Cape Crusade

By Phil Bostwick
Photos by Peter Walker, Meg Anderson, Vi & Dave Pratt, and Michelle Dextraze

Crusaders meeting at the Dunkin' Donuts shop in Cape Cod's Patriot Square on Saturday morning, October 18, were greeted with blue skies, scattered white clouds, light winds and temperatures in the high sixties. Mother Nature had come through with perfect Crusader weather so all the Spiders' tops were down and sweatshirts and Red Sox caps were on. The ten cars and nineteen participants were:

Peter Walker and Meg Anderson - 1977 Spider
Ted Keon and Paul Rosenberg - 1974 GTV 2000
Rick and Linda Lesniewicz - 1957 Giulietta Spider Veloce
Glenn and Barbara Michael - 1983 Spider Veloce
Larry LoPresti and Michelle Dextraze - 1977 Spider
Greg and Andrea Stidsen - 1974 GTV 2000
Frank, Karen and Axel Anigbo - 1969 GTV 1750
Tom Lesko - 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce
Phil and Jean Ann Bostwick - 1972 GTV 2000
Dave and Vivian Pratt - Lesser Car

Following presentation of the Tired Butt Award to Glenn and Barbara Michael for their drive down from New Hampshire (Live Fast or Die), the Crusaders washed down donuts with their Dunkin' Donuts coffee and carefully studied digitally-prepared, high-resolution maps of the route to be driven. At 10:30 a.m. precisely, the Alfas (and a Boxster) fired up and headed out just as President Tom Lesko pulled into the parking lot to take up position as Tail-end Charlie. Timing is everything.

New Cape scenes and old Cape Cod churches, houses with Halloween decorations, sweeping beach vistas and sparkling blue marinas crammed with white boats awaited the Crusaders as they drove over all back roads through the fall color change. The village of East Dennis, Sesuit Harbor and Chapin Memorial Beach were seen as the ten-car train whistled west on beautiful Route 6A. Millway Marina on Barnstable Harbor provided a comfort stop and a photo op while the sun continued to shine. Alex Anigbo—age 19 months—decided to pack it in and departed with his stingy-brim hat and his mother to take a nap while Big Daddy Frank continued on the drive in his yellow ochre 1750 GTV. The Cape Crusade seems to agree with GTVs, as this is the second year in a row to feature four of the lovely coupes.

The train turned south at West Barnstable to head for Osterville and the summah homes of the One Per cent. After slowing dragging the main in the lovely town of Osterville, the Crusaders pulled into Dowses beach near East Bay to inspect and review each of the Alfas and discuss the finer points of restoration, rust prevention and TLC of the cars. A slow trip down Sea View Avenue on Nantucket Sound and a trip to Grand Island rewarded the group with a spectacular view of beautiful homes, the Wianno Country Club and golf course and a glimpse of the gaited community (no riff raff, please) at Oyster Harbors. Then we "pointed 'em north" past the Cape Cod Airport, through Farmersville and up Route 130 into Sandwich, one of the oldest and loveliest towns on the Cape. The group hit their ETA of 2:00 p.m. on the nose at the Pilot House Restaurant on Cape Cod Canal just in time to hurry up and wait (one hour) for a bite of food. However, the service was pleasant, the camaraderie stimulating, the cocktail hour delightful and the food (when it got there) excellent. At 4:30 p.m. goodbyes were done all 'round and the Alfas (and one alternative vehicle) drove off into the afternoon sun.

The consensus seemed unanimous—the weather, the drive, the lunch and Olde Cape Cod in the fall had all been worthy of very high marks. Hope to see you next October for Cape Crusade V, Lord willing and the crick don't rise.Tiny Quadrifoglio

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