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Mark your Calendar for December

Please mark your calendars for December 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (CT).  Our Quarterly/Holiday Meeting will be held at the home of John and Laura Greason at 8771 Chimney Rock Blvd, Cordova, TN 38016.  Email for John and Laura is:  jpgreason@comcast.net

Laura tells me the main dish is Memphis BBQ.  You may let her know what you would like to add to compliment this fare.

It would be nice if Laura knew before or by December 1st if you will attend and what you are bringing.

Hope to see you there!

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Welcome to New Member Brian Brown

I came to know Alfa Romeo through my dear departed friend and boss at Plants Alive, Jerry Quinlisk.  I know many of you knew and loved him as well.  He always had three or four Alfas in his stable.  On the job, when there was good weather and a light workload,  he’d often say, “Well, let’s go cruise those Alfas.”  As you all know, it was thrilling!  I’d never driven anything like them.

About four years ago Jerry said he wanted to give me his ’79 Spider. I couldn’t believe it.  That’s the kind of guy Jerry was.  Of course I said yes!  Driving the car that night with my lovely wife is when I came to LOVE Alfas.  Since then, that car has become a passion of mine.  Driving her is such a joy.  But I’m also passionate about keeping her mechanically sound.  If anybody had told me four years ago that I’d be an Alfa Romeo mechanic, I’d have said they were crazy.  But out of necessity and passion, I’ve become good at it.  I’ve pulled an engine, replaced bad SPICA pumps with good ones, replaced timing gears, cams, motor mounts, drive shafts, radiators, wheel bearings, etc.  It scratches an itch that I never knew I had. 

I also play guitar and write songs.  I’m in a hard rock and blues cover band called Phoenix Rising based in Nashville.  I continue to love working at Plants Alive with Nancy Quinlisk at the helm.

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Welcome New Member Rob Marrow

I retired two years ago from a career in Information Technology, the last few years running IT systems for large hospital groups.  

A lifelong owner of sports cars, including many Alfas and Lancias, it all started when my Dad bought a Bugeye Sprite when I was about three.  My first car, at 16, was a 1965 Triumph Spitfire. I have fond memories of growing up checking out car books from the library all the time and attending dirt track races and SCCA races, as a friend of my Dad’s raced a 260Z.  I even got to work the flag corners and hang out in the pits.  

My first Alfa was a green 1973 Spider I bought when I was in my 20s.  I’ve owned 11 Alfas and eight Lancias over the years as well as that first Triumph.  I think I’ve owned about 30 – 35 cars overall.

My wife and I moved to Signal Mountain, TN five and a half years ago, and I realized a childhood dream of living on some acreage in an area where neighbors wouldn’t mind me having a bunch of project cars.  My retirement plan was to pursue my passion for cars and shortly before I retired, I started a buying spree, grabbing up “deal of the century” sports cars that seemed to appear daily on eBay, Craigslist, Bring-a-Trailer or some other online market.  

Before I knew it, I had accumulated 16 cars in varying states of “project.” About half of them run, but all need some sort of work, either mechanical or cosmetic.  My wife, Colby says I need a 12-step program for car addiction, but nonetheless has been incredibly supportive of me.  I think it’s because I’m free labor for her house flipping business, which is her retirement hobby.  

I’m now at a point where I’m working on either completing cars and selling them or selling some of them as is, hopefully running, projects so I can cull the herd down to just a couple of project cars at a time plus a rotating small collection of four or so cars for driving, rallies and car shows.  I think my initial collection will include at least two Alfas, a Lancia and a Porsche.  The current list includes four Alfas (Spider, GTV, GTV6 and 164LS), two Sunbeams, five Lancias, two Porsches and two classic Volvos.  I’m hoping to take some of the money from selling off some cars to build a car barn where I can store the collection and work on the projects.  My daily driver and tow vehicle is a 2004 F250 Turbodiesel.  I’m hoping to make the GTV6 my somewhat daily driver once I get it finished.

Anyone interested in visiting, hanging out and checking out the cars feel free to contact me.   rob_marrow@yahoo.com, 859-433-0631.

 

 

 

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Addition to March 25 Meeting

Gentle reminder to let Larry Benson know if you will be able to attend the March 25 Meeting at Noon ET at 5565 Jackson Ferry Rd, Greenback, TN 37742.  You may call Larry at 865 856-2791 or email him at:  greenback.37742@gmail.com to let him know what accompaniment you are bringing to augment his famous spaghetti dinner.

Larry has planned a two-hour drive for you after the meeting.

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Tom Kominos

This is my “new” 1993 Alfa Spider.  All original with one repaint.  I want to thank Bob Simonds for his help locating this car.

I had been looking for a British sports car for some time when I happened to notice some Alfas for sale in my Hemmings magazine.  I was quite familiar with the British sports cars.  I did a complete ground-up restoration of a Triumph TR3 in the past, as well as doing a current restoration of a TR3.  I knew nothing about Alfas so I called Bob to learn about them.  Needless to say, I was impressed by the amount of standard equipment available and the reasonable price.  Bob sold me on Alfas and I was fortunate to find such a nice car.  I live in McMinnville with my lovely wife, Annette and our cute dog “Duffy”.

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Rob McKeehan

Hello fellow Alfisti.  My current Alfa is a 1971 Giulia 1300 Super.  I bought the car through a successful auction bidding on the Bring-A-Trailer website on the day before this last Christmas.  Quite a Christmas present to myself!  That was the same time that I was retiring as an engineer from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, so it was my retirement splurge.

I had over the past year or so been in on the bidding process for other good Alfas of that vintage on the BAT site, but none successful.  This one was a welcome surprise.  The catch to obtaining the Alfa was that it in Greece.  The seller, Alex Vazaios, was well-known to the BAT community as a dependable dealer, and indeed to deal with, he was superb.  The Alfa was presented as being in excellent condition and uniquely original, down to the original rubber mats.  The transactions went very well, and the shipping was easily handled on his end.  After about a three-week boat ride the Alfa arrived in Savannah.  It was just as advertised. As a leap of faith, I had decided to drive the Alfa back to Knoxville, rather than trailer.  My wife, Susan, and I drove to Savannah for a short visit.  The Alfa was just as presented.  The Savannah warehouse folks were quite skeptical of it being driven across the mountains to Knoxville, but we headed out, and I drove it back, with Susan following, with no problems.

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