1 A Publication of the Northwest Alfa Romeo Club Volume 22 April 2005 Issue 4 Tulip Rallye By Fred Russel This year s 24 th Annual MG Car Club Tulip Rallye might prove to be another jewel in the crown for the Alfa / UK team. Of the 9 Alfa entries last year, Team Kingstone came through with a decisive victory. They won even after stopping for a broken Alfa not that they actually helped - just stopped to laugh, point, and shoot a picture for posterity. That s the kind of team spirit we have in our Alfa family. It all turned out just fine, especially when we found out the day was also William Kingstone s birthday. There should be around 200 cars, representing a variety of marques, set to start this year s rallye. Though 9 Alfa entries was a good number last year, let s try to increase it this year. Fifteen cars would be an impressive goal! As always, this will be a gimmick rallye. Half the effort is not getting lost, while the other half is answering the goofy questions and solving puns. Starting at the Skagit Valley Mall parking lot early on the 23 rd, with clip board and directions in hand, you ll head out. Following those directions, you ll follow fun and beautiful roads through the Skagit Valley and surrounding area. We ve traveled through the towns of LaConner, Mount Vernon, Bow, Edison, and even Coupeville. We have been led through such exotic spots as Fidalgo Island, Deception Pass and Ebey s Landing. The goofy questions roll along. Here s a sample from last year What s old, but should have been cold? The answer was a sign, broken near the top left, that read old Beer The whole experience proves to be a lot of fun for winners and losers alike Dust off your trusted ride and head to the Skagit Valley on April 23 rd. The MG club does a great job of this event and it s a day well spent. By Dave Emerson Thanks to Joe English for putting on a fun Alfa Party on Saturday, March 12 th. Joe opened his shop to the club, letting us all see the progress John van Rensburg and Jes Thyssen have been making on their Franken Milanos. If you don t know what I m talking about then you haven t been reading your Iniezione. (You probably aren t reading this either.) John and Joe generated so much interest from the Alfa community that when Jane asked me who was there I told her it might be easier to say who wasn t. For good reason too, as Joe got Ken McBride to open up his toy chest as well. Lots to look at, especially for fans of big American V8s. But wait, there s more downstairs Ferraris, a 30 s era Talbot, and on and on. Joe intended to run a tech session, but the crowd got scattered between his shop, Ken s playground, and the beautiful spring weather outside. Lunch happened instead of a tech session, along with lots Thanks Joe Ken and Bill too. of kibitzing among friends. After lunch I left to enjoy a bit of Giulietta drive time. Well, the old gal must have been feeling a bit neglected lately accelerating onto 99 at the south end of the Aurora Bridge continued on page 5 Here is a glimpse of Ken McBride s collection. Most of the collection was American, but if you look closely there were quite a few European cars too. Inside GTV6 Work Party Turn Workers Needed Lapping Day Potlatch Registration
2 Alfafredly s Rambling March sunshine brings April Flowers?? whoops, something is wrong with those words. I can t believe I had so much time with the top down in the last month. The Spider usually doesn t go out in March what a treat! I believe it is going to be a great year weather -wise to enjoy our cars. I hope, I hope! Have you noticed lately that the prices of Alfas seem to be going up finally! I just read that several Berlinas have sold for $8K+ and they weren t concours cars. The SSSSS (South Seattle Secret Sedan Society) must be happy to hear that. I guess the free Berlina days are coming to an end. Are Alfettas next? Nay, not likely. It was quite encouraging to see almost 50 people at our March general meeting to Kick Off the Potlatch. The convention team was very happy to see the support and new volunteers who stepped forward from our membership. It was also exciting to see the sponsors that stepped up as well as the $300+ in donations for the Alfa Giveaway. Speaking of the Alfa Giveaway, the car has now been secured a 1976 red Spider. Shortly the process of preparing it for the convention and its new owner will begin. There are many ways you can help us be the first convention in Alfa history to give away an Alfa. First, we are taking cash donations