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Trying one more time February 23rd Winter Dinner at Lalocanda

I guess the threat of snow kept many away, so I rescheduled for Feb 23!!!!!
The Delaware Valley Alfa Romeo Club is having its annual dinner at LaLocanda Restaurant this Saturday Evening February 23rd at 7:00.
They are located at 4989 West Chester Pike in Edgemont PA.
We expect members of Ferrari and Maserati FIAT Lancia Club to be there too.

Below is there website

Mario the owner is a collector of Italian Cars welcomes all!!!

Winter Saturday Night Dinner February 16th

 The Delaware Valley Alfa Romeo Club is having its annual dinner at LaLocanda Restaurant this Saturday Evening February 16th at 7:00.
They are located at 4989 West Chester Pike in Edgemont PA.
We expect members of Ferrari and Maserati FIAT Lancia Club to be there too.

Below is there website
Mario the owner is a collector of Italian Cars welcomes all!!!

Saving the Family 164 by Bob Conlan

Bob is a new member that I met via HCCP. Bob is an avid collector here is his story of the family 164.
We acquired this car about 18 months ago,although it had been in my wife’s family for many years (this car was originally purchased for my father – in-law about 12 years ago,he moved back to his native Italy about 9 years ago,the car wound up being damaged and sitting at a repair shop for about 6 years ). When we first went to pick the car up it was really in sad shape,5 flat tires,hole in the oil pan,it had not run or been started in a half a decade……it had been sitting outdoors,uncovered with various other car parts and scrap materials sitting on top of was a real mess.I was able to get the car to the shop I use for my other hot rods(2 ford mustangs)Picketts automotive in Darby was a real toss-up weather to attempt to fix/restore the car or sell it for wife Carm,had a bit of a sentimental attachment to the car so we decided to try and rescue it….we did a lot of mechanical and maintenance repair and replacement work on the car (all fluids,filters ,belts ,brakes,brake lines,exhaust,battery,hoses,plugs,timing belt ,water pump,gaskets,tires ,fuel pump were replaced plus front end alignment,tune-up,and other electronic tweaks ).all of the mechanical parts required to get the car running smoothly again were readily available,however the body parts were another story…I do not think the 1991 164 l was a real popular model either in the USA or in Italy. The plan was to get the mechanicals squared away then work on the body and trim parts to get the car ready for paint.i needed about a dozen parts and pieces both interior and exterior before taking the car to the body shop.i was able to locate a few parts here and on the internet but not everything that I needed……as luck would have it I was vacationing in Italy last month and I talked my wife ,who is fluent in Italian,into coming with me to a few junk yards in southern Italy and I was able to locate several parts I needed(center grill,left and right side ac vents ,hood release latch).i now have almost all the parts I need to complete the restoration and hopefully the car will go in for paint over the winter…..when all is said and done i think I will have somewhere near 2+years and 8k into a car I got for nothing ,that will be worth less than 4k when finished but we both love the car and plan to enjoy it for several more years….it was actually a lot of fun searching for the car parts in Italy and I could not have done it with out my wife’s help……..also a big thank you to Bill Conway for his help,insight and encouragement and to Mark and Jim Pickett at Picketts automotive for completing all of the mechanical and safety work on the car… respectfully…..Bob and Carm Conlan

Holiday Greetings to Nick Falcone Enterprise, Thanks for the years of support!

DVAROC.ORG thanks Nick Falcone Enterprises, LLC for their many years of support!!!!!
 They are located at: 161 Rock Hill Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA\Nick Falcone Enterprise, LLC, 610-664-0944. A foreign sports car repair facility in Bala-Cynwyd, PA. Falcone was a Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealership before these cars were pulled out of the US market, and servicing exotic cars is still a large part of their business. Nick Falcone Enterprises, LLC has been servicing Alfa Romeo’s for many decades and they specialize in auto restoration and building and repairing race cars. Ruth Wolf is an experienced SCCA Nationals Driver She very knowledgeable about race cars and racing. 1987 Ruth won the DC Regional Series Championship in FP. Ruth was SCCA  North East Divisional Champion in CSR in 1996.As part of her involvement in racing, Ruth has served on the SCCA Philadelphia Region’s Board of Directors 3. She was Regional Executive in 1996 and 1997. She has also taught at the SCCA driver’s school. Ruth is presently racing her silver GTV was recently built by Nick Falcone Enterprises, LLC.
Vincent Votto is the President and Head Mechanic with a lifetime of experience and is willing provide repair and service or consult you how to do the repair and service. Falcone Enterprises, LLC has been giving Tech Sessions to the club for many years. They are open to topic idea’s  so let them know of any idea you may have. Nick Falcone Enterprise, LLC is a long time member of DVAROC.ORG, thank you again for the support.   Log on their website  for more details.


