Spring Kickoff Meeting

Roger Cassin's stunning 1954 Alfa Romeo1900 CSS graced the parking lot (Gene Durso photo)

By Dave Pratt
Photos by Dave, Gene Durso, and Kevin Murphy

we seem to get more people showing up at our Spring Kickoff meetings every year! On Sunday, March 28th, Alfisti began gathering in the parking lot of Papa•Razzi Trattoria•Bar in Concord, MA, for our annual cobweb-cleaning lunch meeting well before the 12 noon official start. Everyone knows that part of the fun of our get-togethers is always hanging out before, during, and after for a little tire-kicking (no, not tire-licking, as I put it in Friday's announcement — damn you, spell checker!). We ended up with over 30 people!

Despite it being a bright and sunny day (as I promised in Friday's announcement), it was also a rather nippy one (as I neglected to mention), with the temperature struggling to make it out of the 30s. Still, a couple of Spiders arrived top-down (kudos to the Durnans and Dan Nicholes — of course, perhaps they don't have tops). Everyone milled around checking out the various Italian macchina before going inside to eat, well after the 12 noon official start.

Part of the reason for staying outside so long in the bracing weather was the appearance of Roger Cassin in his award-winning, Mille Miglia-experienced 1954 1900 CSS. It was a rare treat that all of his fellow Alfisti truly appreciated. Wonderful car! Roger was accompanied by Bruce Male, who joined us wearing an Alfa Romeo hat, although he arrived in his classic and rare 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante. Both gentlemen were out putting some miles on their special cars before shipping them to Arizona for the Copperstate 1000.

We eventually wandered inside, where we overflowed a very long table in our private dining room. We all ordered off Papa•Razzi's extensive menu and continued our Alfa-related banter. It's safe to say that no one was disappointed when our lunches arrived — they do things well!

Afterward, President Tom Lesko rapped someone's glass and got us down to business. After some introductory remarks, he turned over the imaginary podium to AONE Events Seat Brian Shorey, who began going over the growing list of events that our club has coming up throughout 2010. In additional to the perennial favorites we’ve enjoyed over the past few years (such as the South Shore Beach & Waterfront Tour, Tutto Italiano, Lime Rock Vintage Festival, the Wachusett Hillclimb, and Indian Summer Sortie tours), there are several new ones in the offing. For example, there’s to be a North Shore Drive and Lunch at Glynn Motorsports in May to complement the South Shore one in April. Also, the AROC National Convention is just down the road in Maryland this year, and we're planning to make our New England presence felt. And the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival is making Alfa Romeo its featured marque to commemorate Alfa's 100th anniversary — this should be a real blow-out! Keep watching our Events pages for info on all of these terrific upcoming activities!

We were also happy to have Peter Bourassa of New England-based Motorsports Marketing Resources as our guest, and he rose to give us a short talk on what they're all about. Check out their great newsletter!

After the "business" portion of the program, the gang continued to hang around and gab, and it was well after 3:00 before people began to depart. Our thanks once again go to Kevin Murphy for arranging our gathering, and to everyone who attended for contributing their thoughts about our  activities and making our club the success that it is!Tiny Quadrifoglio


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Spring Kickoff Meeting