GMS Open House

At Glynn Motorsports:  The First Alfa Romeo (AONE) and Ferrari (FCA) Joint Event

A huge turnout of classic Alfa Romeos and Ferraris headed for Glynn Motorsports (GMS) for its annual open house last Saturday. As cars continued to roll in and out, I lost count at around 40. Despite threatening weather, over 90% of those attending brought their vintage and modern Italian wheels. While a significant group of Alfa 4Cs in red and yellow represented the Alfa Romeo USA rebirth, most cars were over 10 years old. Unfortunately, the Giulia rebirth did not reach us.

One interesting aspect of this event is that every year there is a different spectrum of cars. Last year, as is often the case, many Giuliettas were present, while this year Duettos and 1970s GTVs took their place. The Duettos may have won the "greatest presence" award, with 5 (if the one on the lift is included). Then, throw in a Giulia Super, a Nuova Giulia 1300, a pod of Milanos, a 164, and post-Duetto spiders. This year, we had the good fortune to be joined by a flock of Ferraris, including a 456 GT, 330 GT, 460 Spider, and euro 308.

Veteran and new (Remko Breuker, Manchester, MA) club members came from as far away as Lenox, MA (Jeff Greenfield in his 4C), Gary Hoyt from the Fall River area in his wonderful Giulia Super, and Giulietta racer Roger Cassin. Fran O'Connor (with roughly 40 years in AONE) also came in his competizione red 4C, while Gene Durso brought his eye-poppingly attractive yellow 4C. Several early 1970s era GTVs were present, including the attractive burgundy flavored ones of Greg Stidsen and Paul Leone (amaranto rosso or close to it). We were also glad to have one of the chief mechanics (Chris Hammond) at Paul Russell & Co. bring his white Duetto. Tom Lesko, Jim Miga, and I reminisced about the tradition that GMS has in bringing Italian car enthusiasts together over the years.

An extra benefit was having a small group of Ferraris from different decades. A 1960s era 330 GT (David Michael), a euro 308 GTB (Gino Evangelista) made about 20 years later, a 1990s era 456 GT (very brief appearance), and a relatively modern and curvaceous 360 Spider (John Kenney). Contrary to what one might expect, the Alfas did not seem out of place with their more powerful big brothers side-by-side. Even more wonderful, both Alfisti and Ferraristi shared common admiration of their Italian hardware and common origin (Enzo first directed Alfa Romeo race teams, before heading out on his own to add a few more cylinders ... well, more than a few, to be more accurate).

All of us wish to indicate our appreciation to GMS for hosting the event and impressing everyone with its knowledge of and dedication to Italian sports cars, including engine rebuilds of both Alfas and Maseratis in Paul Glynn's "engine room". True to its mission, Michael Wrigley even did a repair on a Giulia, which apparently developed a leak (?) while being driven to the event. As every year, Paul held court in the engine room, with stories of 50 years of his own Alfa ownership, service, and racing experience, from the Trans-Am era to the present, in which he and Roger Cassin duke it out in their Giuliettas.

Perhaps, one of the most memorable GMS events ever, and definitely the best event ever on a very overcast day, in which yellow, red, burgundy, silver and blue Italian cars made the gray go away (and some other colors as well). Thanks again to Paul and Michael. (Mea culpa if I left out some names of those who attended, but the turnout was huge.)Tiny Quadrifoglio

[And thanks very much, Tom, for putting it all together again! — Ed.]

 

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