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 2021 National Convention, and unique opportunities offered by our sponsors and regional Alfa Romeo studios.
2021 Capital Chapter il calendario Events
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.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues in to 2021 the club organizers are looking to schedule safe club events including moving some of the typically schedule spring events to the fall. If you’re interested in organizing a 2021 chapter club event or have other event ideas, please contact the Chapter president, Brewster Thackeray, BrewThack@gmail.com or 703/508-4418.
April 24, 2021 | The Spring Fling Drive will start at the Josie and Randy Grant’s Potomac residence at 1:30PM. Bring a picnic blanket | Wash the Alfa! Gas up the Alfa for this Saturday’s in-person event of 2021 will occur on April 24!
The Spring Fling will be a driving tour this year. We will meet at perennial hosts Randy and Josie Grant’s house in Potomac, Maryland at 1:30 p.m. (Please refer to the member email for their address.) But, the twist is we won’t be going inside – health concerns remaining paramount. We shall head out from the Grants’ neighborhood on a 2-hour tour of some lovely Potomac, Poolesville-direction Alfa-friendly roads. We will conclude the drive at a park or restaurant where we can admire each other’s cars, and catch up in a socially responsible style.
Weather: This Saturday’s weather forecast may include rain throughout the day. If it looks like it will impact the otherwise enjoyable driving conditions, club organizers will send an email to membership by 11:00 AM on Saturday, updating the drive date to Saturday, May 1
June, 2021 | 7:00 PM | Virtual Monthly Dinner Zoom Session. We are continuing the Spring speaker series and discussing all things Alfa Romeo with club members. We are excited to hear your Alfa driving stories. The June speaker will be announced soon. The Zoom sessions start at 7:00 PM. Club members introduce themselves then the speaker commences at 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Zoom connection details are available in the emailed member newsletter.
July 2021 | Club Drive | The drive will commerce from a Northern Virginia start location (date pending).
September 7-12, 2021 | Hosted and organized by the Colorado Spring AROC chapter, the national AROC 2021 Alto Miglia National Convention, Looking Back/Moving Forward is taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO. Please check the national AROC website for more event registration and information.
October, 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. So this 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.
September 25, 2021| Capital Chapter BBQ Social hosted at Brad and Maggie Mellor’s residence in Vienna, VA.
Fall 2021 | Tech Session | London Auto Services, located at 7718 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA. (Date pending)
October 16, 2021 | Rockville Antique And Classic Car Show – It’s always a good day to see a terrific display of classic cars at the Rockville Civic Center Park. We strongly encourage our chapter club members to show their Alfa at this local event. Register your Alfa in advance or the day of the show. Our chapter typically has 10-20 Alfa Romeos on display.
October 23, 2021 | Annual Fall Colors Club Drive Event – Organized by Phil & Rita Schleider
December 12, 2021 | Chapter Holiday Party – Location and further details to follow.
Alfas for Sale, Alfas to Buy!
NEW chapter benefit! Capital Chapter members, if you have an Alfa that you are looking to sell, please forward the information to Annabel.Bendz@gmail.com to list it on the CapitalAlfa.org website.