, technical tips and classified ads.