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From the tiny, bucolic village of Neskowin on the Oregon Coast, I send you greetings from your AROC Board of Directors, wishing you a day of rest, relaxation and rejoicing with your family and friends as we fete America’s 245th birthday.
The majestic waves of the Pacific Ocean pound the sand as we stroll near its edge, thankful for temperatures cooler than the 117 degrees much of Oregon endured this past week. While the formal community activities are still suspended this year, families are here, preparing the barbecue, chatting across decks to neighbors on their decks and in yards. Children riding their bikes, toddlers making sandcastles, teens gathering on the beach for bonfires, parents looking forward to a glorious sunset, all normal beach activities that are again part of our lives.
The tide has turned ~ calmness and happiness drifts through the village as we joyfully mingle with friends and neighbors. We have much to celebrate this 4th of July.
As summer swings into full gear, the exuberance I read in the missives from you is about our fast-approaching AROC National Convention, Colorado’s Alto Miglia, September 7-12, 2021.
On the horizon are driving tours around Colorado, in-person happy hours, our traditional swap meet, art show, tech/breakout sessions, moonlight car show, gimmick rally and Concorso – then high tea at a castle, tours of the National Museum of WWII Aviation and Olympic Training Center, plus time attacks at Pikes Peak International Raceway – and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive up Pike’s Peak itself!
Many, many Alfisti will be there – friends we haven’t seen in person for too long, new friends to be made, old cars, new cars to see, stories to share, memories to be made. The majestic mountains of Colorado Springs await us. See you there!
Adding to the summer festivities, AROC is back at Concorso Italiano on Saturday, August 14th, and the Monterey Car Week/Pebble Beach activities. An exhibited car provides admission for two people coming in with the car, the most cost-effective way to enter and enjoy the show.
Be sure to stop by the AROC booth to say hello and sign up for the drawing for a special piece of artwork provided by Steve Austin. Also, Steve will be glad to chat with you about the upcoming Italy and USGP in Austin trips.
I have been enjoying the give-and-take on our AROC-USA Facebook Group. Jennifer Perez’s posts about her new Giulia and should she join AROC (she did) caught my attention. Her response to my email welcoming her to the Club was so enthusiastic and heartwarming about her car that I knew you would enjoy her remarks.
“Hi Cindy, Thanks so much for your email! I can honestly say that since I’ve been more active in the Facebook Group, I’ve gotten way more excited about my car! I got a 2020 Giulia Quadrifoglio in January. It took me a few years to buy it. I traded a Mercedes C63 AMG for it. I was really torn at first, but I couldn’t be happier now. The Alfa Romeo dealership was fantastic. Much better buyer experience than the Mercedes for sure! Plus, they don’t have an awesome group like AROC. My husband and I love to travel, so we would definitely like to go places with AROC. Thanks so much for the warm welcome. I look forward to all the driving adventures!” Jenn Perez.
On that happy note, from wherever you are this 4th of July, let us resume celebrating the United States of America on her 245th birthday!