If you tuned in to read about how to start your car that doesn’t want to start, you might want to wait a while for me to get to that topic, or you can delve into some other article that I have written you might not know about. On the other hand you can just keep reading and see what transpires over the next few minutes, while you are sipping on your coffee or favorite libation, on the musings of what happened at the Alfa Convention 2013.
The hardest part is where does one start at the Alfa Convention, after all it is so many people, cars, friends, events and who knows what else that fills your brain with mental overload until all you can do is just stand there like you are in a catatonic trance. There you are in the parking lot of a hundred or so Alfa’s, travelers from all over the country that have congregated in one location for a week of fun and revelry all centered around a car.
Not that Alfa owners are any different than other marques, but what makes us unique is the body styling of our cars. Not only are they cute, the are in some cases just down right weird. Take the Sprint Speciale, a unique car that from the drawing board to execution was taken out of the Buck Rogers paper pulp to a place of reality that you can sit in. Imagine what it is like to sit in a car that is so streamlined that it won’t muss your hair even with the windows down. Then of course there are the obligatory stares from everyone that is either behind you trying to get close enough to see if they can read the name on the trunk lid, while you are freaking out they won’t be able to stop in time. As the cars pass by the kids hang out the window pointing, passengers look at your car, but they don’t want to be caught “looking” as if that might be some social faux pas.
Where do you start…an interesting dilemma to be in if you consider all things in perspective. There is Richard who I haven’t seen in years. Bob? No way, boy has he changed since the last time I saw him. Gary…what in the world is he driving now? Dan I want to talk to, but every time we do, he and I get to talking until time stops. The endless conversations that you could delve into somehow just manifest themselves as you stand there leaning over a fender to look at some minuscule detail that your trying to sort out.
The cars…row after row of red. You would think that by looking at the parking lot that every Alfa Romeo should be red. Did you know there are a thousand colors of Alfa Romeo’s if you were to take a look at the paint code page? Some of the colors are down right beautiful or drop dead, no way in H*ll I would be caught driving a car that color. It comes down to personal preferences, and there is the off chance that the right color on a car would be something that is stunning you wouldn’t have ever expected. Take the color straw/Ivorio. I didn’t see one car this weekend in that color, yet it was one of the custom factory ordered colors. There was one color that I was hoping to see again and it showed up! Have you ever seen the color Mare Grigio (Sea Gray). This is a verified factory color but I have only seen it on one car, a 1600 Spider Veloce (390290) that is owned by Keith Martin of Sports Car Market.
There is more to come…