Viva Alfa Romeo, November 5th, a gathering of 37 Alfa Romeos and five Fiat 124s on the brick lined Market Street in picturesque Celebration adjacent to Disney World. It was almost as if we were on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. It wouldn't have been a surprise if Mickey and Minnie came strolling through among the spectators and tourists.
Actually the gathering began Friday evening when about half of the attendees filled the banquet room at Café D'Antonio on the corner of Market and Front Streets, facing the lake. After announcements were made by the Mid-Florida (Middie) AROC Hospitality Queen, Gladys Bernstein, the wine and words flowed and folks got reacquainted with friends they had not seen for a while. Many were from South Florida: Armando Paredes and his three sons all the way up from Miami; and South West Florida AROC members (SWFLs) all the way from Ft. Myers and Naples, Bob & Theresa Lombardo, Buddy & Marilyn Guynn, George Smith and Joe Hayward.
Eight of the Alfas were from the Florida Alfa Club (FAC) located vicinity of Tampa Bay on the Gulf Coast: Frank Amrosio in his for sale red 1982 spider veloce; Barry Andress in his cherry and red 1972 GTV; new member John Fox in his shiny, black 2015 4C spider; Polly & Delmas Greene in her green 1969 GTV; Harmon & Jo Heed in their blond 1964 Giulia spider; Sergio Mouradian in his red, race built 1975 Alfetta; John & Cheryl Picot in their Rosso Amaranto 1973 GTV; and John & Linda Rady in their red 1991 spider veloce. John sold the spider there to Gil Gagne who was brought to Celebration by his son Pete Gagne, a Middie who drives a 1978 spider. Gil was very active in the New England AROC back in the 1970s and headed the committee that hosted the National Convention in Boston back then. He will soon become a Middie so that red spider will continue to be seen on Florida roads.
Because of the paucity of older Alfas, only three were 1960s vintage, the judging classes were divided up into ten year increments and there were no "open" or "closed" classes. FAC members won two of the five classes: Polly Greene's 1969 "Green Bean" GTV took best in the 1960s class and Barry Andress's restored 1972 GTV (Gran Turismo Veloce) took best in the 1970s Class. The other winners were: Middie Will Ramos' 1988 spider won the 1980s class: SWFL member (& pres) Bob Lombardos' 1991 spider Quadrifolio won the 1990s class: Middie Erik & Jeanette Ekh's very rare (in the States, anyway) took the 2000 class. The People's Choice award went to Middie Carlo Amalfitano's hermaphrodite 1964 Giulietta/Giulia spider.
After the passing of long time Middie president, Howard Bernstein, and his successor, Barry Mann, there was some trepidation about this grand annual gathering continuing. The number of cars has declined in the last two years. But other club members have stepped forward: the indomitable Gladys Burstein, VP Phil & Patty Cowherd, treasurer Norman & Joan Burnstine, secretary Margo Miller, Bill Suchy and many others. They already have the street reserved for Saturday, November 4, 2017. If you live in the South, mark your calendar now. Who knows, Tinker Bell might spread her fairy dust over the street Friday evening and Saturday morning we might be greeted by Mickey!
Harmon Heed, Florida Alfa Club 11 November 2016
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Mid Florida Alfa Romeo Owners Club, Inc.
Dear Auto Enthusiast: VIVA Alfa Romeo Car Show 2016 is the 14th of Mid Florida AROC's annual Viva Alfa Romeo Car Show and Parade. This gala event, scheduled for November 5th, is strictly for Alfa Romeo, vintage Fiat and Lancia automobiles of every year and model. The purpose of the event is to strengthen the bonds of fellowship among all participating Alfistis and Fiatistis, to recognize those who have striven to maintain autos of rare design or condition and to provide a venue where we may display the virtues of our autos to the general public. The site we have chosen is Market Street, in the heart of downtown Celebration, Florida. The town has agreed to cordon off the main block of this beautiful busy street as our show site. The town of Celebration has been highly publicized and draws visitors from around the world. The location is ideal for attracting a large number of spectators during the entire time of the exhibition. Following the show period, our cars will be driven along a parade route through Celebration. We look forward to a great time together. Those who participate by exhibiting their Alfa Romeos during the show will receive a welcome bag of memorabilia and will be eligible for awards based on judging.
Directions to Celebration Show Site: From North: I-4 W to exit #64 to U.S. 192 east (Kissimmee/Celebration). Turn right on Celebration Avenue to Market St. From the East and South: I-95 to Beeline (Toll 528 W) exit onto S.R. 417 S. Take exit 2 toward U.S. 192 east. Take ramp to Celebration. Turn left on Celebration Avenue to Market Street. From the West: I-4 E to exit 62. toward S.R. 417 N . Merge onto S.R. 417 via exit #24 E. Take exit #2 toward U.S.192 E (Celebration). Turn right on Celebration Avenue to Market Street. From Northwest: Florida Turnpike south to exit #289. Follow U.S. 27 south and merge onto U.S. 192 east. Turn right on Celebration Avenue to Market Street.
Schedule of events: Friday Evening, November 4 , 2016 - 7:00 PM Group Dinner in private room Café D'ANTONIO 691 Front Street Celebration, FL. 34747
Saturday November 5 2016 Viva Alfa Romeo Show 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Parking 10:00AM to 3:30 PM Display 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM Awards 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM Parade through Celebration. 5:00 PM Group Dinner in private room Olive Garden 5021 W. Irlo Bronson Highway Kissimmee, FL 34746
Host Hotel: Comfort Suites Maingate East 2775 Florida Plaza Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 Phone (407) 397-7848 or 1-888-784-8379 www.comfortsuitesfl.com Mention Mid Florida Alfa Romeo Club for a special rate. Block of rooms at this rate will be held through 10/24/16
A limited number of sponsor vendors will be displaying their products and services.