to help pay for the car and the repairs. Your donation will be tax deductible as you are making a donation to Children s Hospital through the The Adam and Julie Edwards Memorial Guild. You can make a donation by cash, personal check or by credit card. Please send your donation to Ron Calkins, Gordy, or me. The second way you can help is to join the fun as we dismantle 2 GTV-6 s on the weekend of April 30 th at Group 2. These cars are going to be parted out and the funds donated to the cause. The third way you can help is to contact either John Gates or me about helping with the paint prep and reassembly of the car. I can imagine that we are going to have some fun getting this car ready and kill some cold ones in the process. Please help however you can! By the way, I hope someone from our club wins this car (it will be a nice car), so be sure to buy lots of tickets when you register for the convention. In closing, I want to ask each of you to make an effort to thank the members of our board and the convention committees for all their hard work to date if and when you see them throughout the month. The amount of time that all these people have put into the convention to date is amazing. We are so lucky to have such a strong team to make our Potlatch the best convention ever. Thanks to all of you! Four months and 27 days until the doors open What fun we are going to have! Cheers, Fred Picture of the donor cars These are the about to be parts Need any? President Fred Wright th Place SE Sammamish, WA Secretary Patrick Hood st Avenue SW Seattle, WA Activities Dave Kingstone nd Place NE Kenmore, WA Editor Brian Jones th Ave W Mountlake Terrace, WA Production Editor Fred Russel Board Memebers Vice -President John van Rensburg Bothell-Everett Hwy #102 Bothell, WA Treasurer Ron Calkins PO Box Seattle Wa Commitee Directors Membership Harry Reed th St SW Edmonds, WA Iniezione Staff Club Laisons Competition Herb Sanborn 900 South 10th St. Mt. Vernon, WA Webmaster Kim Christiansen Technical Editor Wes Ingram 309 S. Cloverdale St #D-5 Seattle Wa Italian Car Club of British Columbia Fritz Duernberger Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts(SOVREN) Steve Scheaffer Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Oregon Dan Sommers The Iniezione is the monthly newsletter of the Northwest Alfa Romeo Club, a non-profit organization of Alfa Romeo enthusiasts. NWARC is a regional chapter of the national Alfa Romeo Owners Club (AROC). Chapter meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month except December. Membership dues are $63 per year, which includes subscriptions to the Iniezione and the national publication, Alfa Owner. For information about joining the club, contact the membership director, whose name appears on this page. Deadline for the submission of articles or classified ads is the third Friday of the month prior to the issue month. Opinions expressed in the Iniezione are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the club. Publication of articles describing technical procedures does not constitute an endorsement by the club, its officers, or AROC. It is the responsibility of the person performing any procedure to accept all consequences of his or her actions.
3 Up Coming Events Is there an event that should be on this list? Please contact Dave Kingstone. APR 12 APRIL MEETING AT VRM Vintage Motor Racing, st Ave NE, Redmond. The club will be ordering pizza and beverages. $8 per person if you plan on eating. John APR SOVREN KICK-OFF, PR APR 17 LAPPING DAY, PR See the entry form on page 9 for details. APR 23 TULIP RALLYE TOUR Tip-toe through the tulips with the MG Club for the day. Rosalie. MAY 10 MAY MEETING AT FOS Ferrari of Seattle will be hosting the annual May meeting. They may have some input on the latest Alfa rumors. 6:30. MAY 15 LAPPING DAY BEMERTON JUN 15 LAPPING DAY PR JUN 19 FATHER S DAY CAR SHOW The Italian Car Club of British Columbia hosts their annual Father s Day Car Show in North Vancouver BC. Brian Jones, , Welcome New Members! We extend a hearty welcome to the following enthusiastic folks who ve joined the NWARC recently: John R Keller, Coeur d Alene ID, 1971 Jr. Zagato Bill Chapman, Seattle Miguel Origenes, Seattle Steve Valentinetti, Seattle Glad to have you with us! We look forward to seeing you at events whenever you can make it. Next Meeting TUESDAY, April 12 Vintage Motor Racing st Ave NE, Redmond :30 We get to spend time around some of the most amazing cars in a private collection