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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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Marvin Smith Just Can’t Help Himself

Sometimes I can’t help myself.  I am completely redoing my 81 Spider.  I had the paint touched up by my body man, took out the engine and transmission to be rebuilt, then took the car to an upholstery man to have the interior redone as well.  I felt that would put my Spider on the top of the list for Spiders. 

I knew this would bring my Spider to the next level, then I found a Spider for sale in Alabama with a hardtop.  Needless to say, I bought the 89 Spider for its hardtop and it also had a new soft top that could replace my slightly used soft top.

I now have everything to put together the #1 Spider, in my opinion, that exists.  Not only will the car have a great paint job, high performance chromed engine, custom leather interior and a removable hardtop, (which is rare), but it will still be the only Spider that has its own boat to pull.

It will not be finished to show off at the March meeting, but be assured I will have it out soon to show it off.





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Meet Vaughn Robinson, Number 5 of 10

When I was single back in the 50s in LA, all my buddies had sports cars.  One had a Pantera, the other a Porsche Targa.  So I decided I needed a sports car also.  I went to the Jensen Healey dealer in LA, drove the car and just did not like it. 

I then went to Newport Motors, the local Alfa dealer and fell in love with the spider.  Well, I told the sales guy I wanted a red one.  So in 1975, I bought a brand new 1974 Alfa Spider 2000 and kept if for six years or so.  Years later I had it repainted white.  

The AROSC club had a Concours inside a local mall.  I won 2nd place in best of show.  Over the years, I drove it from LA to Seattle round trip with my three kids in the car.   Purred like a kitten.  

I changed the color scheme to pearl white with a rainbow trim….very unusual.

In 2005, we moved to Tennessee and Donna and I bought an 88 Spider Quad from eBay in New Jersey.  It is silver and has won numerous awards at European Car Shows.





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4th of 10

Welcome to Jens Christensen and wife, Christy of Chattanooga. 

Jens drives a 1977 Spider.

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3rd of 10

Ben Ponder of Cowan, TN is our third new member availing himself of the free one-year membership in AROC/A.L.F.A., Inc.

Ben and wife, Jennifer, have a 1986 Quadrifoglio and a 1987 Spider.

We look forward to seeing them at our meetings and/or events.  Welcome Ben and Jennifer!

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2nd of 10

Larry Benson nominated Myron Wilklund for a free one-year membership in AROC/A.L.F.A., Inc.

Myron is a former Giulietta owner and runs the Parts Dept at Harper Alfa in Knoxville.

Welcome to Myron!

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