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Summer Picnic/Rally – Sunday, July 3rd

Alfisti, 

Summer is here and with it, comes our summer picnic/rally.

The Delaware Valley Alfa Romeo Owners Club will hold our Summer Picnic and Rally at Ridley Creek State Park on Sunday July 3rd.  The event will include a fun rally, which should take less than an hour to complete, followed by a picnic in the park.  You’ll have a chance to show off your car, demonstrate your navigation skills, and enjoy some good food and friends.

We’ll gather at Ridley Creek State Park at 10:30, site #8 – we have the pavilion.  See map below:

After everyone arrives, we’ll go over the rally instructions and then have a Le Mans style start.  The rally will take participants through some very pretty Chester County horse country. The course is designed to make for fun competition that won’t reward use of GPS or following another car. 

The rally course will take less than an hour to complete.  Once everyone is safely back to the park, we’ll enjoy some lunch together.

Picnic lunches – hoagies, salads and drinks will be provided.  Lunch is free for members.

If you want to attend, please RSVP to Bob Brady by Friday, July 1st so we can plan food and hand-outs, accordingly.

Hope to see you there!!

bob

Spring Tour – Sunday, May 22nd

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring we’re having.  And with that, it’s time for our Spring Tour.

This year, we’ll be holding the tour on Sunday, May 22nd.  

We’ll leave from the parking lot at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, PA promptly at 10:30am.  From there, we’ll drive through Bucks County, with some segments along the Delaware River and arrive at our first stop at Ringing Rocks park.  There, we’ll take a short walk to find out why the park got its name (bring a hammer….no, seriously, bring a hammer).  After that, we’ll head north a little more, and then swoop down, back to the river valley where we’ll make our second stop in Frenchtown, NJ.  There, we’ll have some time to walk around or catch a snack.  Our last leg will take us through some lovely New Jersey countryside, through Stockton, and finally to New Hope.  There are plenty of restaurants in New Hope and if there is sufficient interest, I’ll try to reserve some spaces for us at Triumph Brewing.

Total tour time, including stops, should be about three hours.  Tour length is about 45 miles.
If you are interested in going, please RSVP by Friday, May 20th

When you RSVP, please let me know if you want to have lunch at the Brewery.

A couple other notes: 
– Directions to the parking lot at Peddler’s Village are shown below, 
– Bring shoes you can walk in, 
– Bring a hammer
– Plan to be at the parking lot no later than 10:15

I hope to see you next weekend.  I’ve been wanting to take you to Ringing Rocks for a long time.

Upcoming Events

Wow!  With May just a day away, the events calendar has really exploded.  Here is what’s coming up:

Sunday, May 1 – Cars and Coffee – New Hope, PA
One of our members writes: “A number of Alfa owners are going to rally up at Barn Plaza in Doylestown, PA at 7-7:30am Sunday, and we’ll run the last 15-minute leg to New Hope together for this event.  Last year about a dozen Alfas made it to New Hope, and about half a dozen of us pulled in together. Barn Plaza: 1745 S Easton Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901
Tires roll for New Hope at 7.30am sharp. New Hope-Solebury High School, 180 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA (Same school campus where we have The New Hope Automobile Show.
https://newhopeautoshow.com/cars-and-coffee/

Sunday, May 15 – 8th Annual Wheels of Wayne Car Show – Wayne, PA
A great hometown car show in our backyard.  For more information, go to: www.radnor.com/wow

Sunday, May 22 – DVAROC Spring Tour – Peddlers Village, PA
Our annual spring tour has been planned (I just need to test drive the course).  This year, we’re going to mix it up a little and leave from Peddlers Village outside New Hope at 10:30.  From there, we’ll drive up to Ringing Rocks park (bring your hammer) to find out why the park got its name.  Then, it will be back across the Delaware into New Jersey, where we’ll stop at Frenchtown.  There, you can visit one of a number of local restaurants for a bite to eat.  From Frenchtown, we’ll head back to New Hope, where we’ll end the tour.  As usual, expect it to be about three hours (including stops).  I’ll send out a separate notice of this event. 

