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Welcome Tony Meader

Hi to all. My name is Tony Meader and my wife. Rose and I and our 100% yellow Lab live in Palmyra, Tennessee, just southwest of Clarksville. We moved here 21 years ago from Chesapeake, Virginia, my last duty station while serving in the U. S. Coast Guard. We have 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. I retired from the Coast Guard in 1990 after 25 years as an officer and pilot, having flown helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, and being stationed in many desirable duty stations such as Corpus Christi, TX, Port Angeles, WA. Miami, FL (twice), Mobile, AL, Barbers Point, HI (somebody had to do it), Washington, D.C., and Elizabeth City, N.C. In 1976, I even flew helicopters off the Coast Guard’s newest ice breaker on its maiden voyage to Alaska and the Bering Sea. We traversed the Bering Strait, visited Nome and points north, including crossing the arctic circle, visited several Eskimo-inhabited islands, and moored overnight to several ice shelves where we were often visited by polar bears who were curious about the large, red-hulled ship in their midst.

On returning to the mainland, after my 3-year tour in Hawaii, I bought my first horse since high school. I then began breeding, buying, selling, training and riding beautiful Appaloosas.  I have two today. Horses have been my primary recreational activity for the past 33 years.

On the Tuesday before Christmas last year, I was surfing the net, looking at “used Alfas for sale” when I saw several photos of a beautiful 1989 Spider Veloce with only 64,000 miles. As I looked closer, I saw that it had Tennessee plates. I showed the photos to my wife Rose and all she said was, “Can we get it?” The next day we went southwest of Savannah, TN, test drove the car, negotiated price, and drove the car home. After changing all fluids and tires, we now drive it regularly, and mostly with the top down and booted.

Our Spider Veloce is my third Alfa. After being transferred to Corpus Christi in 1965, I bought a 1963 Giulietta Spider off a used car lot for $1,200!! This was my daily driver for several years, through an engine rebuild and a wreck, until I traded it as my first child proved a 2-seater was impractical for a growing family. In about 1979, I bought a new Sprint Veloce from the dealer in Miami. We took that lovely and fun car to Hawaii where it was going to be my daily driver. Because of where we lived, it was more practical for Rose to drive the Alfa to her job in downtown Honolulu, and I rode a moped to my duty station at Barbers Point. Only recently did Rose confess that she loved driving the Alfa because most of the MEN on the Interstate wanted to race that WOMAN in the bright red sports car. With an evil grin she adds, “And I beat them all!!!”Since my first 2 Alfas were daily drivers, I never considered “saving” them or even considered there being an “owner’s club.” In the 60’s and 70’s, parts were readily available and trained mechanics were “just around the corner.” A few weeks after buying my latest Spider, I met another Alfa owner (she drives a red 1990 Spider), and she told me about AROC USA. As I joined that club, I discovered A.L.F.A Inc, and, as they say, the rest is history. Our President, Bo Richardson, sent me a welcome email and in that suggested I think about leading some of our members through NW Tennessee and the Land Between the Lakes (LBL) area of southern Kentucky. Rose and I mapped a route that I think will highlight the diversity and beauty of the area and I hope you will join us on Saturday August 19. We will meet at my house, 1874 Palmyra Rd, Palmyra, TN, at 10:00 a.m. and drive about 4 hours, stopping at several interesting sites. Be sure to bring a sack lunch as we will be stopping at a picnic area in LBL. Rain date is August 26, as I hope for no rain so all the spiders can be top-down.

I look forward to meeting as many of the club members as possible.

 

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Spring Fling in St. Louis, MO

 Bo’s take on the Spring Fling

The St Louis Club’s “Spring Fling” was lots of fun.   Great folks and loyal Alfisti participated in this annual event.  The Tennessee Club was represented by Spring Fling regulars Bruce and Phyllis Tilden and John and Laura Greason.  Penny and I joined for our first “Fling” and were glad we did.

The collection of Alfas was impressive and included a late 50’s model Giulietta Berlina, Spiders, GTVs,  with a new Giulia and a 4C. 

The location was in Washington MO  50+ miles west of St. Louis in a more rolling hill area of MO where I had never been.  There had been some serious flooding just prior to the event and a bridge over the MO river on the north side of Washington was closed.  The weather cleared the morning the event started and the club was elated with the nice weather and the weekend that ensued.  We arrived on Friday night to a reception where everyone got reacquainted.   Saturday brought a beautiful day to drive those rolling hills I mentioned and it was lovely.  Penny and I had driven two cars in order to seriously participate.  So for the Saturday rally John and Laura Greason took the wheel  of the GTV and Penny drove me in the white Spider.  About halfway into the rally drive, something happened to a Spider and we all stopped to see what was going on.   This coupled with some communication that the road where we were headed was closed due to the recent flooding, made for a 25+ minute stop to talk about it.   After the group started driving again, Penny and I had to prove to ourselves that the road was truly closed.  While others went in various directions, we finally found the closed road and had to drive 10 miles back to where we were.   Determined to complete as much of the route as we could, we traveled around the closed road and found the beginning of Leg 2 and kept going.  All this put us an hour late for the meeting at a local winery.  Everyone else had eaten a sandwich and had some wine by the time we got there.   The group had planned an art show competition like done at the National Conventions.   We missed that too, but saw pictures of some special entries.

Back to the hotel to freshen up for an evening banquet.  The banquet was well managed with good food at a local restaurant.  The evening included lots of door prizes for attendees.   I cherish my Alfa tire valve stem caps I was given by random draw.  Great time and comradery at this event

Sunday morning included an autocross and concourso at a friend of the club’s business parking lot.  I have never participated in an autocross.  This time I did get t run in the passenger seat of a 4C.  It was quite the experience.   Otherwise, Penny and I just showed our cars and looked at everyone else’s.

Not over yet, the Spring Fling held a nice awards luncheon and gave awards for the rally, autocross and the concourso.   Our own John and Laura Greason were recognized for their success in the rally.  This was a great way to meet one last time and say goodbye to everyone and new friends for us.

Laura and John Greason have always promoted this event and I now agree that we should all attend it in the future.   Laura says “the best people are Alfa people” and it was certainly true of this group.   I hope you all have a chance to participate in Spring Fling sometime.  

 

 

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