Alfa Romeo Owners Club (AROC) Capital Chapter ~ Driving D.C., Maryland, & Northern Virginia Alfas since 1959

The Capital Chapter is one of the oldest among the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, founded in 1959, barely one year after our national Club began. Back then Alfas were rare — hard to find, difficult to maintain, challenging to understand — and the Club gave enthusiasts a place to learn how to keep them happy, and to exchange knowledge and parts, and to share their passion. There are many more of the cars now, both vintage and modern, and their owners still enjoy having a Club to connect us with each other so we can learn more about cars, events, and opportunities.

If you are an Alfa owner yourself, or someone interested in this century-old Italian automotive brand, we’d love to get to know you and share the thrills of the open road, the show field, and the track!

The Alfa Romeo Owners Club is a national organization. You can join the Club at www.aroc-usa.org. If you live in our region (Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia), select the Maryland MD (Chapter 04) Capital Chapter AROC membership, to sign on to our Chapter at no additional cost. We look forward to keeping you updated on our events, the AROC National Convention, and unique opportunities offered by our sponsors and regional Alfa Romeo studios.

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Thank you for your patience and understanding as our Club prioritized member and community safety by suspending in-person events this spring and summer. Chapter Officers have been paying close attention to what other AROC chapters and car clubs are doing, and we are going to begin offering events that can hopefully be both enjoyable and safe.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 | SAVE THE DATE! Yes, we’re on for the second 2020 car club driving tour! Organized by Phil & Rita Schleider, next month’s drive will start at Hunt Valley Towne Centre, Hunt Valley Cars & Coffee, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030; joining the other fine automobiles at Hunt Valley from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Motoring on from there, we’ll take a scenic drive through northern Baltimore County to the Gunpowder Falls State Park in the Hammerman area for a “bring what you got” picnic by the Gunpowder River. Entrance to the park is $3 per Maryland car, $5 per out-of-state.  

We’ll likely use park benches, but bringing a chairs or blankets is recommended.  Social distancing is encouraged and please be sure to bring a mask with you. Further details to follow!  Please RSVP by Thursday, October 22, to Brewster at BrewThack@gmail.com or any questions to Phil at Philschleider@yahoo.com.   

Monthly Dinner Meetings | The local chapter monthly dinners are currently suspended — we look forward to resuming them when it is safe to do so. Typically chapter dinners alternate between locations, including Chiapparelli’s Restaurant in Baltimore, Pulcinella’s in McLean and Vicino’s in Silver Spring.

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many cancelled 2020 club events and most national events will be rescheduled for 2021. But if you’re interested in organizing a future chapter club event, please contact the Chapter president, Brewster Thackeray, BrewThack@gmail.com or 703/508-4418.

April 2021 | The Spring Fling Picnic at the Josie and Randy Grant’s Potomac residence will be rescheduled for an Spring date.

April 2021| Tech Session at London Auto Services, located at 7718 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA.

May, 2021 | All Italian Car Show, Vienna, VA
For years we’ve watched British, German, and Japanese marques host annual car shows in the area, and wondered why there was no Italian car show in Washington D.C. – the most influential city in the world – so next year, we’re going to have an even bigger Concorso! We welcome cars from Virginia, Maryland, the District and beyond. The DC Italian Car Show typically draws cars from Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Ferrari, Maserati, Autobianchi, and Siata, as well as Italian motorcycles. We look forward to seeing 100+ shiny examples of local Italian automotive art on display in 2021. Car Show Address: Nottoway Park, 91537 Courthouse Rd., Vienna, VA.

July 20-25, 2021 | The 2021 Alto Miglia National Convention, Looking Back/Moving Forward. This year’s 2020 Alfa Romeo Alto Miglia National Convention has been rescheduled for July 18-25, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Co. Please note, if you booked 2020 accommodation, please see attached letter from AROC advising how to cancel your hotel room accommodation. 2021 activities schedules, registration and updated hotel accommodation is available at 2021 Alto Miglia Convention

September 2021| Capital Chapter BBQ Social hosted by Brad and Maggie Mellor.

September 10-12, 2021 | 25th Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance
The 2020 Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance is cancelled. But the local marque car clubs will be back at MotorSport Park in Malvern, PA in 2021.

September, 2021 |Vintage Grand Prix at the Watkins Glen and Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at the Glen. Due to COVID-19, the organizers of the 2020 Grand Prix will proceed but without any attendees present. Friday’s Grand Prix Festival is cancelled.

Alfas for Sale, Alfas to Buy!

Kai Hertz contacted me about a complete 1975 Alfa Romeo Spider he has for sale. The car has been sitting in a garage for 25 years. This 45 year-old looks to me to be quite worth the effort to revive! Some lower rust but not horrid. Really nice interior. I have photos I can share. He is eager to move it quickly and open to any offers. Please contact him directly at hertz.kai@gmail.com and let him know you heard about it from Brewster.

I know of an exceptional 19,500 mile 1991 Spider for sale in DC. Red with tan interior. The seller has owned it since 1999, always garaged. I am helping him prepare it to list it on Bring a Trailer, where a Spider with similar miles recently sold for $24,000. Please contact me for more information, BrewThack@gmail.com or 703/508-4418.

Frank Smith’s Alfa parts — Our late member Frank’s daughter Jen is preparing to close on his house next month. It was Frank’s hope that some of his collection of spares and parts would be gifted to chapter members who could use them. Most are GTV and Duetto parts. I can share photos of those and some of the boxes to give an idea, and will to the best of my ability arrange a time or two to meet with anyone that wants to look through the items. I will be bringing some of the remainder to my place so we can further distribute them.

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