Saturday, June 4 – Conshohocken Festival (and car show), Conshohocken, PA
Another local event with a car show you can enter.  For more information, go to: www.conshohockenartsfestival.com/

Sunday, June 5 – Italian American Heritage Festival – Rose Tree Park, Media, PA
This great event is back.  In addition to food and entertainment, there is an excellent car show.  If you’re interested in attending or entering the car show, look at the flyer below for more information.


So there you have it, plenty of events for you to enjoy with your Alfa over the next few weeks.

I hope to see you on the tour (or at one of the other events).

Spectacular Simeone!

Our extended club brought 50+ people to enjoy the Simeone collection on Saturday, February 12th. We really want to thank Jim Hanna for his very interesting and entertaining description of the cars – it really made the event. After our tour, we enjoyed watching some British classics produce some wonderful sounds out back.

For a much better and more comprehensive report, go to Richard Reina’s car blog here: RR Blog

Simeone Museum Tour – February 12th

We’re on for our tour of the Simeone Museum.  If you are not familiar with it, go here: Simeone Museum  It’s pretty amazing and even more amazing when you find out that it used to be located in a nondescript parking garage in south Philadelphia, before it moved to its current location.

The tour will be Saturday, February 12th at 10:30am, so plan to arrive a little earlier.  A DVAROC member, who is a docent at the museum, will give us a tour.  Expect it to last two hours, or more – there are a lot of cars!  Cost for the event will be about $15/person, depending on how many we get.

Depending on interest, and turnout, we might stop by a local restaurant for a late lunch.
If you are interested in coming, please RSVP by February 4th, by email.

I hope to see you at this special event.

Nordic Alfa Inspiration

On these cold, short days, you might find yourself looking for some diversion.  That is, if you don’t have a heated garage.  If you ever wondered what Norwegian Alfa enthusiasts do in the winter (who doesn’t?), then check out this article: Spiders to the Arctic Circle  It’s… ahem.. inspirational (?)…. though my lovely wife gave me “the look” when I suggested we do something similar.  Here’s a shot from the article: 

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Goodbye 2021, Hello 2022

Despite a few challenges, I think we can declare 2021 a great success for our little club. Take a moment to flip through our photo album and relive some of the wonderful events we shared.

But that was then, this is now. We’re still in the process of drafting our events agenda for the year. Expect the usual tours, picnics and tech sessions. You can see a preview of our events calendar here, and even scroll through the months in the Google calendar embedded.

Stay tuned for upcoming communications… and stay warm!

One more for 2021

We had a great 2021, with tours, picnics, races and shows. As 2021 comes to a close, we have one more chance to get together. Our friends at Ragtops and Roadsters have invited us to join them at their open house and “before we put them away” tour. The event is November 21st and you need to RSVP to them. For more information, go to: www.ragtops.com

Summer Fun Continues

I want to thank Steve Harter and Mike Casale for a great tour of the David Markel collection last Sunday.  It was made even more special when the collection owner, David Markel himself, joined us for the last collection. Thanks!!


Teaser photo of Fangio’s personal Alfa

Our next event is our Summer Picnic and Rally. I hope you can join us.
July 25th – Summer Picnic and Rally – Ridley Creek State Park, PA
Join us for our annual summer picnic and rally at Ridley Creek State Park.   We’ll start at Ridley Creek State Park, Picnic Area #8 (our usual place, but no pavilion this time) at 10:30 am.  The event will include a fun rally, which should take less than an hour to complete, followed by a picnic in the park.  You’ll have a chance to show off your car, demonstrate your navigation skills, and enjoy some good food and friends.  After everyone arrives, we’ll go over the rally instructions and then have a Le Mans style start.  The rally will take participants through some very pretty Chester County horse country. The course is designed to make for fun competition that won’t reward use of GPS or following another car.  Once everyone is safely back to the park, we’ll enjoy some lunch together.  Picnic lunches – hoagies, salads and drinks will be provided.  The club will pick up the costs for members.  For non-members, we’d like a $10 donation to defray the costs.  If you want to attend, please RSVP Bob by Friday, July 23rd so we can plan food and hand-outs, accordingly. 