and I want to take this opportunity to thank Bruce and Tom for opening the doors for our club! I ll make sure to bring sodas, as well as road sodas (the leaded kind), bottled water and we ll order-in pizza and sides... (Bring a bottle of vino if you care.)can we say a collection of 8 bucks per person eating/drinking will be taken up to cover costs? My number is for any thoughts or questions. Cheers, JvR P.S. The May 10th meeting will be back over at Ferrari of Seattle! Turn Workers April 17th Pacific Raceways April 17 th is our initial Pacific Raceways lapping day. We need turn workers. By the time you read this your club will have run two driving schools and a lapping day at Bremerton Raceways. Your competition program runs on volunteer labor: instructors, registration, tech, and turn workers. No volunteers, no competition program. Track fees pay for track rental, insurance, EMT, a tow truck, lunches, and purchase of track equipment such as radios, flags, fire extinguishers, and cones. We have an ambitious program set up this season with 6 PR dates: April, continued on page 4 That Time Of Year By Harry Reed April isn t just for taxes. It is also time to re-elect the nationial board. Ballots will be send out in the April issue of the Owner. Keep an eye out for them. Iniezione Ads, Commercial Display Ad Rates 1/2 page $270/year or $135/6 months 1/4 page - $160/year or $80/6months 1/8 page or business card - $8/month To place a display ad, call or for more information. Non-commercial classified ads are free to members and $10 for two months for non-members. Photos $10. Potlatch Work Party By Fred Russel What: Alfa Work Party removing sellable parts from two GTV6s When: Saturday, April 30th and/or Sunday, May 1st -- 8 AM until we lose energy. Where: Group2 Motor Sports, 4442-B 27th Ave West Seattle Yes, we are looking for people to sign up for the NWARC Alfa Work Party. This party will be to benefit the Children s Hospital / Potlatch Car Raffle project. This is a great way to put some of that deep Alfa Romeo talent we have to work on a good cause. We have two donated GTV6s that we plan to part out to raise money for the Raffle Car needs. The opportunity is to learn how to take Alfas apart by some of the best mechanics around, while helping to provide parts to people who need them, and the benefit goes to Children s Hospital. The Work Party volunteers get preferential treatment if they plan to buy any parts from these cars. How can volunteers sign up? or call Fred Russell ( ) to say when you can be there. Hurry space is limited. Coming Next Month: Listing of cool items for sale and info on how to purchase. Remember to pay well since the money goes to a good cause 3
4 NWARC Member Profile: Ron Calkins What is your occupation? I ve worked in telecommunications over the years, mostly in the wireless industry. One of those Can You Hear Me Now? guys. What Alfas have owned? Other Italian vehicles? Over the years I have owned a total of five 116 s 4 Alfetta GTs and 1 Sport Sedan. I ve always been enamored of the hatchback styling, and Giugiaro just nailed it with this car. Currently I have a 79 Alfetta Sprint Veloce, a 67 Duetto, and a 73 GTV race car in progress. The Duetto was taken off the road for a series of upgrades years ago. The race car is the infamous Sharky and has recently gotten a rebuilt drive train. I need to get these two bookends back out on the open road and track soon! While I ve never owned any other Italian marques, I dream of some day driving a Lamborghini GT350 or GT400. Als,o having a Ducatti would be a blast! Why Alfa Romeo? Well, there s the Italian mystique and flare that naturally comes to the marque. I ve always had sports/sport- ing cars, mainly German. I wanted to try something else, something that was known for its handling and engineering, but also something that was wonderfully sculpted. Naturally this led me towards the Italian cars. And since I was a poor college student at the time, it was either Fiat, Lancia, or Alfa. Not a hard decision. When and how did you first discover Alfa Romeo? I d always read about Alfas in the car magazines but other than rare, fleeting glances of Spiders, I really don t recall seeing any until I was stationed in Europe. I saw a lot of Guilas on the road, and my company commander bought a brand new 75. I remember thinking, What a brand new car, and he s already been hit in the rear?! What was your first Alfa? When? My first Alfa was a ratmobile of a 1976 Alfetta GT ripped and