Alfa Centennial – Holland to Milano – Day One

The day started in Kerkrade at a former Abby – Rolduc Convention center/Hotel. A huge facility that included a church complete with a spooky crypt in it’s lower level and an in-house brewed abby ale that was quite fantastic. A great variety cars were gathered for the mornings drive. Also on display were three copies of the newest Alfa Romeo – The Giulietta – on loan from a local Alfa Romeo dealer who delivered them by truck to the parking area behind the Abby. The group of almost 300 cars over-filled the parking lot of the Kempinski Hotel outside of Frankfurt Germany after the scenic 4 hour drive from South Holland. It was quite enjoyable seeing Alfas scattered along the roads – some in groups, some on their own – as they made there way long the twisty roads of Germany.

Padua Trip – Day Five; Alfas, Alfas…. and even more Alfas

Picking up a buddy at the Milan Malpensa airport afforded us the opportunity to visit a little known museum for all things flight. The Parco e Museo del Volo Volandia covers flight wether it be the earliest flights in gliders or space travel. This museum also has some Alfa and Fiat aero engines on display. Housed in several historic buildings this is a great stop if you’ve got a plane to catch or are picking someone up as its almost walking distance from Malpensa.

One of the worlds oldest Alfa Romeo dealers is Fratelli Cozzi http://www.fratellicozzi.it/ just outside of Milan. Not only famous for being a long time dealer – unbeknownst to many, this dealers showroom has an Alfa Romeo museum in it’s basement.  Some very rare and or one-off models are on display here. The museum is by appointment only. Worth booking a visit if you are in the area.

Not that any of the general public is permitted inside at the current time the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arase, but it houses one of the largest number of pre and post war Alfas in the world. Look for the museums grand re-opening during the summer of 2015 coinciding with the Milan Expo.

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Coach builder Zagato is responsible for  some of the most impressive Alfas ever made. Their factory was never intended to produce a high volume of cars but currently they only design and re-body 9 units of each creation they decide to construct. They also are able to re-body your new supercar if you are looking for something more unique. Just be sure your bank account is located in Switzerland.

Some people collect cars, some also include various manufacture publications – A private collector in Northern Italy has taken collecting to an entirely new level. For 45 years this Alfisti has searched for the most interesting and unusual Alfas. Many of the cars in this collection are one-offs or prototypes that the Alfa Romeo museum would love to have. This collection is the life long ambition of a Italian gentleman who prefers to think of the buildings full of rare cars as a club for true Alfisti and membership is very exclusive.

Padua trip – Day four; twisty roads in Switzerland

After a morning walk around the historic section of Barr France we loaded up Dinkys 33 and set our sights for Italy and our final stop for the day; just south of Lake Como.  Before good pizza and a bed we had to pay 40 Swiss Francs to the boarder guard at the entrance to Switzerland for the privilege of driving on the well maintained Swiss highways. After a short time we tired of the main road and followed a predetermined route over the Alps via one two of scenic passes; Grimsel and the Simplon. Both offered plenty of amazing views, sharp hair-pin turns and beautiful lakes.

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Padua trip – Day three; a side trip for Alfas

Departing DInky’s moms house we headed south towards our hotel in Barr France, just south of Strasbourg. Then Dinky recalled that some of his Dutch Alfa Club buddies were planing to attend a car show this very weekend outside of Den Bosh Holland. So, we made a small side trip toward Den Bosh. Dink told me the show has been getting smaller each year and some of the people on the club forums did not give the show positive reviews. Upon entering the expo centers parking lot I was stunned by the amount of beautiful condition Alfas and other make Italian cars flooding into the parking area.  Surely Dinky must be mistaken, this must be one of the largest shows of the year. No, he was not impressed. Obviously he’s spoiled for great car events if this is not impressive. After spending far too much time at the show we hit road for quite a bit more time on the road then we anticipated. Arrival at the hotel was after most of the local restaurants had closed. All that was left open was a gyro/pizza shop with German influenced pizza (covered in meat) Not great for a vegetarian.

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Texas/Belgian beer!

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Yum! I don’t think this qualifies as Vegetarian?

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