Rose Tree Park 6th Annual Toys for Tots Run Dec 2 2012 at 9:00!!!

Meet at the same place as this years Italian Festival!!!!! Bring some toys enjoy over 160 cars!!!

Massey House Frosbite Run Fun on Thanksgiving Morning

The show was a blast with over 280 cars, free coffee, doughnuts, and hot cider thanks to HCCP. There were plenty of Italian cars among the sea of muscle cars, trucks and classic American cars plus prewar cars (including Bentley Lemans Racer, Rolls Royce, Packard’s, Model A, etc.)
Italian presence included FIAT of Maple Shade, with Riccardo bringing a new Fiat 500 Abarth in Silver Gray with white aluminum 17-inch wheels, and dealer installed doors that swing upward. DVAROC.ORG Bob Conlan brought his Black  164 ,DVAROC.ORG member Mike Perot brought his Red GTV/6, DVAROC.ORG member Joe Ciro brought his 2012 White Maserati Quattroporte Automatic, DVAROC.ORG member Tony Cardamone brought his red 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. FLU President, Thad Kirk Vice President of FIAT Lancia Unlimited, brought his FIAT 124 Spider. There was ever a 1955 Vespa! The cars dispersed at around 11:20 with no incidents (except a mirror falling off Mike Perot’s GTV/6!) and there were plenty of burn outs to be heard as the army of muscle cars departed.

Join HCCP on Thanksgiving Morning 11/22/2012 GET THERE EARLY!!!!

Date: 11/22/2012

Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Last year many DVAROC.ORG members were there!!!! So was Maple Shade FIAT !!! MANY MANY CARS AT LEAST 300+++ CONTACT wconway@noahbank if you are comming brings toys for tots.
Location: Thomas Massey House, Lawrence Road , Broomall Pa

Come join us this Thanksgiving at the Thomas Massey House.

The Thomas Massey House is unique because so much of the original fabric has survived. The 1696 brick portion was built by Thomas Massey as an addition to the existing log or frame house. In 1731 his son, Mordecai, replaced the log or frame house with a stone section. During the restoration, evidence of a walk-in-fireplace and beehive oven was discovered. These features have been reconstructed and are in use today.

Don’t forget our Food Drive, Toys for Tots and its that time of year to renew your dues for 2013.

Hope to see you there!

This year the Frostbite run will take us to the Plank House and Blacksmith Shop in historic East Goshen Township in West Chester

DVAROC Awesome Autumn Tour 2012

Alfisti are reminded that the 2nd annual “Awesome Autumn Tour” (the first was last year!),  scheduled for Sunday, 4 November, is fast approaching. Hopefully (fingers crossed), we can expect more nice weather with no nasty surprises like last year.
Those planning on participating are requested to RSVP to Alan Aptner, who has worked very hard to arrange for what promises to be a very nice end-of-tour (and did I say very attractively priced!) lunch at the Black Bass in Lumberville, PA, NOT LATER THAN Sunday, 28 October- at e-mail, or phone 215-321-8312.
At that time please let Alan know the following:
a- How many people in your party (total number), and
b- Whether or not you (and they) will be joining us for lunch at the Black Bass in Lumberville, at the conclusion of the tour, and, if so
c- Selection for each person (entree only) in your party (see menu selections below)
d- Cell phone and/or e-mail where you can be reached (cell phone number especially important on tour day)
Please note- This year participants will be required to be prepared to pay, either cash or check payable to Alan Aptner, on tour day (not before), prior to departure from the starting point. Once participants have committed to lunch (by 28 Oct), they will be obligated to pay, whether or not they actually attend. This is necessary because the club will be committed to the restaurant for the final head count.
The menu offered by the Black Bass is as follows (select on per person):
 1- jumbo lump crab cake w/rice and one veggie (in season)
 2- 8 oz. burger on roll w/double cheddar cheese and french fries
 3- In-House Smoked BBQ Beef Brisket on chipotle brioche loaf (sandwich) w/fresh horseradish sauce and red cabbage coleslaw
 4- House Caesar Salad w/choice of grilled chicken or shrimp
 5- grilled chicken club sandwich w/side (of something TBD)
Total price per person is $25.00 per person which includes choice of one of above entrees, plus choice of coffee, tea, or soda, and also includes tip and tax. NOT included are wine, beer, liquor or other alcholic beverage and dessert; if any of these extras are ordered, they must be paid for at time of service.
Following are directions to the meeting/starting point: at “Shops at Makefield Village” (same as last year), located on Makefield Rd, .4 mile north of Woolston Dr.
Rte I-95 (from North or South) to exit for Rte US 1 North
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!)
Please be at 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 on- If you have any problem en-route Sunday AM- call either Alan-cell ph 215-630-5904 (preferred because Alan knows the area) or Jack-cell ph 215-933-9790.