tattered interior with a splendid backyard paint job. The sale came complete with box of questionable spares. I was in school at the time (about 1990), had a toddler and money was tight. The wife said we didn t have the money for any sports car nonsense. I said, Pressures of school, work, etc. are driving me crazy - either I get a sports car or have an affair... Magically a thousand dollars appeared in the family budget and my first Alfetta was purchased. How long have you been a member of the NWARC or other Alfa clubs? I initially joined the Puget Sound Alfa Romeo Owners Association in 1990 with the purchase of that first Alfetta. Back then I kept bugging Hans Quinett for Alfetta advice since he is the Alfetta guru. I joined NWARC in the late 90 s. Do you have any Alfa horror stories? Of course don t we all? I was driving my son to school in that first Alfetta when I smelled the distinct odor of gasoline while heading southbound on I-5. No sooner had I pulled off the freeway than the car s engine compartment went up in a ball of smoke and flames. I didn t have an extinguisher but my main concern at the time was fighting those blasted child seat clips and latches to pull my son out of the tight little backseat area while the rest continued on page 10 4
5 Thanks Joe continued from page 1 something popped as we were winding out 2 nd. Suddenly she wouldn t respond to the throttle. She kept idling as we coasted down the bridge and off in lower Wallingford by the no-tell Bridge Motel. Popped the hood, reached between her carbs and yes, she d rev when her throttle got goosed. Hmm something must not be quite connected. Well the entire Alfa community is partying at Group 2 and I have the first item of Alfa repair, a cell phone. So I call. They ask for my number in case they have problems locating me. Of course I can t remember the dang thing, but I have it written down and look it up. The manager from the no-tell comes out in the meantime and helps me push her out of the street and into his parking lot. I call Jane as well and she volunteers to come over. Good thing, because the party must be hard to pull away from. I m still alone when Jane pulls up. By then I know where the throttle linkage broke and decide to run up to Stoneway Hardware and try a bailing wire fix. I ve about got it and call Group 2 to tell them not to worry, she ll limp home. They re happy to hear from me as they tried to call back and got nothing on the line. Well that s funny, cause the dang phone was on the whole time. The Messerschmitt KR200 was the most eclectic piece of either collection. The car is owned by Bill Cotter Looks like old and new technology are teaming up on me. Jane and I head for home, but my bailing wire fix fails and we only get around the corner to the other side of the no-tell motel. Jane calls Joe while I go back to scraping some more skin off the back of my paw. Jane figures out that her dutz husband gave Joe our old cell number. (Now what s the point in learning a number if it changes all the time?) While we wait I fiddle with the phone and figure out how to make it tell its number. Joe, Dianne and John van Rensburg show up along with a bit of throttle linkage out of Dianne s Sprint. Not the exact piece I broke but it has a pair of the plastic female ends. That is what broke, so it s a simple replacement almost. Now she only needed one of these until we broke the one on the other end reinstalling the linkage. Forty-seven years of being cooked by engine heat apparently did in the little buggers. Monday I call Wes Ingram and yes, he stocks them, but now I need half a dozen two to replace the ones Joe gave me, two for spares, and two more for Joe since he doesn t have any on the shelf either. If you re still with me you now know why this piece is titled Thanks, Joe. 5
6 Alfa Potlatch Seattle 2005 AROC National Convention Share the Experience July 27th - 31st in Bellevue, WA The North West Alfa Romeo Club Welcomes You To The 2005 Alfa Potlatch Seattle! We hope as you plan your schedule for the various events, that you can also take some time to explore the breathtaking beauty that is the Pacific Northwest. Please check our web site at for more detailed info on the various events that we are offering. Schedule of Events Wednesday, July 27 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Check-in for Convention Attendees - Convention registration desk located at the 1st level Banquet Lobby 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Alfa