The Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese is in imminent danger of closing — and you can help save it! This note just came in from Ven Fonte, an AONE member and owner of several wonderful classic Alfa Romeos:
Below is the original email from Oliver Collins, with info info on how you can make your voice heard. Do it now — the deadline looms! Here is how to post a comment to ‘Save the Alfa Museum’:
I have just been advised of the unfortunate news that our beloved Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese is once again in danger of being dismantled, notwithstanding the ruling by the Italian Ministry of Culture to keep the Museum and it’s cars and documents intact.
The current FIAT ownership is putting huge pressure on the Ministry in Rome to have this ruling modified. The current ownership's final goal is not only to sell some of the cars, but also to sell the whole structure and finally move the remaining cars to Turin and lock them in a warehouse, as it has already been done with the Lancia Museum.
We are asking you to show your support for maintaining what is every Alfisti's spiritual "home", the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese. Built and opened on December 18th, 1976 by the Alfa President at that time, Giuseppe Luraghi. The Alfa Romeo Museum is the essence of the Brand, it tells the story of its great victories, its great technological innovations, and its unforgettable cars.
Unfortunately there is not much time. At the end of January 2011 the Italian Ministry of Culture will evaluate the request to modify it’s ruling, as requested by the current ownership, and will issue a ministerial decree regarding the protection of the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese. This will be after examining the arguments of the supporters of this initiative against the objections by the current Alfa owners.
A write-in campaign has been created and, although it’s in Italian, it's very simple to navigate (see instructions below): please send in your feelings about the possibility of the museum being dismantled and the cars locked up somewhere in a warehouse. Your comments will help a lot!
Over the next few days the comments will be constantly monitored, and the messages left will be very helpful in preventing the Italian Ministry of Culture from modifying their ruling.
PS: when forwarding this email make sure not to send it to email addresses connected in any way with the current FIAT/ALFA ownership or employees.
Thank you very much in advance for your support! The original Italian version of this message is below.
Cari amici Alfisti,
More information from Italy — Alessandra Giorgetti - AFRA wrote:
The Arese mayors office succeeded a month ago in applying a national law , maintaining that Arese Alfa Romeo building , the cars, the archive , all documents and anything in the structure were of national cultural interest and FIAT auto could not destroy, move or sell anything concerning the museum.
Now Fiat says ok, the cars and the documents are national interests, but not the building. Because of expo 2015, they wish to sell it and dismantle it and are pressing the national government for this amendment. (Berlusconi hates Fiat...but we are not lucky enough for this to help!)
This should not be done, because we have archaic rules and Arese building was designed by a famous architect Vito Latis ...and should be of historical interests (otherwise the coliseum in Rome wouldn’t have survived so many years....) But we are in Italy and anything is possible.
The problem is that if Fiat gets the agreement for the building...where will all the cars be stored? Nowhere....!! because Fiat has no money for another structure and ...if we are lucky, they will be locked in Torino underground and no Alfisti or anyone will see the museum for many many years. If we are unlucky, some pieces will disappear during the transportation.........
So please write some words of disappointment on this web site that will be read by the government in Rome as proof of the international interest of the Museum.
Post this to all your friends and Alfisti that can
help us , but do not post it to Fiat employers!