Archive for July, 2018

Say Hello and Welcome to David and Carolyn Harrelson

​I have been an Alfa nut since going to Italy in 1962 for a year because my father was doing research at the Vatican library for a book he was writing.  Bought my first Alfa during Law school at Vandy, 1976, a well worn 1963 (titled as 1964) Giulia Spider 1600 5 speed, and still own it.  Now retired from law practice, I still enjoy building engines and cars (a hobby since about 14 years old), and am about to tackle my first total rocker replacement on a really rough 62 or 63 spider I bought for parts, already in two halves.  I also own a 63 Sprint, a very rough but complete 74 GTV, 84 Spider, and about 25 more Chevys, Buicks, Toyota trucks and others in various states of disrepair.  Thus my nickname on many forums is “rustfarmer”.
I have done just about everything with cars and trucks, but perhaps am best at diagnostics of mechanical and electrical issues, plus engine swaps and general hot rodding.  I was a member of the Nashville Alfa club many years ago, but at that time the group seemed more interested in eating pasta and drinking wine than working on their cars, so I lost interest. I look forward to meeting you and other members of the group, and am more than willing to help others keep these remarkable cars purring down the road.  Caio!

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With profound sadness, on behalf of the AROC Board, I share the news that Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, which includes Alfa Romeo, passed away this morning from complications incurred during a surgical procedure. A giant in the car industry, Mr. Marchionne, only 66 years old, turned around ailing Chrysler and Fiat companies, making them profitable, and successfully reintroduced Alfa Romeo to America. Additionally, he achieved his dream of Alfa Romeo returning to F1-Grand Prix racing circuit. We have lost a passionate, dedicated friend of our beloved marque. It is a sad day for Alfisti.


                                                            Cindy Banzer, President

                                                            Alfa Romeo Owners Club – USA

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Fiat Chrysler chooses Jeep exec to replace ailing CEO

The Associated Press from Rome:

Fiat Chrysler Automobile announced Saturday that CEO Sergio Marchionne’s health had suddenly deteriorated following surgery and that its board of directors had chosen Jeep executive Mike Manley to replace him.

Marchionne, a 66-year-old Italian-Canadian, joined Fiat in 2004 and led the Turin-based company’s merger with bankrupt U.S. carmaker Chrysler.  Manley, 54, had been heading the Jeep brand since June 2009 and the Ram brand from October 2015.

The announcement, at the end of an urgently convened board meeting, marked the end of the Marchionne era, which included the turnaround of failing Fiat. the takeover of bankrupt U.S. automaker Chrysler and the spinoffs of the heavy machinery and truck maker CNH and supercar maker Ferrari.

Fiat Chrysler said in a statement that due to his deteriorating health Marchionne “will be unable to return to work.”

Marchionne, 66, had announced he would step down in early 2019, so the board’s decision, to be confirmed at an upcoming shareholders’ meeting, will “accelerate” the CEO transition process, the statement said.

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AROC Membership

Rob Marrow had the idea and Larry Benson made it happen.  The Harper Auto Square dealer of Knoxville, TN has agreed to give each new buyer of an Alfa Romeo a free one-year membership in AROC.  Awesome!

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Introducing New Member, Walt and Ann Best

My wife, Ann, and I live in Franklin with our dog, Rocky.

I have a 1990 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce.  It is my first Alfa.

We love Sunday drives in the hills of middle TN.  I proudly displayed my car at our wedding with “just married” on the back.  Also, I recently took my 78 year old mother visiting from NC for a drive.  She said she “felt like Audrey Hepburn”.

Thanks and looking forward to getting together.

Walt Best

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