Potlatch Welcome Reception - DoubleTree Hotel Thursday, July 28 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Check-in for Convention Attendees - Convention registration desk located at the 1st level Banquet Lobby TBA Vendor Booths Open - DoubleTree Hotel 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tours, Sightseeing, etc - Various locations 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting - Velato s Meeting Room 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Art Show & Model Car Show - DoubleTree Hotel 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Miniature Car Race - DoubleTree Hotel 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tour of Jon Shirley's & Greg Whitten's Italian Auto Collection 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Pre-Tech for Time Trials & Autocross - 1st level parking lot 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. All Alfa V6 Engine Performance & Transaxle Handling Dynamics Tech Session & Tour - Group 2 Motorsports 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Time Trial & Autocross Informational Open House - DoubleTree Hotel Friday, July 29 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Check-in for Convention Attendees - Convention registration desk located at the 1st level Banquet Lobby TBA Vendor Booths Open - DoubleTree Hotel 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Time Trials - Pacific Raceways, Kent, WA 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tours, Sightseeing, etc - Various locations 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Art Show & Model Car Show - DoubleTree Hotel 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Miniature Car Race - DoubleTree Hotel 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Parade Laps - Pacific Raceways, Kent, WA 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Editors /Webmasters Meeting - Misty s Lounge 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Welcome Party - 1st level Banquet Lobby area 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Moon Light Madness Concours - 1st level parking lot Saturday, July 30 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Auto Cross - Emerald Downs, Auburn TBA Vendor Booths Open - DoubleTree Hotel 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tours, Sightseeing, etc - Various locations 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Art Show & Model Car Show - DoubleTree Hotel 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Miniature Car Race - DoubleTree Hotel 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. TSD/Gimmick Rallye - Emerald Downs, Auburn 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tech Session with Wes Ingram - Velato s Meeting Room 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Model Car Concours Judging - DoubleTree Hotel 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Alfa Art Show Judging - DoubleTree Hotel 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Suds & Suds Car Wash - 1st level parking lot 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception - 1st level Banquet Lobby 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. AROC Annual Meeting & Alfa Potlatch Banquet - Evergreen Ballroom Sunday, July 31 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Concours d Elegance - Bellevue Community College 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon - Evergreen Ballroom 6
7 Alfa Potlatch Seattle 2005 AROC National Convention Registration Form Name(s) of Attendee(s) Address State Zip Phone ( ) Chapter Affiliation Total Amount Enclosed $ Early Registration is encouraged! Some activities will sell out and meals have a 72-hour minimum cut-off time. Registration for events will be on a first-come-first-served basis as received. For additional information visit our web site at or you may call (253) or (425) Registrations must be postmarked on or before June 15 to receive the early registration discount. No registration is valid until your payment has been received and you have received a confirmation via or US mail. Hotel Information: Our convention hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel, th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA A block of rooms has been reserved for a special convention price of $104 single/double occupancy + room tax. You must contact the hotel directly by calling (425) and ask for the "AROC group rate" or register online at use booking code: "ARC". Event Date Quantity Price Amount Registration (all convention attendees must pay this fee) $ 40/Family $ Non-Member Dues (waived for members of ARA & National Alfa clubs outside the USA) $ 60/Family $ Win a 1976 Alfa Spider - Proceeds to benefit Children's Hospital in Seattle $ 10/Ticket $ Alfa Potlatch Welcome Reception Wed. 7/27 No Charge No Charge AROC Board of Directors Meeting Thurs. 