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.

Alfa Centennial – Milano – Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The clutch on the JrZ was not disengaging so I took the car into a local shop in north of Img_0724Milan. It was discovered that both the master cylinder and slave cylinder needed replacement. A fantastic shop was recommended to me and the work was done quickly and at a price that could not be beat. A big thank you to Sergio Biondi at Autoriparazioni. Thursdays big event was the opening of the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum in Arese where the original Alfa factory once stood. The crowds were enormous and very excited. The museum is a fantastic showplace that has on display some of the most important Alfas. At 2pm the attendees gathered along with important personal from Alfa Romeo and former racing drivers for a toast to Alfa Romeo for at this time was the company conceived 100 years ago. Next stop was the Alfa Romeo exhibit at Parco Esposizioni Novegro just outside of Milano. Inside this huge exhibit hall were hundreds of incredible Alfas from private collections. Cars from all over the world were invited to display.

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