Summer Events Update

Below is an update of our upcoming events.  I hope to see you at one, or more.


July 11th – David Markel Car Collection Tour and Lunch – Skippack, PA If you haven’t visited one of David Markel’s many garages, you need to attend this event.  We’ll meet at the Wawa (Corner of Hwy 113 and Skippack Pike) at 10 AM. We’ll tour 5 different Museums (that are different from last year). Cost will be $25.00 per person (cash please / pay at the door).  If you are interested, lunch is also available for another $20. Attendance is limited to about 30 people, so sign up now!  To register, send an email to Steve


July 25th – Summer Picnic and Rally – Ridley Creek State Park, PA Join us for our annual summer picnic and rally at Ridley Creek State Park.   We’ll start at Ridley Creek State Park, Picnic Area #8 (our usual place, but no pavilion this time) at 10:30 am.  The event will include a fun rally, which should take less than an hour to complete, followed by a picnic in the park.  You’ll have a chance to show off your car, demonstrate your navigation skills, and enjoy some good food and friends.  After everyone arrives, we’ll go over the rally instructions and then have a Le Mans style start.  The rally will take participants through some very pretty Chester County horse country. The course is designed to make for fun competition that won’t reward use of GPS or following another car. The rally course will take less than an hour to complete.  Once everyone is safely back to the park, we’ll enjoy some lunch together.  Picnic lunches – hoagies, salads and drinks will be provided.  The club will pick up the costs for members.  For non-members, we’d like a $10 donation to defray the costs.  If you want to attend, please RSVP to Bob by Friday, July 23rd so we can plan food and hand-outs, accordingly.


August 15th – New Hope Auto Show – New Hope, PA The wonderful New Hope Auto Show is on!  This is one of the only shows I know of that has a dedicated Alfa Romeo class.  For more information and registration, go to: New Hope Auto Show

September 9-12th – Alfas at the Glen – Watkins Glen, NY Celebrate 111 years of Alfa Romeo racing at the spectacular US Vintage Grand Prix weekend at Watkins Glen.  In addition to the vintage races at the track, there are a number of events throughout the extended weekend, as part of the celebration.  These events include: tours, shows, winery visits, and race reenactments.  In addition, the Buffalo AROC chapter, Alfabuff, will be joining with Alfabuff for special Alfa focused events and displays throughout the weekend.  For more information, check out the website: AlfasattheGlen

Spring Winery Tour Update

DVAROC Spring Winery Tour – Chester County – Sunday, May 30th

We’ll take a lovely Sunday drive through picturesque Chester County, looking for a variety of animals along the way.  We’ll visit a couple of wineries, and enjoy a picnic in the vineyard.

The club will meet at Wegmans in Downingtown, PA –  before 10:15am.  There, you’ll be able to tank up on gas and coffee.  We’ll leave promptly at 10:30 and drive to our first stop, Kreutz Creek Vineyards where we’ll sample their wines and enjoy a few club provided cheeses and snacks.  Cost for wine tasting there is $10.  

From there, we’ll hit the back roads and for a 45 minute, or so, drive where we’ll stop at Northbrook Marketplace to pick up our picnic goodies. The final leg willbe a short drive to Stargazers Vineyard where we’ll taste some more wine, and spread out among the vines for a Sunday picnic – close your eyes and picture yourself in Tuscany.  Cost for wine tasting at Stargazers is $10.

Each leg of the tour is about 30 miles and should take 50 minutes, or so.  With stops, tours and tastings expect to picnic just before 2pm. 

There is no cost to participate in the tour.  The club will provide some cheese and other snacks to go with the wine tastings.  Participants are responsible for the costs of tastings and lunches.  Please pack chairs and/or blankets, as seating is limited.

If you want to order a lunch from Northbrook, please call it in to them on Friday, May 28th, for pick up on Sunday.  Here is a link to their catering menu (a copy is attached – we recommend ordering a boxed lunch).  You can call them at: 610-793-1210 or email them at: christine@northbrookmarketplace.com  Of course, you’re welcome to bring your own food, as well – just remember, no outside alcohol is permitted.