7/28 No Charge No Charge All Alfa V6 Engine Performance & Transaxle Handling Dynamics Tech Session and Shop Tour Pre-Tech for Time Trial & Auto Cross Cars Thurs. 7/28 Thurs. 7/28 No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge Italian Auto Collection Tour - Jon Shirley & Greg Whitten Thurs. 7/28 $ 10/Person $ Model Car Show Thurs.-Sat. $ 10/Entry $ Alfa Art Show Thurs.-Sat. $ 10/Entry $ City and Country Tours Thurs.-Sat. $ 5/Tour $ Time Trails at Pacific Raceways Fri. 7/29 $ 165/Driver $ Parade Laps at PR (FREE for Time Trial entrants) Fri. 7/29 $ 20/Driver $ Alfa Potlatch Welcome Party Fri. 7/29 No Charge No Charge Moon Light Madness Concours Fri. 7/29 $ 10/Car $ Auto Cross at Emerald Downs Sat. 7/30 $ 35/Driver $ TSD/Gimmick Rallye Sat. 7/30 $ 25/Driver $ Tech Sessions with Wes Ingram Sat. 7/30 No Charge No Charge Suds and Suds Car Wash Sat. 7/30 No Charge No Charge AROC Annual Meeting and Alfa Potlatch Banquet Sat. 7/30 $ 49/Person $ Concours-Judged /Display Classes $ 20/Car $ Sun. 7/31 - Each Additional Car $ 15/Car $ Awards Luncheon Sun. 7/31 $ 25/Person $ For each paid event, please ADD $5 for late registration (after June 15). Total $ Event Car 1 - Year, Model Car 2 - Year, Model Time Trails Autocross Concours-Judged Classes Concours-Display Classes Track Experience No track experience Three or more track events Competition license Please make checks payable to: NWARC/Alfa Potlatch CK# A $25 fee will be charged for returned checks. Send to: Kathleen Edwards, PO Box 568, Black Diamond, WA You may also register online at Charge my Visa/Master Card: # Exp.. If desired, you may send a photo of your Alfa for our photo board. (Please put your return info on the back of the photo) 7
8 24 th Annual LaConner Tulip Daffodil Rallye Date: Saturday, April 23 rd Time: 9:30 am (Rallye Start) Place: Cascade Mall I-5 Exit 230 Each car club will have a First Place finish for 24 th Annual LaConner Tulip Daffodil Rallye. Non-club entrants can win in open class. This year s course will revisit the beautiful countryside around LaConner and Whidby Island. You and your navigator will enjoy spectacular scenery while touring; so don t leave your camera behind. This event is a gimmick rallye, where questions take the place of time/distance checkpoints, so anyone should be able to compete successfully. All you need is a sharp eye and a sense of humor. Please note -- speed is not recommended! You might want to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the end point while the scores are being tabulated. Our ending point is still a mystery even to us. Please fill out the form below and send it along with $10.00 U.S. or $10.00 Canadian per car to the MGCC at the address shown below. ($12.00 US or $12.00 Canadian to register the day of event.) Please remember to bring along some canned food for donation to Northwest Harvest. For more information call Ken (425) See you there! Directions: From I-5 take exit 230 and head east on Highway 20. Take a right at stoplight onto South Burlington Blvd. Take a right at next light onto Cascade Mall Drive. Go straight until you see the white MG Car Club tent, where you will check in. All rallye information and car number will be issued on the day of the rallye YES!! I want to participate in the 24th LaConner Tulip Daffodil Rallye! NAME PHONE TYPE OF CAR (S) ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP IF YOU BELONG TO A CAR CLUB, WHICH ONE? Entry Fee for each car is $10 (US) $10 (CDN) advance, or $12 (US) $12 (CDN) day of event Event Dash Plaque $5.00 (US) each $ $ TOTAL $ Make checks payable to MGCCNWC. Mail to: Tulip Rallye, c/o Ken Bottini, N.E. 36 th St., Bellevue, WA Questions?: or 8
