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On behalf of your AROC Board, I send warm wishes for a joyous and festive holiday season. May this be a time to enjoy the celebration of your special holiday traditions with family and friends. As the solstice now has passed, we can anticipate and look forward to longer days with warming temperatures and top-down driving opportunities on the horizon.
VIEW the spectacular 48-page insert received by subscribers to Autoweek, titled “Alfa Romeo: La Meccanica delle Emozioni Special Publication”, was graciously sent to AROC. It bills the brochure as “The vehicles that Alfa Romeo builds today are the extension of a legacy that began more than a century ago. The complimentary download, produced in partnership with Alfa Romeo, illustrates over a century of the brand’s storied history. Steeped in technological innovation, gorgeous Italian design and style, and racing excellence here is your chance to reach what makes a vehicle worthy of bearing the Alfa Romeo badge.”
Notice to the membership, to anybody who wishes to step up and help manage your club. We are an all volunteer organization but regrettably, there is only a small core group of individuals that take the reins. For the 21 years I have been involved it has been the same dedicated individuals who take on responsibility of organizing events. Admittedly, I sat on the sidelines as an inactive member for the first couple years but for whatever reason I jumped in. It was a worthwhile jump.
Being an officer or board member is not a demanding task. We meet about 4 times per year to structure our calendar, plan events, allocate responsibilities. It takes a couple hours out of a few Sunday mornings per year and a handful of phone calls. It’s something anybody can do. Beyond that, most of us balance any club duties and responsibilities with or jobs, professions and businesses. It’s no burden.
If you ever thought about joining the management of YOUR club please stop mulling it over and step up. We would truly welcome everybody. I stress the fact it is YOUR club not just ours. You can make it better and more viable by jumping in. JUMP TO THE NOMINATIONS PAGE
Dennis M. Sbertoli, President
Robert Clauss sent me a note over the weekend that longtime ALFA enthusiast and shop owner, Ken Kales died suddenly. (October 19, 2017) Though I did not know him, Robert described him as a regular at track events and a guy with quick smile and story. A graveside service was held Sunday October 22nd at Memorial Park in Skokie. Arrangements were made though Weinstein Piser and you can see his obituary at ChicagoTribune.com and at Legacy.com. If you knew him I’m sure the family would be proud to hear from you.
Dennis October 23, 2017.
The Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio
Enzo Ferrari, during his employment at Alfa Romeo, encouraged his friend Ugo Sivocci to follow him there. Together they joined with two others - Alberto Ascari and Giuseppe Cam-pari - to form the four legendary Alfa Romeo factory race car drivers.
Of the four, Sivocci was quick, but rarely won races. It seemed he just had bad luck. Out of frustration, in advance of the 1923 Targa Florio, he painted a lucky symbol on the hood of his RL: a green four-leaf clover on a white diamond background. He won the race, and believed now that his luck had turned due to his "Quadrifoglio".
Later in the year, he was tragically killed while practicing for the Grand Prix at Monza in the newly designed P1. Ironically, he had not yet had an opportunity to paint his good luck Quadrifoglio on this car.
Alfa Romeo recognized this tragic loss by retiring his car's number - 17 -which has never appeared on a factory race car since.
The four corners of the white diamond where said to represent these four famous piloti. With Sivocci's un-timely death, one point of the diamond was removed, creating the triangle, which remains to this day as an integral part of the Quadrifoglio badging, appearing on competition cars for the last 95 years.
All-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Wins Three Awards from the Texas Auto Writers Association
The all-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio was crowned "Car of Texas" and also took home honors for "Performance Sedan of Texas" and "Most Drives" at the Texas Auto Roundup hosted by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) at Circuit of The Americas (COTA).
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