2013 Alfa Romeo Convention

1600 Spider Veloce in Mare Grigio (Sea Gray) 

In about a week, the 2013 Alfa Romeo annual convention will convene in Rohnert Park, California, called AlfaCalifornia.  Each year the convention is located in a different part of the country so it is never in the same place. This is a time over 600 expected guests from all over the United States, Canada, and the world are expected to arrive for fun, friendship and competition. There is something for everyone that signs up to participate with many of the event venues sold out. (July 1st is the last day)

The convention is put on by an awesome cadre of volunteers who work hard to make a presentation to the board of directors to host a convention. Once the convention is scheduled then the volunteers go to work to make sure the events are properly staffed, venues are scheduled, meals are planned and awards are ready to be handed out.

This year the event is scheduled during the middle of the week as the race track was booked for both weekends. Starting on Monday July 8th to July 12th, the events will be starting with tours of a private museum, tour of Napa Valley wineries, and so much more.

Not everyone is into racing, but there are some that just like to sit around and swap stories, tech tips and ogle the cars. There is the art show where people bring in all kinds of Alfa Romeo subject matter from sculpture, fine art painting, photography and handmade items.

There are the tours that people can go to just for hopping on a bus to see all kinds of things in that area where the event is being held.

Have a problem with your car? There are several tech sessions where you can toss out your question and get some answers.

The racing venue is the former Sears Point Raceway, now called Infineon Raceway. This road course is one that really gets the blood pumping as it has its up and down components plus the big sweeping curve at the bottom before racing past the finish line and on up the hill. The event is expecting to see some really interesting cars show up to make some laps around the track. Some participants bring a semi with their cars in tow to take them out for some exercise. The cars are classed and awards to the top times in each category.

There is the autocross for those that want to race at a little lower speed and test their skills of driving through a course of cones for best time. The cars here are also classed as to modifications and make. Top times get trophies and a special award to top time of the day.

The concours will be held on the golf course across the street from the hotel on Thursday from 9-12 a.m., with an expected 50+ cars. There will be lots of cars from the 50’s, 60’s and up to the 90’s out on the grass for judging and some just wanting to show their cars for fun. The cars are divided into classes of open or closed cars, and judged by a team of people that are knowledgeable about the class they are looking at. The top cars over 95 points get a special onetime award called the Certificato d’ Oro of having earned over  95 points out of a 100.

Sprint Veloce with Perspex sliding windows

On Thursday evening there is the gala dinner with a special guest speaker. This year the speaker is Denise McCluggage a very famous woman race car driver and an accomplished author. She has written for Car & Driver if you have been a reader of that magazine.

If you are within a day’s driving of Sonoma, hop in your car and head on over to join us in celebration of our marque. It is never too late to sign up to participate!

Want to read more about what is going on? Click these links to discover:

Alfa Convention on VeloceToday

AlfaCalifornia official website

Can’t make it? Tune in next week starting on Wednesday the 10th, for a fresh story of the day and some photographs of what was discovered. Not only will you see Veloce’s, you will also see some unique and special Alfa’s. If I am able, I hope to have a surprise on this website.

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About alfadoc

I have been involved in Alfa Romeo cars since 1970 when I bought my 1600 Veloce spider. It was in 1972 that I started the Veloce Register for 1600 cars. It was in 1998 that I added the Sprint Veloce, 750 Spider Veloce and Sprint Speciale registers. Currently I own 4 Alfas: 1600 Spider Veloce, 67 Super, 71 GTv and a 94 164Quadrifoglio.
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