9 Pacific Raceways April 17th Register Early Space Is Limited Our first event at Pacific Raceways is coming up, so please plan to join us for some (hopefully dry-weather) driving at speed! Pre-register for this event by mail, , or phone. Cost is $165 if postmarked before April 10 and $185 from April 11 to the day of the event. Additional driver, same car: $85. NO EXCEPTIONS. Registration is limited, so pre-register early. Car Preparation: We cannot over-emphasize how important it is for you to self inspect your car prior to the event (visit our Web site, for more information). We will perform an on-site safety inspection before allowing you to drive; however, you are responsible for the mechanical condition of your car. This affects your safety and the safety of the others out on the track with you. Especially if this is your first track event of the season, we recommend you have your car inspected at your local shop before coming to Pacific Raceways. For Alfas only: If you plan on driving your Alfa, below is a list of local shops where you can make an appointment for a mechanical inspection prior to the event. Download a copy of the Tech form from our Web site and have the shop sign the Tech form. This will greatly speed your process through the day-of-event tech inspection. Tacoma: Alfa of Tacoma, (253) Central Seattle: Ferrari of Seattle (206) Tacoma: Bristow's Exclusive Auto Repair, (253) South Seattle: Ingram Enterprises, (206) Safety Requirements: 1. Helmet: Snell 90 rated or newer. Shatter-proof eye protection. (There are a limited number of helmets available for rent on a first-come first-served basis; contact the registrars to reserve one. ) 2. Open cars must have securely mounted roll bar that extends above the driver's helmet and has a diagonal cross-brace or documented DOT approved rollover protection point seat belts are considered minimum. 2-point belts must be replaced by 5-point systems. 4. Non-synthetic clothing that extends to ankles, wrists and neck. Denim jeans and cotton long sleeved shirt are considered minimum. Driving suits are recommended. Non-perforated leather gloves or Nomex racing gloves are required. Novices are welcome: Instructors will be available to work with novice drivers. We highly recommend that novice drivers participate in a lapping day at Bremerton Raceway before coming out to Pacific Raceways, although we do not require it. Novice drivers must have completed our basic driving school (or its equivalent sponsored by another club) before driving at Pacific Raceways. If you are not sure if you are qualified, call Herb or Kathleen at phone numbers listed below. Make sure you re prepared: Get plenty of rest the night before, eat well, and be prepared in advance so that you re not rushed at the last moment. Budget plenty of time to get to the track. Please obey the speed limits to and from the track! Arrive early: Gates open at 7:00 a.m., with on-site tech inspection beginning at 7:15 a.m. and a MANDATORY drivers meeting at 8:15 a.m. For questions or to register, contact Kathleen Edwards, or Herb Sanborn, More info is available at the NWARC Web site: To get to Pacific Raceways: From Hwy 167 or I-5 north or south, take Hwy 18 going east. Pass through Auburn, and take the Pacific Raceways Exit. Follow the signs to Pacific Raceways. Mail completed application with check payable to NWARC to: Kathleen Edwards. Mark Pacific Raceways April 17 on the envelope. To register using your Visa / MasterCard, call Kathleen at (253) or Herb at (360) You may also register via to: Please provide the following information when ing. Name: Address City: State/Prov: Zip Code Phone_( ) Alternate phone_( ) Alfa Club member?: Car Make: Model: Color: Year: Track Experience/skill level Comments 9
10 Turn Workers continued from page 3 June, July, August, September, and October. That s more than Porsche, more than BMW. Looking ahead in July we host the National Convention Time Trials. We want experienced turn workers at ALL turns during the convention. That s four more turns than we usually cover. We don t want to lose any of our guests out there, so we need to build our team now. At the Time Trials we ll have NW based pre-war and special Alfas on the track at lunch. Insure your spot now as part of the Convention Turn Worker Team. What do you get out of it? You get a front row seat at a prime location. At each turn you can learn something. You get to see how good and bad drivers take both your turn and the approach to the next. You can see the line, what speed good drivers take on approach and how they set up their exit. We move people around from AM to PM so you get more than one view. You get credit towards a future track event. Work a day with us and you can drive a day at Bremerton free, including the driver s school. You can also use your credit for half off at a Pacific Raceways event. That s equivlent to the same credit as an instructor, as they re lucky to get a half-day in their own car. You get hot laps during lunch. We match you up with an instructor or other willing Group-A driver for some fun. Enough said. We ll buy your lunch. We ll fit it in some how and we buy. You might make a new friend. You ll get to know another club member better after sharing a corner. Hey, I know it s a long day but you joined this club to get to know other Alfisti. You may come away with a new friend or a tech bit about your car. It s up to you. You get experience. If you haven t done this before we ll match you up with some who has experience. That puts you in line to have a front row convention seat. You get to help your club. We have perhaps the most ambitious track program among Seattle car clubs this year. I believe we have more events than either the Porsche or BMW clubs. We have way fewer members, so we need you. If you re interested, contact me at (206) or com. I ll add you to my list and send you a reminder near the event. Ron Clakins contunued from page 6 of the car went up like dry tinder. No sooner had I gotten my son to the safety of the side of the road, the car pretty well on its way to being engulfed, when I realized I had about $400 worth of textbooks sitting in the passenger seat. The books were rescued but the car was a loss. My son and I still joke about the incident. Yeah, he s pretty much scarred for life. What has been your most memorable Alfa Romeo related moment? There are many so it s hard to choose the best but here is one. I was down at Sears Point Raceway watching an endurance race with multiple classes of cars, and the best, most wonderful sounding racecar on the track was a little Alfa Jr. It was just belting the most beautiful, sonorous aria out of its side pipes a symphony of harmonious cams, chains, pistons, and ignition! And it was like the smallest little engine that could out there on the track that day but nonetheless had the best sounding engine! Anything else you would like to share about yourself? I think the main thing I ve learned about my passion for Alfas is that, while the cars are at the center of all this, it truly is the friendship and camaraderie with like-minded or should I say likepassioned people that makes all this so fun and special. 10
11 WANTED: set of Mille Miglia Wheels 14x6, four hole. Has center casting that reads 1000 Miglia Contact Mike Kay (206) or me at (3/05) FOR SALE: 1983 Alfa Romeo GTV-6, silver w/blue leather interior,159,280 mi. d/t in good shape needs cosmetic TLC & alternator. Slight rust. $2100 OBO , (3/05) Classifieds FOR SALE: Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, book, magazine, brochure and model car collection [only three Ferrai books and 12 models, mostly Alfa stuff.] Most books are now out of print, and models are primarily 1/43rd scale and no longer manufactured. All models are in original boxes, and none of the kits have been built. I ve been saving them for 20 years, hoping some day I d have the time to enjoy them. Kits are resin, metal and plastic. All the cool Alfa s from the 60 s and 70 s. Please send an to and I ll forward a complete listing. Mitch Hobbs (4/05) FOR SALE: 4 brand new 195/65-15 Yokohama DB S2 tires $ brand new 185/70-14 Sumi Tomo HTR200 tires mounted and balanced on standard rims with hubcaps $300. Oversized alloy pulley for alternators (cuts down on rpm s-great for track) $ Goodyear GSCS 195/60-14 two heat cycles $200. Fred (4/05)
12 January '05 February '05 March '05 April '05 11 General Meeting 29 Ferrari Karting Challenge Champs Seattle 5 24 HRS Daytona Pledge Drive 8 General Meeting 12 General Meeting At VRM 8 General Meeting 12 Driver s School, BR 12 Group 2 Tech Session 18 Lapping Day, BR SOVREN Kickoff, PR 17 Lapping Day, PR 26 Performance School, BR 19 St. Patty s Day Party 23 LaConner Tulip Rallye May '05 June '05 July '05 August '05 10 General Meeting At FoS 14 General Meeting 12 General Meeting 9 General Meeting SOVREN Spring Sprints, PR 15 Lapping Day, PR 1-3 Alfa Coral at Historics, PR 18 Lapping Day, PR 15 Lapping Day, BR Fathersday Car Show Vancouver BC Alfa Potlatch 19 Concorso Italiano, Monterey 29 Potlatch Time Trials, PR September '05 October '05 November '05 December '05 13 General Meeting 1-2 SOVREN Maryhill Loops 8 General Meeting 15 Lapping Day, PR SOVREN Fall Finale, PR 11 General Meeting 22 Lapping Day, PR 13 Driver s School, BR INIEZIONE NW Alfa Romeo Club c/o Harry Reed th St SW Edmonds, Wa NWARC EVENTS ARE IN BOLD All dates and events subject to change.